Laneige Water Sleeping Mask Ex




Skin Concern:

Ageing, Dehydration, Drynes, Dullness, Sensitivity

Skin Type:

Combination, Dry, Normal, Oily, Sensitive

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The Laneige Water Sleeping Mask Ex is an upgrade to the original Laneige Water Sleeping Mask.

This babe is a hydrating overnight mask that combines unique water technologies and microbiome technologies to benefit the skin. This product is certainly a step up from the earlier mask and one that delivers on more than just moisture.

You’ll soon wake up to brighter, smoother and plumper-looking skin.

Why Laneige Water Sleeping Mask Ex?

The Laneige Water Sleeping Mask Ex has a better lineup of ingredients and has more skin-health benefits than its predecessor. We found the last version of the product rather meh and it was a pass from us. But the Ex version is something else.

This mask is brightening, hydrating, soothing and strengthening.

It includes a patented complex of prebiotics and postbiotics derived from green tea. These strengthen the skin barrier, brighten the skin and impart more radiance.

This version also contains Squalane, extracted from sugar cane, to deeply moisturise the skin.

The Laneige Water Sleeping Mask is rich in minerals and antioxidants.

We like that the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask Ex doesn’t have the heavy, cloying scent of the original. It has a light floral scent that dissipates. But if you don’t like scents or can’t deal with them, you can opt for the Laneige Cica Sleeping Mask.

We were rather non-committal about the original version of the water sleeping mask, which had stood unchanged since 2002. It was time for an upgrade and we think Laneige has nailed it with this one.

Key ingredients

Laneige leads in water technologies that help moisture enter the skin and hold it there.

The brand has a number of skin technology patents, including one using hydro-ionised mineral water.

There are lots of hydrating and other skin-enhancing ingredients in the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask.

Glycerin is a lovely moisturising ingredient that draws water into the outer layers of the skin and holds it there. This gentle ingredient makes the skin feel soft and supple.

Trehalose is a moisturising and protecting ingredient that prevents dehydration in the skin. This is a plant sugar that, like Glycerin, has water-binding properties.

Squalane is an oil that’s very similar to the skin’s own sebum. It prevents water loss in the skin. This ingredient is skin compatible as it’s similar to Squalene, which is naturally present in the skin.  The skin is able to recognise and put it to good use to moisturise the skin and protect against the oxidisation of lipids in the skin. Peroxidation can prematurely age skin and damage the pore lining, playing a role in acne. Squalane is lightweight and non-greasy.

Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate is a post-biotic ingredient that has a soothing and calming effect on the skin and it may even promote collagen production. Along with prebiotics and postbiotics, it can strengthen the skin’s microbiome, the bacterial flora on the skin.

Inulin is a prebiotic that helps balance the skin’s microbiome and keep it healthy. A balanced microbiome decreases skin sensitivity and reactions. The microbiome is part of the skin’s defences and a breakdown can lead to skin conditions.

Tranexamic Acid is a synthetic Amino Acid that comes from Lysine. It is particularly effective in reducing the look of skin discolourations and improving uneven tone. It may also reduce skin redness. Tranexamic Acid disrupts two pathways in the skin that lead to the formation of dark spots and splotches.

Beta-Glucan is a soothing ingredient that boosts the skin’s barrier, enhances repair, reduces irritation and redness, and improves hydration. Like Hyaluronic Acid, it attracts water to the top layers of the skin, helping to plump out the look of fine lines and wrinkles. More recently, it has been discovered that Beta-Glucan doesn’t just sit on the surface of the skin – it can pass between cells. This may account for its anti-ageing benefits.

This mask has the texture of a cream gel rather than a balm. It’s intended to be applied after a moisturiser to lock in hydration and other benefits.

Apply it at night after you’ve completed the rest of your skin care routine. And don’t skip your moisturiser or night cream. Use it 2-3 nights a week, or more if you can’t resist.

As only a small amount is needed, the generous 70ml jar should give lots of applications.


  • Skin will feel hydrated and soothed.
  • Skin will appear plump and nourished.
  • Skin will feel smooth and soft.
  • Skin microbiome will be strengthened.
  • Skin will be more resilient.
  • Skin will be able to better hold moisture.
  • Complexion will appear brighter.

Best for

Suits all skin types.

Laneige has made changes to the scent of this mask. It’s lighter and less lingering than the original.

If you prefer something fragrance free, we recommend the Laneige Cica Sleeping Mask.

Perfect pairs

To maximise skin hydration, we recommend applying this mask after the Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream. These two are a love match and work beautifully together when layered.  Treat your skin to the benefits of these two water bank products for younger looking skin. And don’t forget to apply your Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask as well.

Good to know

This product is vegan friendly as it uses no animal derivatives.

Laneige doesn’t test on animals, however the brand states that  “exceptions apply where it’s required by governments”.

Brand ethos

Laneige is a global brand that comes under the umbrella of global cosmetics house Amorepacific.

Laneige’s core focus is on hydration, believing that hydrated skin is the foundation of happy and luminous skin.

Laneige was the first Amorepacfic brand to gain mass popularity around the world.

The Laneige Water Sleeping Mask Ex boosts sustainability credentials. It is the first Korean beauty product to get ecological certification by Carbon Trust for the reduction of water consumption throughout the product lifecycle.

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask Ex Review

Simply nothing hydrates my skin like this overnight mask. It’s like giving your face a cool glass of water. My skin just drinks this in. It’s life changing after even the first use.


How to use

Apply the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask Ex as the last step in your skin care routine.

Use your moisturiser as usual and allow it to absorb before applying the mask.

Leaving the mask on overnight creates a veil on your skin so that you can wake up to plumper and more glowing looking skin.

Apply 2-3 times a week for the best results.

Only a small amount is needed, however you can apply a little extra when your skin is feeling extra dry.


Active ingredients

Glycerin, Trehalose, Squalane, Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate, Inulin, Tranexamic Acid, Beta-Glucan and Vitamin E.


Water / Aqua / Eau, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Trehalose, Methyl Trimethicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Squalane, Phenyl Trimethicone, PCA Dimethicone, Caprylyl Methicone, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate, Carbomer, Propanediol, Tromethamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Caprylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Raffinose, Stearyl Behenate, Malachite Extract, Fragrance / Parfum, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Tranexamic Acid, Tryptophan, Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide Mea, Beta-Glucan, Limonene, Acorus Gramineus Extract, Linalool, Tocopherol.


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