While you were sleeping…
I love sleeping masks. While I am super diligent about my skincare, the sleeping mask (or ‘pack’ as they say in Korea) indulges my desire to feel like my products are still putting in more effort than I am.
Make no mistake, sleeping masks are NOT for the lazy girl. They’re an additional step and not meant to substitute your 10 other steps.
So why use it? Well, when your skin’s as dry as cardboard, you need to pull out the big guns, and sleeping masks are nutrient-packed, hydration-pumping marvels. And you just leave them on overnight! So, here are my top 5 picks for every skincare concern.
FOR ULTIMATE HYDRATION
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
One of Laneige’s bestsellers, this sleeping mask has built a firm following among Korean women.
Superstar ingredient(s): Beta Glucan releases a moisture layer for 8 hours, making your skin look dewy in the morning.
FOR BRIGHT SKIN (& EVEN BRIGHTER PACKAGING)
Tony Moly Panda Dream White Magic Cream
Tony Moly’s packaging is unbeatable when it comes to cuteness, but this panda mask is more than just a pretty (panda) face. It has built up a strong reputation among younger Seoulites.
Superstar ingredient(s): Bamboo shoot will both hydrate and brighten your skin, help with pigmentation such as dark marks from acne.
FOR WRINKE-FREE SKIN
Mizon Snail Wrinkle Care Sleeping Pack
While some of you may cringe at the thought of slapping snail mucin on your face, snail slime is proven to have a tonne of healing properties and few brands incorporate the ingredient better than Mizon. Although Mizon’s packaging is hardly exciting, the brand has developed a stronghold among beauty bloggers who want products that get straight to the point.
Superstar ingredient(s): Icky sticky snail mucin will help repair, heal and restore elasticity to your skin. Remember ladies, no pain no gain, right?
FOR CALM SKIN
Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask
Sulwhasoo’s Overnight Vitalizing Mask is a rich, creamy dessert for your skin that will have you glowing in the morning.
Superstar ingredient(s): Sulwhasoo is known for using a multitude of delicious herby Korean ingredients and this mask is no exception. The ginseng and licorice root both have strong anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. The ginseng lends a nice fresh ginger smell to the product.
FOR SMOOTH, BUMP-FREE SKIN
Innisfree Wine Jelly Sleeping Pack
I know a lot of wine-lovers who like nothing more than to finish the day off with a glass of red. Well, how about an extra helping for your skin?
Superstar ingredient(s): Red wine extract from France. Why, bonjour happy skin! The wine extract is meant to lift away dead skin cells, leaving your skin smooth and supple.
So, let me know what you think of sleeping masks and if you’d be keen to try any from the list, by sharing your thoughts in the comments below.
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