In the fast-paced world of Korean skincare, few products last more than one season. If you fall in love with a mask or serum, you’d better stock up. By the time you run out, you won’t be able to get your mitts on it anymore.
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask is the exception to the rule. This cult mask has lasted YEARS and is still going strong. It’s like the grandmother of Korean masks.
What’s the secret behind its longevity? I’ve put it to the test to find out:
Key Ingredients In Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
Hyaluronic Acid To Hydrate Skin
If I wanted to be a stickler for detail (and I do 🙂 ), Laneige Water Sleeping Mask doesn’t contain pure Hyaluronic Acid. It uses Sodium Hyaluronate, a derivative that can better penetrate skin.
Sodium Hyaluronate is a moisture magnet on steroids: it attracts and binds to the skin up to 1000 times its weight in water. Can you imagine how happy your skin is with all that extra moisture?
When skin has all the moisture it needs (and then some), it plumps up, so fine lines and wrinkles look smaller. It gets softer to the touch. And it takes on a dewy glow.
P.S. Sodium Hyaluronate isn’t the only moisture magnet in this mask. It also contains Butylene Glycol and Glycerin. They do the same thing, but on a smaller scale.
Related: The Complete Guide To Hyaluronic Acid: What It Is, What It Does & How To Use It
Beta-Glucan To Soothe Skin
Beta-Glucan is a sugar found in the cell walls of yeast, some bacteria, and even seaweed. What is it doing in Laneige Water Sleeping Mask? It has 3 jobs:
- Texture-enhancer: It makes the texture easy to spread and a pleasure to use.
- Antioxidant: It helps reduce wrinkle depth.
- Soothing: It calms down redness and irritation.
Ascorbyl Glucoside (Vitamin C) To Fight Wrinkles
Ascorbyl Glucoside is a Vitamin C derivative made with glucose (a sugar). When applied onto the skin, it breaks down into L-Ascorbic Acid, the pure form of this Vitamin.
L-Ascorbic Acid is an anti-aging superstar. Here’s what it does:
- Fights the free radicals that give you wrinkles
- Boosts the production of collagen, the protein that keeps skin firm
- Reduces transepidermal water loss, helping to keep skin hydrated
- Brightens skin and fades away hyperpigmentation
If it’s so powerful, why does Laneige Water Sleeping Mask use a derivative? L-Ascorbic Acid is harsh and unstable. It easily irritates skin and goes bad within 3 months.
Ascorbyl Glucoside gives you the benefits of L-Ascorbic Acid (ok, it’s a little less effective) without these side effects.
Related: Types Of Vitamin C Used In Cosmetics: Which One Is Right For You?
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask has a lightweight, silky texture that glides on like a dream. It looks a bit shiny at first, but it soon dries down to a matte finish. The best part? It doesn’t clog pores.
It has a clean scent that disappears pretty quickly, but if you have sensitive skin, beware. It may cause irritation in some people. Luckily, my skin can tolerate fragrance pretty well.
Just after application, my skin instantly feels softer and smoother. A sure sign this mask packs a very hydrating punch.
I go to sleep and let it work its magic on the skin. When I wake up in the morning, my whole face looks plumper and healthy.
I don’t use this mask every night. But if I have an important event the next day – a photoshoot for IG, a friend’s wedding or a networking lunch – I am sure to slather it on. It makes me look radiant and awake.
FYI, a sleeping mask is always the LAST step in your evening skincare routine. That’s right. You apply it AFTER moisturizer.
But you don’t have to use it as a sleeping mask. If you have oily skin, for example, you can use it as your moisturiser. Or you can use it in the morning, if you could do with the extra hydration during the day.
That’s the beauty of hydrating products. You can use them whenever your skin needs the extra perk-me-up.
One last thing: I know I always say I don’t like products in jars. But as long as you close the lid quickly, the antioxidants won’t go bad too soon. Plus, the mask comes with a spatula for a more hygienic application.
Available at: $24.00/£43.27 at Sephora and Yes Style
Have you tried Laneige Water Sleeping Mask? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Trehalose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Root Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Beta-Glucan, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Chloride, Potassium Alginate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Stearyl Behenate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide MEA, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Alcohol, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, CI 42090