LANEIGE Skincare - Drench Your Skin in Moisture This Winter

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Time spent outside in below freezing temps had left my skin rough, parched and lackluster. My dewy, glowy complexion had apparently dissolved along with the sun's warm rays.

For the first time in what seemed like forever, I felt like I needed much more makeup to look my best. As I try to use as little cosmetics as possible, this was not going to work.

It was time for a serious infusion of hydration and vitality. Time to get back to healthy, vibrant skin.

Time for the power of LANEIGE.

This intelligent skincare packed with nutrients was founded by Amore Pacific in South Korea back in 1994, with the first international stores opening in 2002. Recently launched in North America (and in Canada just in the last year), the collection is formulated without parabens and phthalates, and is not tested on animals.

What makes this alluring regimen stand out is actually water. It may have taken studying over 100 different types of water around the world and 20 years of research but their scientifically-engineered, skin-perfecting mineral water has been "clinically proven to hydrate, protect and revitalize individual skin types." This technology works to brighten and smooth skin, and fade dark spots, while products cool and hydrate upon application.

So you get round-the-clock hydration and protection from rich ingredients including bio-peptides, ceramide, trace mineral maganese, magnesium, zinc, that penetrates deep within the skin and restores your skin's moisture. This is important year round of course, but during this bitter cold winter, it becomes not just essential, but a complete skin saviour.

Here's a closer look at a few products from their stellar lineup:

It might sound like something you'd grab for breakfast on the go, but this soothing skin scrubber is the best way to start your day.

While it does indeed exfoliate, MYPG is perhaps the gentlest sloughing off I've ever experienced. It's more of a soft polish and massage that also happens to exfoliate. The reason for the mildness? Instead of harsh ingredients, natural konjac beads and chestnut extract leave your skin looking and feeling smooth. You won't feel a thing.

What you will notice is the soft strawberry yogurt scent, which also isn't such a bad way to greet the day - just don't eat it! This special fermented yogurt called Sogurty soothes the skin and boosts natural collagen production. There's also Multiberry Complex - made of strawberry, blueberry, cranberry, wolfberry, and raspberry extracts - that nourishes with antioxidants. You'll also find more goodness in ingredients such as coffee seed extract and in kaolin, a soft clay.

Just apply on damp skin and in just mere seconds, your skin will be completely renewed. And smelling simply delicious!

- Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask

Another scrumptious face treatment you must try is this soft pink cream face mask that delivers fabulous results in just a few minutes. It immediately feeds your skin while also working to plump it up. 

There's that Sogurty and Multiberry Complex that you now know and love from the Peeling Gel. But this time around, the mask gets additional heavy lifters by way of: NAG (N-acetyl-D-Glucosamine) and niacinamide (vitamin B3) that work to remove dead surface skin, alongside shea and cocoa seed butters, and meadowfoam seed oil.

No need to head out to the spa - seriously, this'll do the trick. Just apply and let set for 5-10 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

After doing these two quick treatments above, I felt like my face was back to its natural glowing self. No having to wait two weeks, apply serums first, etc.

Easy peasy. Just how I like it.

- LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask

There are a lot of masks out there, so if you're wondering if this one is worth it, just consider this - this global award-winner is sold every 12 seconds worldwide.

You'll add yourself to the list once you feel the cool aqua gel hit your cheeks, forehead, nose and chin, and take in the gorgeous scent.

Just apply it before bed and you'll wake up to smoother, softer, more radiant, rejuvenated skin. Powerful ingredients including evening primrose and hunza apricot extracts detox your skin, while Moisture Wrap technology infuses your skin with hydration, replenishing your skin overnight.

But that's not enough the best part. Their brilliant Sleepscent was formulated to relax you and encourage deep sleep.

Wait, what?

This dreamy, clean, floral scent that I can't get enough of helps you get a good night sleep while all the other ingredients work to give your stunning skin the following morning (I swear you'll gasp when you look in the mirror as I do each and every time)?

It truly is all that.

- Water Bank Soothing Gel Mask

If you want a little respite from the roller coaster we call life, this mask does the trick.

First of all, it works with whatever ails you - are you battling dry skin or are you on the oily side? Straddling both? Even if you have normal or sensitive dermis, this will take care of you.

Ooh, the calming green tea and chamomile scent is almost as relaxing as a massage. Ahhh.

The thin, clear hydrogel sheet mask comes drenched in rich ingredients, set between two cutout pages. You simply peel off the paper and place it over your face. The eye and mouth holes are nice and big so hey'll no doubt be suitable for various proportions and face angles, but not so gaping  as to leave sections untreated.

The mask also adheres easily so you can move around a bit if you want to. This mask asks for a longer time than most - 30 minutes, as opposed to the usual 5, 10 or 15, but trust me, it's worth it - so you want to know that it's going to stay put.

Hydro ionized mineral water cools cools upon impact which is nice, though in the middle of a winter freeze, I was worried it would make me feel cold. It did not. In fact, between the scent and the cooling, hydrating sensation, I felt completely relaxed - a state I was nowhere near a few minutes earlier. And in fact, the sheet mask is so thin, I didn't even feel it after the first few minutes. I just felt soothed and drenched in moisture. Like at the spa, but in the comfort of home. Even better.

I felt so de-stressed in fact that I forgot about checking out the results for a few hours. Then I looked in the mirror.

All dryness, unevenness and dullness had completely vanished and even with the lights out, I could still see my skin simply glowed.

In addition to green tea, chamomile, there are a host of nourishing ingredients including castor seed oil and aloe leaf extract. But perhaps it's the hydro ionized mineral water that impresses the most. Keeping the skin protected and drenched with hydration for up to 24 hours, it uses a complex of six, moisture-maximizing minerals - zinc, potassium, sodium, manganese, magnesium, and calcium. 

And get this - the package includes 5 sheets, so you can look and feel this good again and again.

Winter just got a whole lot brighter.

- Bright Renew Capsule Sleeping Mask

I am completely addicted to these little pods of nourishment.

This leave-on face and neck mask comes in thick capsules of clear hydrating gel cream with a milky white brightening cream ampoule suspended in its midst.

When you pop open the package, simply mix the contents with your finger (or tiny skincare spatula if you prefer) and apply evenly. A fab tip - gently tap to ensure full absorption.

While the gel cream deeply hydrates the skin,  the ampoule featuring Laneige’s Melacrusher Brightening Technology works to brighten your skin and reduce the appearance of dark spots.

You'll wake up feeling - and looking - so refreshed. Your skin will be hydrated, softened, smoothed,  and illuminated, as if you've just returned from vacation or are exhibiting the signs of falling in love.

It's no wonder they're so habit-forming. Who doesn't want to look this fabulous all the time?

p.s. Because these l'il wonders come in one-time-use capsules, they are ideal for travel.

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I am astonished by the affordable pricing of LANEIGE - much lower than skincare of similar types. You get serious hydration and radiance with quick results at a price you can afford. LANEIGE is without doubt one of the best skincare lines on the market. In fact, it ranks right up there with all the luxe collections that cost ten times as much.

So shop right now, because with this in hand, you can say bye to winter skin f-o-r-e-v-e-r.

The LANEIGE Collection is available in Canada exclusively at Sephora stores and on Sephora.ca.

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