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

REVIEW: Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Masks

Glow Recipe is another online K-Beauty retailer, but they curate more indie brands that are not as known or easily accessible to those of us in the Western World! Think Make P:rem, Blithe, Huxley, Whamisa… Working in the Korean and American beauty market for so long, and having their own business, the founders Sarah and Christine curated their own line, Glow Recipe!

I first purchased the original Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser and Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask, and eventually wanted to try their Jelly Sheet Mask! Since the Cleanser has been reformulated, I won’t be reviewing it * missed my chance *. If you would like to see a review on it despite it being the older formula, let me know in the comments! We’ll be focusing on the 2 Watermelon Masks I purchased from their line:
Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
Watermelon Glow Jelly Sheet Mask

Why watermelon? I actually find it a very cute and sentimental reason. In the summertime during their childhood, their grandmothers would rub the rhine and flesh of fresh watermelon on their backs to soothe irritated, inflamed skin.  My grandmother never did anything like that, but she’d always prepare a copious amount of snacks for me and my cousins!

Quick Facts:
– Cruelty Free
– Formulated without synthetic dyes and mineral oils
– Good for all skin types
– Made in Korea


Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

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Price: $59 CAD, Mini $29 CAD
Amount: 2.7oz/80ml, Mini 1oz/30ml

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Description: “The Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask is a luxuriously bouncy, breathable sleeping mask that smoothes and perfects skin, overnight. This pillow-proof formula acts as a radiance-boosting hybrid hydrator, formulated with soothing, amino-acid rich Watermelon Extract, hydrating Hyaluronic Acid, and pore refining AHAs that work while you sleep to gently exfoliate and clarify.” – Glow Recipe Website

Key Ingredients: Watermelon, Hyaluronic Acid, AHA

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Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Caulerpa Lentillifera (Seaweed) Extract, Simethicone, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit, Silica, Propanediol, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract , Paeonia Suffruticosa (Peony) Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Brassica Oleracea Capitata (Cabbage) Leaf Extract, Ipomoea Batatas (Sweet Potato) Root Extract, Betaine, Beta Glucan, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, Alcohol, Fragrance

Usage: Bath time, 1-2 times every 2 weeks.

Texture: Slimey. You have to mix before applying because there is separation.

Fragrance: Artificial watermelon, like a candy or a popsicle.

Application: I use the spoon to apply dollops on my forehead, cheeks and neck. I had to be fast, the texture is slimey and slippy!

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Face with Sleeping Mask

Instant Results: Skin felt soft and smooth.

Long-Term Results: Don’t use it enough to know. I rely on higher strength chemical exfoliators for this purpose.

Where to purchase:
Sephora
Glow Recipe


Watermelon Glow Jelly Sheet Mask

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Price: $11 CAD
Amount: 1.17oz/33g

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Description: “This one-of-a-kind sheet mask gets its jelly texture from a blend of watermelon extract and natto gum. That’s right, it’s a sheet mask made out of watermelons that gives you all the benefits of the amino-acid rich fruit directly into the skin. The watermelon base gives the jelly a naturally translucent pink hue that’s almost invisible on the skin, meaning you can mask anywhere, anytime without anyone knowing what you’re up to. It’ll be our little secret.” – Glow Recipe Website

Key Ingredients: Watermelon, Hyaluronic Acid, Centella Asiatica

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Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit, Soy Amino Acids, Fructooligosaccharides, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Hyaluronic Acid, Natto Gum, Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob) Gum, Glycerin, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Xanthan Gum, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa (Peony) Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Beta-Glucan, (-)-Alpha-Bisabolol, Brassica Oleracea Capitata (Cabbage) Leaf Extract, Ipomoea Batatas (Sweet Potato) Root Extract, Fragrance.

USAGE: 10 minute one night stand.

Texture: Thin, jelly gel mask.

Fragrance: Artificial watermelon, like a candy or a popsicle.

Application: 2 pieces, apply top and bottom.

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Face with Jelly Mask

Instant-Results: Somehwat hydrating.

Where to purchase:
Sephora
Glow Recipe


Final Thoughts

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PROS:
One of the few Korean-inspired products with a decent-sized ingredient list. When Korean brands use plant extracts, the list is so insanely long and features a lot of exotic ingredients that I don’t even bother to check all of them. Glow Recipe’s list is actually readable.
Key ingredients are actually near the top of the list. Too many times I have seen Niacinamide, collagen, HA, and all the good stuff at the bottom of a 50+ long ingredient list. I never thought it would do anything significant for my skin. Watermelon is noticeably high on the GR INCI lists.
Texture – the Sleeping Mask has an interesting and fun texture, which adds to my enjoyment using the product.

CONS:
– Price – $59 For a sleeping mask that dries way too quickly for my skin, PLUS I have to use extra layers to feel a decent amount of hydration… Not worth it.
– Artificial fragrance – I don’t mind fragrance if it is somewhat natural smelling. The watermelon definitely smells like fake candy. It’s not overwhelming, but it takes away from a more enjoyable experience with the mask.
– This isn’t an attack solely on the Watermelon Glow Jelly Mask, but after trying multiple gel masks this one just continues to prove to me that gel masks are MEH. Not worth $11 When a $2 cotton-sheet has shown to be just as efficacious, if not more.
Jelly Mask in general is flimsy and I managed to puncture it a few times when trying to get it to adhere to my face.

IN-BETWEEN FEELS:
More suited for oily skin. I wouldn’t say these products can be for all skin types, I don’t feel like my skin is nourished enough, even when I applied extra layers. Having said that, they still somewhat performed, and someone with an oilier skin type may see better results.
Mild enough for sensitive skin or for those who have never used chemical exfoliants. I’m used to stronger chemical exfoliants, but I did notice my skin would look fairly smoother with the mask. I just feel like I have tried better, but for someone starting out, you may want to look into the Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask.

I appreciate Glow Recipe, admire the founders, and generally like the products. I’m sort of interested in trying the Avocado Mask, but I don’t really have an urge to try anything further from the brand. Have you tried the Avocado Mask? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, M