Overnight face repair in fun packaging.
It took me a while to become a fan of sleeping masks. The idea of leaving a face pack on overnight for hours on end did not appeal to me at first. I thought they would break me out - I have the kind of skin that breaks out on contact with air. It was my Mum, a sleeping mask addict, who told me that sleeping masks were like intensive moisturisers or skin repairing creams that you leave to sink in for a few hours. None of them is mattifying or anti-acne; the onus is on moisturising, which is what my flaky skin needs right now, thanks to dry weather and heavy anti-acne treatment. Plus, I liked the idea of not rinsing off the "goodness".
The Lassie'el (from Scot nickname for girl and Syrian father of gods - El) Night Miracle Sleeping Packs come in four variations: Mango (soothing), Egg (moisturising), Avocado (lifting) and Pearl (brightening). I've been using the egg and mango packs weekly for a month now; the brightening pack and the lifting pack are not my cup of tea.
Check out my review of the Lassie'el Night Miracle Mango, Egg, Pearl and Avocado Sleeping Packs.
Lassie'el is a Korean brand; they do have the most innovative skincare. These come in really fun packaging, with each pack shaped just like the prime ingredient. The pearl pack is shaped like an oyster! The packaging is intended to keep the product fresh and to prevent the extract from dissolving into the gel base and losing its potency.
There is a little spatula within the pack. Each capsule contains two blister-sides, with each blister containing enough product for two uses, so you get four uses out of each capsule. These come in boxes of four - see below.
Formula-wise, all the packs are paraben- and phenoxyethanol-free. There is no unpleasant smell. Each pack contains concentrated extract of the prime ingredient in a hydrating gel base; the Mango pack contains mango cream extract, the Egg pack contains yolks and white extract; the Pearl pack contains pearl extract while the Avocado pack contains avocado extract. The gel base is lightweight but not runny.
What you do with each of these is, mix the concentrate in the middle with the gel base until they are nicely blended and you cannot tell apart the base from the extract. Apply a thin layer to your cleansed face and neck, pat the product in with your palms and crash. It takes about 20 minutes for the mask to be fully absorbed. Do not rinse off; the pack will not leave any trace on the pillows.
By morning, my face is super-soft, well-hydrated and flake-free. I have been using these once a week and will definitely be repurchasing. It is so difficult to find face products that do not break me out, so when I find non-comedogenic products, I will definitely stick to them.
I cannot speak for the lifting and brightening results, but the egg and mango packs have been very hydrating and soothing. I can avoid face serum and moisturiser for 36-48 hours after I use one of these packs and they have been brilliant during these dry months, when my face has had more flakes than the entire cereal section in the supermarket.
VerdictUnlike rinse-off face masks, sleeping packs will not dry on your face and there is no residue to clean off. My face has been under stress from the dry weather as well as anti-acne treatment lately and has been flaky and irritated; using these sleeping packs has calmed down my face and my skin no longer looks leathery and weather-beaten. I'm a convert to the advantages of sleeping packs, especially when there is a dry phase.
To buy, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Each set costs $3.50. These are hard to get hold of, but worth it, and the company will look at queries and give you a reasonable postage-and-tax quote, depending on where you live. Check out their range here.