REVIEW: Laneige Cica Sleeping Mask

Just like the Laneige Cream Skin Refiner, Youtube influence was strong and I also picked up the Laneige Cica Sleeping Mask! I purchased this around the time the Klairs Vitamin E Mask started becoming too irritating to use, so I was hoping Laneige’s new sleeping Mask would be a good alternative for soothing and keeping in moisture.


CLAIMS

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Cica Sleeping Mask with new and powerful ‘Forest Yeast’ helps to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier for the sensitive and dry skin to make it appear healthy.

Price: $45 CAD
Amount: 60ml/2oz

  • Hypoallergenic
  • For all skin types
  • Helps to tackle redness and dryness
  • Mask
  • Free of parabens, phthalates, and mineral oil
  • Contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances
  • Vegan
  • Fermented Forest Yeast Extract: Provides more skin strengthening benefits than traditional Cica products with madecassosides.

INGREDIENTS

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Water / Aqua / Eau, Propanediol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Squalane, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Glycerin, Panthenol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Caprylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium Edta, Asiaticoside, Madecassic Acid, Sorbitan Isostearate, Asiatic Acid, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Aureobasidium Pullulans Ferment, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Tocopherol.

From my -skinthusiast- perspective…

Love that the first ingredients include Squalane, Glycerin, and Shea Butter. The mask is a nice, medium-weight (if that makes sense) cream that would be enjoyed by all skin types depending on much you apply. Typically a moisturizer that is Shea Butter-based is not enough for my normal to dry skin type, so I imagine myself using a more generous amount.

Panthenol, Centella Asiatica constituents Asiaticoside, Madecassic Acid, Asiatic Acid can be found for some soothing and wound-healing benefits. Tea Tree Oil (I’m assuming Essential Oil) in small, diluted doses is also beneficial for its soothing properties, and helps reduce inflammation with active acne lesions.

As for the star ingredient Aureobasidium Pullulans Ferment/”Forest Yeast” – I can’t really find much about what it does for skincare, but in terms of food it has film-forming properties, it’s used to create a gelatin-like coating for capsules and tablets, and is edible. According to WHO, Japan has been using it as a food ingredient and additive since 1976. Based on this, my guess is that it may also form a film on the skin, hence Laneige’s claim that it helps strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier. Their other claim that it “provides more skin strengthening benefits than traditional Cica products with madecassosides” may be hard to determine from personal experience if the product also contains Centella Asiatica constituents. Either way, soothing, barrier strengthening action are always welcomed!

INCIDecoder breakdown
ScienceDirect on Aureobasidium Pullulans


EXPERIENCE

USAGE: Alternate every other night as last step with or without my moisturizer.

TEXTURE: Like a thick night cream.

APPLICATION: Without moisturizer – scoop out a nickel-size amount, when applying it looks like there’s a cast forming on your skin. With moisturizer, I applied a thin layer.

SCENT: Herbal.

FINISH: On it’s own with a considerable amount there initially is a casty look. Skin feels moisturized.

SHORT-TERM RESULTS: Without moisturizer – skin is slightly moisturized. With moisturizer – skin feels very comfortable in the dry winter weather.

LONG-TERM RESULTS: The more I used this on its own, the more it stung my face and felt like it wasn’t doing enough to moisturize my skin. I switched to using it after my moisturizer more and I never had an irritating experience after, I also woke up in the morning with very moisturized skin.


FINAL THOUGHTS

The Laneige Cica Sleeping Mask is okay. It didn’t really work for me as a stand-alone since it irritated my skin. It wasn’t until I applied after a layer of moisturizer that I actually noticed its benefits. I’ll call myself out and say I am probably supposed to use sleeping masks like this lol. Reflecting on the INCI list, I wonder if my skin has become that sensitive to Essential Oils and it was really Tea Tree EO that was causing irritation when I applied it sans moisturizer :\ I’m just over halfway through the product, so I will finish it but won’t be repurchasing since I have the Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask to finish up as well. Overall I found it performed pretty well as a barrier mask since I would wake up with very comfortable, moisturized skin ever morning I used it (over moisturizer, that is). If you’re not a fan of the traditional petrolatum as an occlusive because of the greasiness, you may like the Laneige Cica Sleeping Mask instead.

WHERE TO BUY:
Sephora
YesStyle

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I hope you found this review helpful and informative!

xo, M

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