I’ve recently made the slightest tweak to my bedtime routine and it’s doing wonders for my skin.
My secret? A sleeping mask.
No, not the kind Holly Golightly wears to sleep through the morning light (although, I totally have to get myself one of those too).
No, the sleeping mask I use is a leave-in mask that you slather on your face before you go to bed at night and wash it off in the morning.
They come all the way from Korea (who else is so obsessed with masks to create one to use while they sleep?) and their job is to intensely hydrate your skin while you’re getting some well-deserved zzzz.
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask is one of the most popular in Korea. It’s gaining a small and loyal following in the USA too. And it’s said to be a dupe for the more expensive Dior Hydra Life Jelly Sleeping Mask.
Is there are any truth in that? Let’s get our white coats on and investigate:
Can you make a hydrating mask without glycerin? Probably yes, but it works so well, few even try.
Glycerin is a humectant. Its job is to attract moisture from the environment into the skin. When skin has enough moisture, it looks plumper and smoother and takes on a subtle glow.
This is a silicone. It’s a bit different from the usual silicones we all love to hate because it evaporates really quickly.
Basically, cyclopentasiloxane helps the formula spread smoothly onto the skin. Once it’s done its job, it disappears into thin hair. Bye bye!
What else do I need to know?
Dior Sleeping Mask is probably a bit more hydrating. It contains sodium hyaluronate, another humectant that attracts moisture into the skin. But this one can bind up to 1000 times its weight in water, so it’s much, much more hydrating than glycerin.
The rest of the formula is made up mostly of synthetic chemicals, including a generous dose of heavy silicones to lock moisture into the skin. They also make fine lines and wrinkles look smaller. And nope, they DON’T suffocate skin.
Laneige contains more humectants than Dior’s, but none as powerful as sodium hyaluronate. It also has more natural extracts, but they don’t necessarily do anything here.
Where can I get them?
Is Laneige Water Sleeping Mask A Dupe For Dior Hydra Life Jelly Sleeping Mask?
No, Laneige Water Sleeping Mask isn’t an exact dupe for Dior Hydra Life Jelly Sleeping Mask, but it does the same thing. Dior’s may be a tiny bit more hydrating, but I doubt you’ll notice much of a difference. If you’re on a budget, definitely opt for Laneige.