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For those who’ve yet to get on board: a sleeping / overnight mask is a heavy-duty moisturiser that you use as the last step of your skincare regime when your skin needs some intense TLC. Apply them all over your face as you would a mask. They’re usually thicker in consistency, and will work its magic as you sleep.
As a beauty writer, I’ve had to opportunity to try out tonnes of overnight masks (it’s part of the job!). And while I hate to play favourites as much as possible, the Laniege Water Sleeping Mask will always have a priority place in my skincare stash. Here’s why:
1. It’s very hydrating
Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask is one of the earliest – if not the earliest – sleeping mask to hit the beauty market. I’ve put it to the test multiple times – coming home from the club and using nothing but the mask as an “all-in-one” skincare, using it on parched skin when I travel to cold countries (with temperature in the negatives), and as a pick-me-up for dull skin due to sleepless nights.
Every time, I wake up to supple and hydrated skin.
2. It’s a no-frills product that does the job well
We’ll admit, multi-tasking products are the rage these days. There are products that claim to hydrate and brighten, lift and firm, anti-pollution and anti-aging… while we love those, it’s always exciting to find products that work just the way that they claim to.
The Laneige Water Sleeping Mask serves only one purpose: to provide intense hydration to the skin. And it lives up to its claim as I mentioned above.
Also, the sleeping mask is a fool-proof product. You don’t have to store it in the fridge, or use it with other Laneige skincare products – it plays well with everything that I have (and I change up my skincare routine pretty often). Simply scoop a dollop up, slather it all over your face and head to bed.
3. It’s a lightweight overnight mask that can be used every day
Some people may prefer the richness of a cream overnight mask, but be advised that those might not be suitable for everyday use. The richness of creams might clog pores when used over-frequently. The Water Sleeping Mask, on the other hand, is a lightweight gel sleeping mask that’s oil-free. It’s recommended to be used two times a week, but I’ve stuck to it for at least three months, using it every single day and the mask actually helped in improving my skin condition.
4. It gets absorbed quickly into the skin
You know of products that just don’t seem to be absorbed by your skin even after leaving it on for hours? Not for the Water Sleeping Mask. Give the mask 10 minutes for it to sink into your skin – it’ll set to a non-offensive tacky texture that serves as a barrier against pollutants while you sleep.
5. It has a calming scent
If you’re one to read the instructions on the box/instruction manual, you’d notice that Laneige encourages users to first take a deep breath of the fresh, calming scent of the mask to soothe tense nerves first before applying it to the face. I do that whenever I use the sleeping mask. Placebo effect or not, the clean scent does lend a soothing effect and helps lull me to sleep at night.
So if you're in the market for your first overnight mask, the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask is a good beginner's product to start things off.