I discovered these two masks during allergy season when I was about to claw my face off. I was reading online, desperately searching for something that would help calm and restore my itchy and burning face, and got some advice about Laneige, a Korean brand that's part of the AmorePacific roster, but miraculously is sold at Target, of all places, and priced accordingly. There are two target stores in my immediate reach, one on each side of the neighborhood, which is just one of the perks of North Jersey living (and almost makes up for our traffic situation). I sent The Husband to pick up the masks, because there was no way I was leaving the house in my drippy oozy state, and started applying as soon as I had them.
These are both sleeping masks, meaning stuff you apply before bed and let do its thing while you sleep, with no need to wash it off. The sheer colorless application also makes them perfect for air travel (see my previous posts here and here, and don't skip the Lisa Eldridge video I included). I was only flying high in my head (see Benadryl), and sleep was touch and go, but results of both product proved impeccable.
Laneige Water sleeping Mask is a gel that works in a similar way to old favorites such as the Dr.Jart or Sisley Black Rose, but even more effectively. My skin drinks every drop and wakes up fresh and smooth as new.The firming mas is a bit different, It looks opaque but goes on sheer, has a texture of a pudding or a panna cotta, and plumps up even the most ridiculously abused skin within 8-10 hours. I caould not believe my eyes, an interesting fact about the firming mask is that twenty for hours after you've dug in and used (1/4-1/2 a teaspoon) the product and it surface go back into smooth/untouched surface. Slightly freaky but very cool, and sort of explains what it does to your skin to get it into perfect shape.
Both Laeige masks did wonders for my skin in less than twenty four hours and have been since incorporated into my nightly routine, depending what else I'm slapping on. The seem to be bonding water to the skin at lightning fast rate, which was the right thing at the right time. Some of the ingredients seem more effective than others, but with all my skin sensitivity lately I had nothing but good reaction to it, and have I mentioned the calming effect? It's heaven.
Ingredients for Laneige Water Sleeping Mask:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Trehalose, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Beta-Glucan, Castanea Sativa (Chestnut) Seed Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide MEA, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glycogen, Glutamic Acid, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Lysine HCl, Magnesium Sulfate, Mannitol, Manganese Sulfate, Serine, Sucrose, Stearyl Behenate, Citrulline, Alanine, Arginine, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Zinc Sulfate, Caprylyl Glycol, Threonine, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Polysorbate 20, Propanediol, PCA, Histidine HCl, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Blue 1.Laneige Firming Sleeping Mask looks even more science fiction like. Whatever is in there bonds the skin, plumps it, and create a lift that holds for hours. As long as you're not allergic to any of the ingredients and don't react to fragrance (a light spa-like floral thing that I catually enjoy), you're golden. /obviously, it's not a Botox alternative, but continued use shows that that my skin has never been happier (except when I succumb and eat coconut, but that's totally my fault).
Ingredient for the Firming Mask:
Bottom line: both Laneige sleep masks are excellent, nourishing, hydrating, plumping, and makes one feel incredibly good even at the height of ick season.
Laneige Water sleeping Mask ($23) & firming Sleeping Mask ($30) are available at Target, in store and online.