Among a lot of terms and concepts KBeauty makes popular, sleeping mask is definitely one of them. Now what exactly is a sleeping mask? I bet a lot of you are already familiar but here is a great explanation from Ipsy:
A sleeping mask works similarly to a normal face mask, except that you leave it on overnight (so you might also see them called “overnight masks”). Unlike the thick, creamy face masks you’re probably used to, most sleep masks are easily absorbed into your skin via a gel or lightweight cream formula.
Sleep masks are packed with active ingredients that can target specific skincare concerns like anti-aging, brightening, moisturizing, or fighting breakouts. Like normal face masks or sheet masks, these are potent formulas that should only be used when you feel like your skin could use a little something extra. Overusing sleep masks could result in irritation.
The prolonged wear time allows these masks to deeply penetrate your skin, but there’s also another reason sleep masks work so well at night. When we sleep, our bodies have a chance to reset and recover. It’s also when beauty products have the potential to be the most effective.
The most famous sleeping mask is absolutely no other than the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, no competition. It is in fact most people’s first sleeping mask, including me. Now it’s 2020 and more brands have come out with their own versions of sleeping masks, and recently, I tried the Dr Jart+ one.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Trehalose, Algae Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Xylitol, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Curcuma Longa (Tumeric) Root Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyacrylamide, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aminomethyl Propanol, Xylitylglucoside, Laureth-7, Anhydroxylitol, Saccharide Isomerate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Glutamic Acid, Glycoproteins, Ceramide NP, Threonine, Valine, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Metabisulfite, Alcohol, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol.
This is a sleeping mask that’s formulated to provide lasting hydration and protect skin barrier. The ingredients list is quite long, with twelve humectants (ingredients that helps your skin to cling onto water and hold onto it so that your skin feels nicely moisturized; source: www.incidecoder.com) which are butylene glycol, glycerin, trehalose, algae extract, xylitol, pentylene glycol, caprylyl glycol, sodium hyaluronate, xylitylglucoside, anhydroxylitol, saccharide isomerate, and glutamic acid. There are also a lot of emollients (ingredients that soften the skin) in it which are cyclopentasiloxane, cyclohexasiloxane, algae extract, aloe barbadensis flower extract, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, phenyl trimethicone, caprylyl glycol, c13-14 isoparaffin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, and hydrogenated lecithin. This sleeping mask also contains turmeric root extract which is a great brightening and soothing ingredient. This also contains alcohol but it is among the end of the list. There are also perfuming and silicone present if any of these is your concern.
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Just like Laneige’s, this sleeping mask comes in a gel consistency that is slightly viscous but what is interesting about it is that it spreads on the skin feeling lightweight, almost as if it melts into the skin.
It doesn’t really have a distinct smell but if I sniff closely I think that it smells almost like Laneige Water Sleeping Mask?
The finish is wonderful in the sense that it sinks into the skin completely without leaving any filmy residue even though it feels very emollient, unlike the Laneige one. I also noticed that this has a bit of a slip.
At first I don’t really expect much from this product as the ingredients list is too long to my liking but there is no denying that this really has me intrigued. However, as I cracked it open, I immediately fell in love for the first time because of the texture. It really feels like a water jet on my skin as it is super hydrating, so I think the name is fitting! There is like a surge of hydration upon applying and it feels lightweight. It also brings down the temperature of my skin especially on a hot evening, and for the most part, I love how it leaves no filmy or sticky residue. Again, I fell in love for the second time. This wonderful texture would appeal to oily and combination skin, I guess, as it feels comfortable and non-greasy.
I don’t only use this at night, I also use it on mid-days especially when I am too lazy to apply a longer skincare routine. This really saves time as it provides sufficient hydration and the moisture is quite long-lasting. I even apply my sunscreen after using this and it doesn’t pill or clog my pores. Oh boy, am I in love!
However, if you’re thinking of applying sunscreen subsequently to this, make sure you try it on a patch test area first okay? Because your skin might not tolerate this like mine does. Okay back to the topic, using this keeps my skin plump and supple but as for the moisturising effect, both Laneige’s and Dr Jart+’s are moisturising and last long but to compare, I think the Laneige one is more long-lasting, if you’re wondering.
If you struggle with a compromised skin barrier, this would be a great addition in the barrier repair squad because it has all the goodies that it takes to do the job. This would also make an SOS item if your skin is dehydrated and you need a quick pick-me-up.
My skin feels soft, healthy, hydrated, & soothed after using. Definitely no complain for me!
Rating:4.3/5 for me, a great great sleeping mask but not enough to be a Holy Grail to me.
Dr.Jart+ Dermask Water Jet Vital Hydra Sleeping Mask