04.10.2015
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Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask
2.7 fl. oz. for $25
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Community Rating (1)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:04.10.2015
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes

Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask has the look and smell of scrumptious berry yogurt, but what does that have to do with skincare? As it turns out, not much, which is why this mask is more a "why bother?" than a must-have! What makes your nose happy isn't always going to do the same for your skin.

This falls short of being a reparative facial mask partially due to its powerfully fragranced scent. The added fragrance, especially to such a degree and as lovely as it may smell to some, can potentially irritate skin, both on the surface where you can see it as well as below the surface where you can't (see More Info for the full scoop). Another issue is the jar packaging, which allows the numerous berry-related antioxidants to break down more rapidly (see More Info), meaning your skin won't reap their benefits for long.

As for the rest of the formula, there isn't evidence or research that yogurt stimulates collagen production as Laneige claims, but dry skin will benefit from the moisturizing emollients shea and cocoa butter, as well as from the skin-repairing ingredients glycerin and squalane.

By the way, if you're wondering if Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask gets its light pink tint from the "multiberry" complex, the answer is no—it's from the coloring agent red 33. That's not a bad thing, but it serves no purpose other than to create a specific visual perception of the product.

In the end, without the added fragrance and in more stable packaging, we'd give Laneige credit for creating a moisturizing, antioxidant-rich mask, but as is, there's really no reason to settle, considering there are plenty of other top-rated facial masks that surpass this.

Pros:

  • Contains moisturizing emollients and skin-repairing ingredients ideal for replenishing dry skin.

Cons:

  • High amounts of added fragrance pose a potential risk of irritation.
  • Jar packaging allows the "multiberry" complex of antioxidants to deteriorate.

More Info:

Irritation from High Amounts of Fragrance: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types (Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2008; and American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003).

The sneaky part about irritation is that research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see it or feel it for your skin to suffer damage, and that damage may remain hidden for a long time (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008).

In fact, the effect of inflammation in the skin is cumulative, and repeated exposure to irritants contributes to a weakened skin barrier, slower healing (including of red marks from breakouts), and a dull, uneven complexion (Aging, 2012; and Chemical Immunology and Allergy, 2012).

Jar Packaging: The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air. Therefore, once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria that further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.

The vast majority of ingredients that are most beneficial for your skin are not stable in the presence of light and air, which is exactly what happens when you take the lid off a jar (Pharmacology Review, 2013; and Journal of Biophotonics, 2010).

One of the critical factors in any anti-aging or skin-healing formula is the amount and variety of antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing ingredients, and the more the better. These function in a variety of ways to reduce the effects of the constant environmental stresses your skin experiences (Dermatology Research and Practice, 2012; and The Journal of Pathology, 2007).

Antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing ingredients not only can help prevent free-radical damage, but also, to a fairly impressive extent, help repair that damage. Surprisingly, almost all of these ingredients are just as vulnerable to sun exposure, pollution, and cigarette smoke as your skin (Pharmacognosy Review, 2013; and Journal of Biophotonics, 2010).

Once you open that jar you bought, you immediately compromise the stability of the anti-aging superstars it contains. (You can visualize their benefits disappearing like puffs of air each time you open up that lid!)

Community Reviews
Claims
Nourish the skin overnight. Multiberry complex formulated with extracts from raspberries, blueberries, wolfberries, cranberries, and strawberries delivers abundant nutrition deep into the skin and antioxidants to eliminate harmful free radicals. Sogurty ™, a specialized fermented yogurt, soothes the skin from troubles; protects the skin from harmful external aggressors; and promotes collagen production.
Ingredients
Water, Glycerin, Shea Butter, Propanediol, Cocoa Seed Butter, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Squalane, Diisostearyl Malate, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Yeast Ferment Extract, Strawberry Fruit Extract, Raspberry Fruit Extract, Lycium Chinense Fruit Extract, Cranberry Fruit Extract, Sapindus Mukurossi Fruit Extract, Blueberry Fruit Extract, Rubus Chamaemorus Seed Extract, Coffee Seed Extract, Yogurt Powder, Niacinamide, Acetyl Glucosamine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Mannan, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sucrose, Sucrose Palmitate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Triethylhexanoin, Polysorbate 20, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Red 33.
Brand Overview

Laneige At-A-Glance

Strengths: SPF-rated products provide broad-spectrum sun protection; utilization of some intriguing melanin-inhibiting ingredients.

