About a month ago, I mentioned on my blog that I had picked up a few products from a Korean skincare brand called Laneige. I finally feel that I've given the products a thorough enough trial to review them. This was my first experience with an Asian skincare brand, and my opinions are mixed. Laneige caters to a variety of skin types, but the products I chose are tailored to combination skin that becomes an unmanageable mixture of dry and oily in the wintertime.
Water Bank Essence: This product is meant to be used underneath your moisturizer to boost its effects and help your skin stay hydrated throughout the day. Water Bank Essence has prevented my skin from developing dry, flaky patches. I find it works especially well as a base for tinted moisturizer, which is often times not moisturizing enough on its own. For most of this month, I used it day and night, but now I use a serum at night and apply this only in the mornings. The product has a convenient pump dispenser, and a pump and a half covers my entire face, so the bottle will last me a long time. If you have oily skin and avoid heavy moisturizers, this might work for you; as its name and the swatch above suggest, it has a watery-gel consistency and sinks into your skin rapidly. It hasn't impressed me enough to stick with it forever, but it's good.
Power Essential Skin Refiner Light: This product is meant to rebalance sebum and combat oily skin while softening the skin and preparing it for moisturizer. It feels like an astringent toner, and unfortunately, I didn't find that this helped me. Although it contains some interesting ingredients such as blueberry extract, hydrogenated castor oil and willow bark extract, it also contains quite a bit of alcohol, something I try to avoid in skincare products. I didn't notice a change in my skin's clarity after using this product, and I've stopped using it in favor of something else. I'd skip this one.
Multiberry Yogurt Peeling Gel: This facial mask contains soothing yogurt, antioxidant extracts from various berries, and niacinamide, which promotes surface renewal of the skin and boosts the skin's natural production of collagen. I'm no expert on the chemical processes behind how these ingredients work in conjunction; all I can say is this product works. It has a thick and creamy consistency with tiny granules that polish the skin without being too abrasive. Once or twice a week after cleansing, I massage the product onto my face with my fingertips and leave it on for 5-10 minutes before rinsing it off. It leaves my skin feeling smoother and more radiant. Don't be afraid of the phrase "peeling gel"; it's not harsh at all. I highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a gentle way to exfoliate. Plus, it is the most delicious smelling mask I've ever tried (and it's pink)! Of the Laneige products I tried, this is my favorite.
Laneige is quite affordable for a high-end skincare brand; the products above range from $20-$30, and the quantities are generous. It can be difficult to find Laneige products if you're not in Korea. I found mine at a small Amore shop inside a local Korean market, but you can also find them online at Sasa.com.
I've incorporated Laneige into an updated skincare routine that has really been working for me. I might do a post about it, so please let me know if this interests you!