DECEMBER 20 EDITOR'S PICK    SKIN CARE   

Editor’s Pick 2 for December: Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX

Night time is our body's magic time. It is time when renewal happens. Cells regenerate while we sleep, heal from their daily wear and tear, as we wake up a new person, all refreshed and new the following day! I love sleeping at night - my body and soul rests, and I wake up in the morning all ready to face the world!

If the skin care I rigorously follow during the day involves cleansing and protection, night time skin care is all about skin-spoiling! I'm all for anti-aging and intense hydration at night, as I don't mind applying products that are a little more rich than my usual very light day moisturizers (as sleeping with AC dries out the skin for sure). It is also at night time that it is said that skincare is better absorbed on the skin. My ideal night time skincare is something that would make my skin feel supple, really soft, and forever young! Well, we can certainly try, right? *wink*

Meet my new friend, Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX.

Korean products are all the rage right now. Ask me why? I think it has got to be because of Korenovelas and Korean movies. Korean celebrities just have this ethereally flawless, almost angelic-like plump skin, that it's not fair. Isn't it? We can aspire, and aim for those skin, and Korean skincare promises just that!

Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX is your sleep ally, promises to give you your skin's "water supply" while you sleep, as well as give your skin the necessary hydration, and strengthening the skin barrier. It is also packed with antioxidants to repair damage from the skin's everyday exposure to the environment and sun. Aside from all that revitalizing effect, well, it also has Sleepscent™ that as your skin is quenched and hydrated, your senses also get to relax with the product's scent. Perfect for night owls like me!

So when I see Song Hye Kyo endorse the Korean brand, Laneige, and more, see this video of her having such plump skin because of Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX... Oh boy, please get me some of those!

The product, as I open the pot, is in this light gel form. As I apply it on my skin, the product is absorbed almost instantly. It was that easy to apply. That one moment, my skin was moist with light gel, and the next thing I know, I feel my skin matte, but not tight. My skin feels cool and soft. Hydrated, is what I call it. I take a leap of faith, and fall asleep with it.

As I dreamt of unicorns, endless valleys and beautiful lakes, and later progressing to a hyper shopping spree of beautiful bodycon dresses and jewel-encrusted shoes, it would have to end somehow, and waking up in beautiful sunshine to face another day is quite nice, don't you think?

Oh, I almost forgot, my skin. I run to the mirror, check on my skin, like I always do. What I saw in front of the mirror was quite nice - my skin was plumper than usual, looking softer, less harassed. Softer, plumper skin makes me look younger. Good stuff, given the effect! And so, I continued on using it for the rest of my night rituals!

After some time of using the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX, I have came to the following conclusions :

* This is great for ALL skin types. Looking at it being in gel form, we might think that this is only great for oily skin as dry-skinned gals would find this lacking in moisture. I think that this is great even for dry skin because the absorbency rate is quite high, and really hydrates the skin. * For oily skinned people who are wary of the creaminess of night creams, this product is for you. No greasiness, or oily feel with this. * No breakouts, or cystic acne that developed from this. In my book, it's gentle enough!

For long term effects that include brightening, I believe that aside from using this, we must exfoliate twice a week to prevent dead skin cells to cause or skin tone to dull up. I can't quite say if it effectively brightened my skin permanently, but just waking up everyday to dewy and a more fresh-looking skin just makes me reach for this every single day!

So Korean skin, can we aim for that? We certainly can! :)   Directions on how to use (taken from www.laneige.com):

1. In the evening, follow the face relaxing massage after applying skin refiener and emulsion after face wash. 2. After taking appropriate amount (2.5 cm in diameter recommended), mark on nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin areas, and feel the scent for about 3 seconds. * Relax your body and mind through the Sleepscent™. 3. Gently spread over the face from inner part to outer part along the skin texture. 4. Go to sleep after absorption without rinsing off. (Wash face in the next morning)

* Use once or twice a week. * Apply more than recommended amount when your skin is particularly dry. * Open the cap and breathe in the scent of Water Sleeping Pack_EX about 5 seconds before use when you feel a heavy stress. * Apply to neck area for neck care.


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