I didn’t expect to find another sleeping pack to rival my love for the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, and so soon after at that, but I think I’ve found it in this Innisfree Green Tea Sleeping Pack!
The description on the packaging:
Enriched with squeezed green tea from the pure Jeju island to deliver abundant moisture and nourishment deep into your skin.
Jeju is a volcanic island in South Korea – known for its abundant plant life, natural unpolluted environment and its cleanliness. Innisfree are an eco-friendly brand that focus on natural ingredients sourced from Jeju such as their organic, fresh green tea which is used in this product (and the rest of their green tea skincare line).
This sleeping pack utilises the Dual Moisture-Rising Technology TM derived from organic green tea and green tea seed oil.
Green tea extracted from fresh green tea leaves is rich in amino acids and minerals that help keep the skin moisturised. The seed oil preserves moisture under the skin for an extended period to prevent dry skin.
This product is also unique from other sleeping packs in that it contains little white capsules suspended in the cream itself and dissolve as you apply. These are nutrition capsules filled with natural ingredients that provide green tea antioxidants to your skin and help brighten your skin tone.
Green tea extract – accounts for 73.3% of the sleeping pack. Nourishes and moisturises the skin and has antioxidant benefits.
Niacinamide – aka Vitamin B3. I always love seeing this ingredient in skincare products as it’s well known for improving skin tone, texture and elasticity. If you have dull, uneven skin, look out for this.
Other notable ingredients: orchid extract (anti-aging), tangerine peel extract and grapefruit extract (brightening), green tea leaf extract (nourishing, antioxidant).
This comes in a box made from recycled paper and a plastic jar printed in soy ink. This is standard for all Innisfree skincare products as they commit to their green philosophy of preserving and protecting nature. Not only is soy ink cheaper, its renewable, biodegradable and easier to remove when recycling packaging.
This is identical in colour and shape to the Innisfree green tea balancing cream, except the jar is bigger.
You might wonder if it’s really necessary in your evening routine because yes it is basically like a moisturiser. However, sleeping packs are designed to provide more intense and deeper hydration to the skin during the night than a regular cream. I personally find them more potent, nourishing and effective in restoring my skin back to its normal condition.
During the night, your skin is able to rest and absorb more of the nutrients you provide it, yet its also the time when it can lose the most moisture if you neglect it. With this green tea sleeping pack, I find it super effective at retaining moisture in my skin until morning.
This has a cream consistency but it isn’t too heavy. I find it quite lightweight for a cream and definitely leaning more towards a gel texture than a thick cream when you smooth it out. I have normal to oily skin and this absorbs very quickly and leaves a soft, plump moist layer over my skin.
I usually apply this before bed after I’ve finished applying the rest of my skincare. Sometimes it takes the place of my normal night cream, and sometimes I double up over it with this if my skin is feeling more dry. If I apply over night cream I usually have to wait 5 minutes or so to give time for the previous cream to absorb.
When applying to your face I find you have to massage this into your skin thoroughly for it to fully absorb and so the capsules are all broken down. It doesn’t require a lot of force to do this; as you massage gently the white capsules melt easily and dissolve onto your skin. If you don’t massage it in properly, the sleeping pack will likely just sit atop the skin.
The scent is similar to the rest of the green tea line and I love it. Its fresh and mild and not too overpowering or artificial. I do find the scent is not as strong as the green tea seed cream and it quickly fades once you’ve applied to your face.
Once I’ve applied I can go straight to bed and it doesn’t leave a sticky tacky feeling. The results in the morning are fantastic! I used this for a week straight and mid week I woke up and found I had the clearest, freshest looking skin! It was actually amazing how calm and refreshed my face looked. Usually I have a lot of redness in my cheeks but this really helped reduce it. My skin also felt soo soft, smooth, supple and bouncy. It really does help your skin retain moisture for long periods of time.
I do find however, that the effects are better with continued regular use. When I only apply 1 or 2x a week, it keeps my skin hydrated during the night and really soft the next morning, but I didn’t see much visible results in my complexion.
I think this is really suitable for any skin types. I think it would provide enough moisture for dry skin types if they doubled up with a moisturiser and also great for oily skin types because it doesn’t clog up the pores, make you break out or feel heavy. Usually if I overdo my moisturiser, my forehead will break out in tiny little bumps, but I don’t get that at all with this. At the very most, it makes my nose slightly slippery in the morning but I can live with that if the effects are this great.
Innisfree Green Tea Sleeping Pack VS Laneige Water Sleeping Mask:
So how do these stack up against each other? The Laneige is definitely more suitable for very oily skin types because it is a lighter gel texture, very refreshing and absorbs slightly quicker than the Innisfree. It would be great for the summertime, while the Innisfree is ideal for winter. I also find the Laneige works well on top of most creams and will still absorb decently while Innisfree can be too much on top of creams that are more occlusive and oily. However, with the green tea sleeping pack I find it makes my skin feel and look slightly better with prolonged use because it is more moisturising, so really firms and plumps the skin up. That’s not to say Laneige doesn’t also do great things for my skin because it is my holy grail product afterall, but this Innisfree sleeping pack is a really nice, and most importantly, cheaper alternative that gives you much of the same benefits. I couldn’t pick between them and I’m glad I don’t have to. I’ll continue to enjoy using both. 🙂