Sleeping masks or sleeping packs would be something most of us are familiar with by now. It’s a popular skincare product in Asian, particularly Korean skincare ranges and can be found in all ranges, from the wallet-friendly budget priced ones to the higher end pricey ones. I find it interesting that few Western brands have hopped on this trend, because I think sleeping masks are the best thing ever!
The reason I often get lazy to use a mask (yes, I get lazy too!) is because I get lazy to clean my face twice (or 3 times) in one routine. Often, a hydrating or treatment mask comes in a cream form that you apply, leave on then rinse off before going on with the rest of your skincare routine. With a sleeping mask, you apply it, leave it on and go to sleep. HOW EASY IS THAT? Why aren’t more brands making sleeping masks? Who knows! But I’m glad the Koreans are.
And I’m especially glad to have picked this one up from department store (and slightly more luxurious) brand, Sulwhasoo. I remember a few readers telling me in the comments last year, just how lovely this mask is, and one day when I was passing by the counter, I decided to splurge. I can’t remember the price anymore. It’s been too long but it could be something close to RM200.
But man, do I love this! Previously I used to use the very popular Laneige Sleeping Pack, which is pretty good if you ask me, but this aging skin needs MORE! More attention! More treatment! More revitalizing goodness! And this Sulwhasoo Overnight Revitalizing Mask gives me all that 😀
Unlike other sleeping packs I’ve used, the Overnight Revitalizing Mask comes in a tube. The texture too is unlike most other similar products I’ve ever used.
It’s a cream. A fairly thickish cream that spreads very easily on the skin. I have read of people saying that this feels heavy or oily on their skin and if so, I’m going to venture a suggestion that it might be because they aren’t suited to this mask.
The Overnight Revitalizing Mask is meant to nourish, hydrate, treat and revitalize skin that is tired and dry or dehydrated. This then, isn’t just a hydration treatment and I might venture to say, isn’t meant for those who have combination-oily skin. But if you have drier, dehydrated or slightly more ‘mature’ (ahem!) skin, then I think you might enjoy using this as much as I do.
I don’t apply too much of the mask, because it’s quite pricey, and because I don’t think more is necessarily better sometimes. With a gel-based sleeping mask, I do find that I need more because it dries out quickly but with this cream based one, I just apply a thickish layer but not so much that I see a white layer on my skin. That’s too much.
I find that it absorbs into my skin quite easily, particularly when my skin is feeling tired or stressed, and does not feel sticky, goopy, heavy or uncomfortable. What I like even better is that it doesn’t leave a lot of residue on my skin, so I don’t mark my sheets or pillow case! When I was using other types of sleeping masks, that sometimes happens because I read in bed and it bothered me. With this one, it just feels like I applied a slightly thicker layer of moisturiser on my skin.
But what’s so nice about this mask then? Well, how about the way I wake up to calmed, supple, hydrated skin? I should be using this a little more often, but I particularly like using it when my skin is stressed. When I’ve had a late night, or if I’m feeling particularly stressed, or when I’d like to put a fresher face forward the next day, or just whenever I feel like the ol’ facial skin needs a bit of perking up, I use this mask and it always delivers. My skin looks better the next morning, my makeup goes on more easily and I use less foundation. Win, all around! 😀
I do have to mention the scent. Like most Sulwhasoo products I’ve tried, it has a herbal-ginseng scent that you will either love or hate. This one has a ginger-ginseng scent and I enjoy it. I find it calming. But then, I like Chinese/Asian herbs. If you aren’t familiar with scents like this then you may not enjoy it as much so do take note.
Otherwise, I have nothing but raves for this mask. I’ve actually had this for quite a while and it does last a fairly long time, if you don’t use it very often, or if you use it once a week. I use this after cleansing and after a spritz of rosewater. Apply this mask on, read a book and go to sleep. Sometimes, when I’m feeling a bit adventurous or I feel like my skin needs something more, I apply a thin layer of facial oil on my skin, work it in and then apply a layer of this mask. I think I’ve found my Holy Grail sleeping mask so no more gel masks for me! 😀
IN A NUTSHELL
The Sulwhasoo Overnight Revitalizing Mask is a cream based sleeping mask that you apply on your skin and then go to sleep. As the texture is a cream base, it can feel heavy if you apply too much or if you don’t have dry or dehydrated or mature skin, which I think suits this mask better. Apply a layer of product (it isn’t necessary to use too much) and go to sleep. My skin looks brighter, calmer, and more supple the next morning. I find it especially good when my skin or I am feeling stressed. There is a rather strong herbal-ginseng-ginger scent that may not appeal to everyone but I find it calming. Nothing bad to say about this mask. Definitely a repurchase for me!
PROS: Absorbs into skin without feeling heavy or oily or uncomfortable, Does not mark bed sheets or pillow cases, Leaves skin feeling supple, comfortable, brighter and more glowy the next morning, Tube packaging is hygienic and portable
CONS: Pricey, but otherwise none
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who has stressed or dry or dehydrated skin, Anyone who does not mind a herbal scented face mask
Here is the ingredient list and another glowing review which means I’m not alone in loving this excellent product, price not withstanding.
Ingredient List: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Squalane, DI-C12-13 Alkyl Malate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cyclohexasiloxane, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Seed Extract, Polygonatum Officinale Rhizome/Root Extract, Lilium Tigrinum Flower/Leaf/Steam Extract, Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Extract, Chrysanthemum Morifolium Flower Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Adenophora Stricta Root Extract, Angelica Tenuissima Root Extract, Honey, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Morus Alba Root Extract, Beta-Glucan, Sodium Hyaluronate, Trehalose, C14-22 Alcohols, Stearic Acid, Silica, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Isostearate, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Palmitic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG-100 Stearate, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Polyacrylate-13, Phytosteryl/Behenyl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, C12-16 Alcohols, Carbomer, Polyisobutene, Xanthan Gum, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dextrin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Polysorbate 20, Propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
Do you use sleeping masks regularly? Have you tried this one?
I have been using this one fairly regularly since I rediscovered it recently, so I try to use it once a week. Or sometimes, I cheat and tell myself that I need it (or I’m lazy to do my whole routine) and use it twice a week 😉
Sulwhasoo Overnight Revitalizing Mask Price: RM200+ | US$50/ 120ml Availability: Sulwhasoo counters at Parkson stores