Thursday, 13 September 2012

SKINCARE REVIEW: TCM - Traditional Chinese Medicine Sleeping Pack

Hi lovely people! Today's review is on a super cheap sleeping pack, that was recently featured in my August Favourites post. A few people expressed some curiosity about these, so I hope that this post will be helpful~

Actually, after using this brand of sleeping packs I discovered that they're quite effective as a pimple cream! That's pretty cool, because I do love a product that's multi-functional, haha. 

Firstly, what is a sleeping pack? Sleeping packs are generally cream/gel-like textured products that are applied as a thin layer to the face, before bedtime. They will absorb into the skin, and do not need to be washed off - just go to bed and wake up with soft, smooth skin! Some sleeping packs claim to hydrate and soften, whiten and brighten, or help turn back the clock with anti-ageing/wrinkle treating properties. 

In my mind, I'd say that sleeping packs have the same function as a night cream, or a sheet mask (without the cloth mask). They're mostly used a few times a week. 

I bought a few of these off Sasa, for only US$1.10, hoping they would bring back some suppleness to my dryer winter skin. TCM does have a few variants of these sleeping packs, but today I am only going to review the Cordyceps Sinensis variant. 

The TCM sleeping packs come packaged in gold coloured foil sachets, with 20 grams worth of product. This may not sound like a lot, but the amount of product in this sachet is enough for about 4 or more days worth of applications. It'll last even longer as a spot treatment! 

The foil sachet should help keep the product from drying out, as long as you keep it out of sunlight. You could also store it in the fridge, if you're worried. 

Sasa states the main ingredients are - Cordyceps Sinensis powder, hyaluronic acid, and collagen. It also states that these sleeping packs are suitable for all skin types, even dry or sensitive skin.

The texture of this sleeping pack is an off-white cream. It's not very thick, and will apply to skin thinly and clear. 

I guarantee the first thing you'll notice as you go to apply this is the smell. It strongly smells of traditional Chinese medicine ointments, which can be unattractive to some people. I don't mind - it actually makes me feel nostalgic, lol. 

It can be applied with fingers or a pack brush (which looks a bit like a foundation brush).

As you apply it, definitely keep it away from your eye area - those with sensitive eyes could end up with watery eyes, because the ointment smell is quite powerful and could sting the eyes a bit.  To ensure this doesn't happen, also make sure not to apply an overly thick layer! I don't see how a thick layer will have much difference to the skin as a thinner layer - your skin can only drink in so much moisture, after all. 

It feels really cooling on the skin. Give it some time to absorb, before jumping into bed. Due to the light-weight texture of this sleeping pack, it will absorb fairly quickly - say, within 30 minutes. It won't leave skin sticky either. When you wake up, you can cleanse as usual. 

Skin should be soft, smooth and feeling hydrated the day after. Personally for me, I didn't really notice much difference in the smoothness or brightness on my face. I did feel like my skin wasn't feeling as 'thirsty' for hydration the next morning, but that was really it. 

I can't complain much as these packs were so cheap! And instead of using these a few nights a week, I just started using them as a light, nightly moisturiser. After awhile, I began to notice that these work really well as a pimple cream! Just apply them as you would any spot treatment. They have made my smaller pimples go away before they can come to a head, or they can reduce the longevity of most of my pimples. 

They can't stop those really bad, stubborn zits though! But that's okay, I can't have everything I want ^_^

I also really like using these as a spot treatment, because unlike others I've tried in the past, these do not dry the skin out - which is what generally happens to me when I used the treatments with the salicyic acid in them. They make the skin around my pimple flake (making it more obvious!), and tend to make it last longer, instead. 

But I did try using the TCM Pearl Cubilose variant, and those did start to break me out after 3 days of using them. So if you do get that one, and you are prone to breakouts, do use them only 2-3 times a week, and not days in a row~


  • super cheap
  • absorbs quickly
  • doesn't sting or dry out skin
  • an effective/cheap spot treatment


  • doesn't have a dramatic effect on hydrating skin
  • Chinese medicine smell can be overpowering - it can make sensitive eyes water, if applied too close
  • not widely available

Hope this review was helpful! As usual, thanks for reading ^^

Have you used sleeping packs before? What do you think about them? 


  1. These sound so nice...and they're so cheap! It's hard to resist! XD

  2. I just found out what sleeping packs were...yesterday. I want one!This definitely sounds interestingggg. Its cool that it helps pimples as well!

  3. Great review. I've tried these before and I really liked them but they seem to be sold out when I try to find them on SASA lately so I haven't been able to repurchase. I agree that this could potentially last a lot longer if applied sparingly or as a spot treatment. Still good hydrating results. My review is really old but here's a link if you're curious.

  4. I've never heard of this, but find is super interesting there's Chinese medicine in it. Not sure if I can stand the overwhelming smell though

  5. Thanks for reviewing these!! I actually quite like the smell of chinese medicine as it reminds me of my childhood too. Having a little nostalgia factor while taking care of my skin is always good right. ^-^


  6. Exactly! It no problem if you get a couple to try and don't end up liking them! Luckily I do like them quite a bit :)

  7. Hehe, I only recently found about them myself - and I totally want to try all the different brands out there!

  8. Ooh, I only have one pack left - hope Sasa restocks soon! Thanks for the link, will check it out :)

  9. Yeah, that part intrigued me a bit! Hehe, the smell is quite interesting :)

  10. Thanks for reading ^^
    Haha, it might not be the best smell - but memories are memories!

  11. First experience from your post. Everybody should try to use your process.
    Anna Maria


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