I received the Laneige Water Bank Serum about 2 weeks ago – it was a happy surprise on my door step when I came home that night! If you couldn’t tell by this blog, I do tend to focus a lot on skincare. Since I do have a few skincare issues that are quite a feat to clear up, I do a lot of research on skincare products and ingredients and their effects on skin – so I was very happy to receive an Influenster Voxbox that was skincare focused. I do have dehydrated skin that I struggle with, and I know that I’m not the only one. What really helps is knowing and finding the appropriate products that will properly hydrate your skin. Also, drink lots of water!
Laneige is actually a Korean skincare brand and if you’re not familiar – Korean and Japanese skincare actually KILLS it every time. There are actually groups of people on this continent that lust over Korean products or have routines containing only Korean products. There are also products in North America that are imitations of Korean products – they’re just not quite up to par. I absolutely love the fact that this is a Korean product.
Laneige Water Bank Serum is packed with loads of antioxidants, moisturizers and emollients, so there are other benefits to this product aside from the obvious increase in hydration.
This product is a creamy, light consistency and it goes on smooth. The texture is less of a serum, and more of a lotion. There’s no sticky feeling or residue left behind. It makes my skin feel soft, and supple (just as it should). Your skin should feel plump, the glycerin (second ingredient) is made to draw moisture from the air into your skin. Products that claim to hydrate, the ingredient that pulls the moisture into your skin ie. glycerin, sometimes isn’t one of the first ingredients (they HAVE to be listed in descending order). If it’s not, I would look for a different product. Ingredients closer to the top of the list of ingredients, always have a higher concentration than those on the bottom of the list.
I have fairly sensitive skin – that does get dehydrated because naturally..I choose coffee instead of water. Oops. Regardless, I have sensitive skin and this product is highly fragranced. Products that contain a high amount of fragrance, almost always contain one or more irritating or comedogenic ingredients to create that fragrance. I choose to stay away from products that contain fragrance as not to irritate my skin further. Personal choice. Obviously some people may have no problem at all with fragrances – we’re not one size fits all.
I don’t love the bottle for this product, and this probably goes for most products. As a brand, I think it’s important to really think about the product and determine appropriate packaging relative to that product. Create one that’s advantageous to the customer. If you’re going to spend more money to put it in a cute bottle, and make it pretty looking…at least make it functional. If its not, how pretty the bottle is won’t matter. This particular product is in a clear bottle – serums, vit. c, anything with anti-oxidants should be in dark coloured bottles or solid bottles because light effects their potency and they become less effective.
Sadly, due to the fragrance in this product, I won’t be continuing use and I will look for a different product to provide hydration to my skin. I will be giving this to someone else who may not have as sensitive skin as I do and will greatly benefit from the hydration, and antioxidants this product provides.