When you wake up in the morning after hardly sleeping the night before, it's tempting to reach for a cup (or three) of coffee and to accept that dark circles and puffy eyes are your unfortunate reality for the day. But that's where these nifty little patches come in. The best under eye masks can deliver serum that relieves swelling and puffiness, make it appear smoother and feel softer, and even provide effective ingredients that improve your skin's barrier function.
The delicate and thin skin under your eyes is susceptible to all kinds of issues — from milia (those tiny white bumps that appear out of nowhere and are so difficult to get rid of) — to broken blood vessels. Retaining water this month? You can thank your under eyes for being the first part of your body to give you away with puffy lids and swelling.
But, as much as this area of our faces can be finicky, it just wants and needs TLC — and eye masks are the perfect product to incorporate into your skin care routine. For starters, they require little to no effort on your part. After cleansing and toning your skin, apply the patches and let them work their magic for 10-20 minutes as you get dressed, eat breakfast, and make the bed. Feeling particularly puffy that day? Place the patches in your freezer for 10 minutes before wearing them. When your timer goes off, remove the eye mask, dab a bit of eye cream under your eyes and a moisturizer with SPF on your skin, and go about your day with bright eyes that will make it look like you actually got your Zzz's.
1An Intensely Moisturizing Treatment Made From Gold & Pearls
It's not just hype: The pearl essence in these eye patches contains amino acids and minerals that repair skin, while the gold, green tea, cucumber, and grapefruit seed brighten your skin and add an incredible layer of moisture that keeps your under eye area supple.
2Collagen Eye Patches For Brighter, Softer Skin
These hypoallergenic eye patch sheets are soaked in collagen essence and botanicals and are absolutely killer at brightening dark circles and making rough, dry skin silky smooth. Reviewers say these do a great job of adding much-needed hydration to your skin — which provides the perfect base for makeup application.
3Cooling Eye Gel Patches With Antioxidants & Elastin
It takes just 10 minutes to reap the benefits of these cooling, eye skin tightening eye patches, which are packed with ingredients like elastin to tone uneven skin, gingko balboa leaf extract for increased blood circulation, and the antioxidant Coenzyme Q10, which prevents free radicals from causing future skin damage.
4Oxygenating Eye Masks That Address Puffiness
All of the ingredients in this eye mask are aimed at de-puffing swollen eyes and making you look (and feel) more awake and alert — from three types of oxygenating ingredients to cool and soothing cucumber extract to skin brightening Vitamin C. Be careful when you press the fluid chamber to release serum onto the pads – they're easy to rip.
5Collagen-Rich Skin Tightening Patches For Faking A Full Night's Rest
Grace & Stella Anti-Wrinkle + Energizing Eye Masks, $16 (12 Pairs), Amazon
These Korean eye patches are described by reviewers as "amazing" "jelly-like fluid soaked patches" that tighten skin around the eyes and feel soothing and refreshing. They're made with collagen and provide an optimum level of hydration to under eye skin.
6A 24K Gold Eye Treatment That Increases Blood Circulation
Increase blood circulation and cellular metabolism (which eliminates dark circles and reduces puffiness) and stimulate collagen production with these 24K gold eye patches, which contain hyaluronic acid, collagen, and grape seed extract. The combination of antioxidants and effective ingredients treats the issues you want to take care of today and prevents future damage.
7Dry Eye Mask Sheets That Can Be Used With Your Favorite Toner, Essence, Or Serum
These dry eye mask sheets can be soaked in hydrating toner, essence, or serum and applied to your under eyes. The complete control over what goes in your eye mask makes these perfect for sensitive skin types — and they're incredibly affordable.
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