Weaknesses: Highly fragranced formulas put skin at risk of irritation; use of see-through bottles and jar packaging weakens the potency of the beneficial ingredients; claims for “mineral water” don’t stand up to the research; despite a higher-than-average drugstore price point, Laneige products aren’t superior to their competitors.

Laneige is a South Korean brand owned by high-end cosmetics company, AmorePacific. Launched in 1994, the story behind this brand centers around mineral water—which they tend to label “Optimal Mineral Water”—harvested from the snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas. They allegedly spent 20 years perfecting its scientifically engineered properties for skin and, according to Laneige, this “superior water” is the secret to hydrating, protecting, and revitalizing skin.

Here’s what we really know: All water that’s included in cosmetics, regardless of the source, must go through a rigorous purification process, and there isn’t any research showing that water from any one source is better for skin than water from any other source. More to the point, repairing and hydrating skin is not as simple as adding water. Even Laneige’s highly touted mineral water won’t retain moisture in skin unless the outer barrier is reinforced with ingredients like antioxidants, emollients, and skin-repairing ingredients—all of which are required or the water just evaporates. So, does Laneige deliver in that regard? Yes and no.

The problem is that their products tend to include beneficial ingredients right alongside potentially irritating ingredients (including fragrance), which detracts from what the good ingredients would otherwise be able to do for skin. In some cases, the jar or clear bottle packaging further impedes the potency and stability of the formula because many of the superstar ingredients break down in the presence of air and/or light.

As far as Laneige makeup goes, at the time of this review they sell only a BB cream in the United States, but it is also plagued by the inclusion of potentially irritating ingredients.

In the end, despite their highly touted Korean brand prestige and steeper-than-average mass-market price point (the line is sold at Target stores in the United States), Laneige ends up being more about marketing fluff than what’s actually good for skin. Beyond the mineral water, Laneige products would have merit for their anti-aging prowess, but their inclusion of potential irritants and the use of packaging that compromises the stability of the beneficial ingredients renders the products generally unworthy of consideration.

For more information about Laneige, visit www.us.laneige.com.

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Laneige At-A-Glance

Strengths: SPF-rated products provide broad-spectrum sun protection; utilization of some intriguing melanin-inhibiting ingredients.

Weaknesses: Highly fragranced formulas put skin at risk of irritation; use of see-through bottles and jar packaging weakens the potency of the beneficial ingredients; claims for “mineral water” don’t stand up to the research; despite a higher-than-average drugstore price point, Laneige products aren’t superior to their competitors.

Laneige is a South Korean brand owned by high-end cosmetics company, AmorePacific. Launched in 1994, the story behind this brand centers around mineral water—which they tend to label “Optimal Mineral Water”—harvested from the snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas. They allegedly spent 20 years perfecting its scientifically engineered properties for skin and, according to Laneige, this “superior water” is the secret to hydrating, protecting, and revitalizing skin.

Here’s what we really know: All water that’s included in cosmetics, regardless of the source, must go through a rigorous purification process, and there isn’t any research showing that water from any one source is better for skin than water from any other source. More to the point, repairing and hydrating skin is not as simple as adding water. Even Laneige’s highly touted mineral water won’t retain moisture in skin unless the outer barrier is reinforced with ingredients like antioxidants, emollients, and skin-repairing ingredients—all of which are required or the water just evaporates. So, does Laneige deliver in that regard? Yes and no.

The problem is that their products tend to include beneficial ingredients right alongside potentially irritating ingredients (including fragrance), which detracts from what the good ingredients would otherwise be able to do for skin. In some cases, the jar or clear bottle packaging further impedes the potency and stability of the formula because many of the superstar ingredients break down in the presence of air and/or light.

As far as Laneige makeup goes, at the time of this review they sell only a BB cream in the United States, but it is also plagued by the inclusion of potentially irritating ingredients.

In the end, despite their highly touted Korean brand prestige and steeper-than-average mass-market price point (the line is sold at Target stores in the United States), Laneige ends up being more about marketing fluff than what’s actually good for skin. Beyond the mineral water, Laneige products would have merit for their anti-aging prowess, but their inclusion of potential irritants and the use of packaging that compromises the stability of the beneficial ingredients renders the products generally unworthy of consideration.

For more information about Laneige, visit www.us.laneige.com.