Everyone’s Obsessed with Laneige’s Sleeping Mask But It's This Version I’m In Love With

You know those cult products you hear so much about? Usually, they live up to the hype, right? For me, though, it wasn't a cult product. It was a cult product's sister. Laneige's Water Sleeping Mask is arguably one of its most beloved products (next to the iconic lip mask, of course), and while I, like everyone else, love it, it's the Laneige Cica Sleeping Mask that has really stolen my heart (and the cash from my wallet).

As its name entails, the Cica Sleeping Mask is formulated with redness and sensitive-skin soothing ingredient cica or Centella Asiatic, an ingredient that has been used for centuries in traditional medicinal practices of several cultures. Also known as gotu kola and tiger grass in Chinese medical practices and Indian pennywort or mandukparni in Ayurvedic traditions, the ingredient has been used in a multitude of cultures because of its healing and anti-inflammatory properties. While the plant is most often known for its Asian roots and found in the wetlands of the continent, it can also be found in parts of Africa, South America, and the southern United States.

This anti-inflammatory ingredient has now made its way into everything from creams to serums to cleansers. But Laneige's sleeping mask focuses on one particular aspect of the ingredient, madecassoside, one of the most active compounds within cica. Madecassoside has been proven to help reduce inflammation, soothe irritation, and improve hydration levels.

Given what you know about its star ingredient, you probably won't be shocked to learn that the Cica Sleeping Mask is geared specifically toward dry skin, which is, well me. While I can get oily in my T-zone, my skin is parched. We're talking about crocodile levels of flaky patches, and alongside my dryness, I've also got quite a bit of redness. If I'm being honest, that's just a nice way of saying that my entire face is the same shade as a Bloody Mary but not nearly as fun as one. But when I use this product, that changes.

Unlike the Water Sleeping Mask which has a jelly-like texture, the Cica Sleeping Mask features a gel-cream consistency that feels more moisturizing when applied, and even with my skin being somewhat prone to sensitivity, it's never irritating. Personally, I apply the mask after my moisturizer (which is how the brand recommends), but if you don't have extremely dry skin, it could also work on its own. Once applied, it soaks into the skin quickly and doesn't leave behind any sort of sticky residue that's going to seep into your pillow while you sleep. It truly feels like a moisturizer. In the morning, after I was my face as I usually would, and there's a marked difference in the level of redness, as well as a clear difference in my dry patches. The best part? I did next to no work to get that to happen. Isn't that what we all want? No work, all reward?

The brand recommends using the mask once or twice a week, but I've used it up to four times during a particularly bad skin week and never experienced any sort of irritation. Each time, the results are always stellar.

For those who are already fans of  Water Sleeping Mask but want something that's just a bit more hydrating that also kicks redness in the tail, I swear by Laneige's Cica Sleeping Mask.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Sephora

Laneige Cica Sleeping Mask

Laneige’s Cica Sleeping Mask is my holy grail overnight face mask. While the brand’s famous Water Sleeping Mask is great, the cica-based version provides more hydration for my dry skin and helps combat my redness. Every time I use this product, I wake up with more even, hydrated skin.