The Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Deep Moisture Sleeping Pack easily has the longest product name…pretty much ever. I live for sleeping masks; they are just the perfect little addition to my skincare routine. This is the fourth one I’ve tried, and again, it’s been an overall positive experience. (Note, the only one I didn’t like was the Innisfree Green Tea Sleeping Pack..it was always really irritating to my eyes. So weird!)
First off, the Nature Republic mask is like all sleeping masks, meant to be applied right before bed to seal in moisture and give the skin an extra super charged boost of hydration. The box for this particular product says you can use it directly after your toner, but I use it as my optional last step in my skincare routine at night whenever my skin feels a bit blah. I apply a thin layer on top of my toner, serum/essence, emulsion and cream (though not daily). Maybe it’s just me, but I sort of feel weird just slapping it on after my toner. I also decanted a bit of this product in a small jar from Daiso when I flew to LA, which I talked about briefly in my long haul beauty flight routine.
It’s packaged in a plastic opaque jar, and doesn’t come with a spatula/mini spoon if you’re into that sort of thing. Personally, I just wash my hands before I wash my face and apply my products, so it’s no big deal. It’s a pale green color, with a slightly thick hybrid gel/cream consistency. It’s lightly scented with a clean and fresh scent, but isn’t too overwhelming. The scent does stick around for awhile though, but it isn’t too big of an issue for me. I actually quite enjoy it.
On the days that I do decide to use it, I spread a thin layer all over my face, focusing on the areas that need the most attention. For me, that’s my forehead and around my nose. One of the things I’ve noticed that once this is applied, it doesn’t absorb very quickly. It just sits on your face for awhile, very much like a normal face mask would. It sort of creates this very thin moisture barrier…you can almost feel the rest of your skincare being trapped underneath the mask. That’s why I thought it was perfect for my flight to LA, since the air in the planes are so dry. It does have a bunch of different silicones in it, so that would probably explain why it doesn’t absorb into the skin as fast as other sleeping packs do. This doesn’t bother me *that* much, but when I do use it, I apply it as early in the night as possible, so my skin isn’t all sticky on my pillow. As with other sleeping masks, make sure to wash your face in the AM!
But performance wise, the Nature Republic Super Aqua Deep Moisture Sleeping Pack lives up to its claims. I wake up in the morning with bright, plump, hydrated skin. It’s perfect for the nights you know you aren’t getting a full nights rest, but want to look like you did. I will say that if you have acne prone or congested, oily skin, this product may not be for you. I haven’t experienced any breakouts while using it, but I’m going to have to say that the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX still has my heart for my #1 favorite sleeping pack. While the Nature Republic mask is good, it doesn’t wow me. I just don’t find myself reaching for this as much as I did with the Laneige one, which I used down to the last tiny bit.
Do you use sleeping packs? What are your favorites?