While you’re probably already well aware of how face masks can be a fundamental — and relaxing — part of your skincare routine. But if you haven’t hopped on board the under eye mask train just yet, we’ve got some pretty compelling reasons why you’ll definitely want to add these comma-shaped contraptions that you’ve probably seen all over social media to your beauty repertoire ASAP.
Why Do You Need an Under-Eye Mask, Specifically?
If you’ve noticed more fine lines or puffiness under your eyes with each birthday you celebrate, you’re not alone. The skin around your eyes is thinner and therefore more delicate than the skin on the rest of your face and your body, so it’s often one of the first areas to show signs of aging.
While there are plenty of great makeup tricks for younger-looking eyes, you can actually target the area directly with these under-eye masks designed to help banish dark circles, soften and nourish the delicate skin under your eyes, and help you look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed even without a lick of makeup on.
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Where to buy: $70, Ulta
If you’re feeling stressed out over the deep lines that keep appearing around your eyes no matter your best efforts to combat them, you’ll want to try this mask, which is chock full of powerhouse ingredients designed to help you look refreshed and rested after just one 15-minute application. Featuring a retinol-infused blend of vitamin A and hyaluronic acid to help keep lines at bay, you’ll notice immediate improvement along with more supple skin as you continue using them. The box contains 12 sets of two sachets and adheres snugly to your under eye area.
An added bonus: these work just as well on the laugh lines around your mouth.
Where to buy: $25, Dermstore
For the lady that’s always on-the-go (or simply dreaming of your next travel destination), you’ll want to have these masks by Wander Beauty at the ready. Not only do they feature a gorgeous gold foil that helps retain heat so skin can more effectively absorb all the goodness inside, the inner layer is packed with aloe leaf, calendula, amino acids, and peptides to brighten and hydrate skin, while soothing redness and improving skin’s texture and tone over time.
If you’re adjusting to different climates or traveling by plane — which are notorious for dry cabin air — these masks offer up plenty of skin benefits after just 10 to 15 minutes of application time.
Where to buy: $60, Dermstore
One of the toughest parts of skin aging is that we naturally lose skin’s elasticity over time, so you might feel like getting back the firmness of your younger years is merely a pipe dream. Enter this mask by aesthetician Joanna Vargas, which features five pairs of soothing, brightening eye masks that will flawlessly stop saggy skin in its tracks.
A potent blend of skin-plumping peptides, hydrolyzed silk protein and hyaluronic acid help moisturize, too, with allantoin on board to help soothe and heal skin. Enjoy 15 to 20 minutes of time with these on and your under eyes reap all the benefits with zero effort on your part.
Where to buy: $42, Nordstrom
When you’re in need of the perfect way to unwind after a long day, give your under eyes a little extra loving with this pack of four pairs of Estée Lauder’s unique formula of brightening, nourishing ingredients that is so powerful, you only need to use them once a week before bed to enjoy the many under eye area benefits they provide.
Featuring the brand’s signature Advanced Night Repair technology along with caffeine and coffee extract to help constrict blood vessels, dark circles are instantly minimized, and skin is left feeling cool, calm, and refreshed.
By coming packaged dry, you simply break the seal on the liquid chamber, which saturates them with the inner formula only when you’re ready to use them. This way, the formula stays potent and efficacious much longer. A win-win all the way around.
Where to buy: $55, Ulta
Whether you battle chronic dry skin no matter the season or experience extra dryness as the temperatures dip, these eye patches from Peter Thomas Roth will keep skin feeling soft and supple without any added greasiness — no easy feat, to be sure.
The formula is rich in highly-effective ingredients including ceramide, collagen, and marshmallow root extract, which help lock in hydration, while caffeine and arnica work together to minimize puffiness and the appearance of dark circles. Each tub comes with 30 pairs of patches, with noticeably silky smooth skin waiting after just 10 to 15 minutes of wear time.
Where to buy: $22, Sephora
Ladies with sensitive skin know that finding products to actually help skin without causing itching, redness, irritation, or any sort of unpleasant reaction — especially around the already delicate eye area — can be a challenge for even the most savvy of beauty shoppers.
That’s where these patches from Tarte come in to play, because they’re specially formulated to be hypoallergenic and free of ingredients that might irritate sensitive skin types (like fragrance). Jellified algae and marine flower extract work with coconut oil, a natural hydrator, to illuminate skin and help provide a more even pigmentation in just 15 minutes. They’re also tested by both ophthalmologists and dermatologists, and are safe for contact lens wearers, too. Each package contains four sets of two pairs.
Where to buy: $22, Sephora
These water-based patches can be placed in the fridge for an instant boost of chill for the tired, sallow skin under your eyes. Infused with caffeine to wake you up on those all-too-early mornings, these are great for all skin types to help rejuvenate and calm skin in just 10 to 15 minutes.
They’re also vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and gluten-free, which means they don’t include any icky ingredients like sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban, all of which are known irritants commonly found in cosmetic products. Instead, you’ll enjoy the vibrant, perky under eye skin you remember from your younger years.
Where to buy: $4, Ulta
You don’t have to spend a billion bucks to get gorgeous skin under your eyes, and it’s all thanks to these holographic foil eye masks by Bliss. Not only do they look super futuristic when applied to your face, this mask features a veggie-rich serum blend that will nourish and soften skin while also protecting it from the environmental pollutants that we’re exposed to every single day.
One recent reviewer boasted about her “refreshed eyes” after regular use, writing, “This is truly one of the best serums I have found for the dehydrated, lack of sleep, wrinkle look that occurs unfortunately more frequently than not for me — I just love the feel of my skin after and really look so refreshed!” And at less than the cost of a latte for each pair, you’re sure to love this pick-me-up with even more benefits than any amount of caffeine.
Where to buy: $15, Dermstore
If you like to treat your skin to a daily dose of beauty by way of masking, look no further than these rejuvenating eye gels, which come in a tub of 30 and provide benefits after just five minutes of wear.
With a formula consisting of humectants (which hydrate skin), caffeine (which improves circulation and reduces the appearance of dark circles), hydrolyzed collagen (to reduce puffiness and fight tired-looking eyes), and a slew of other plant-based extracts that work whether you’re battling jet lag, need to look your best for a big night out, or simply want a little self-care Sunday action.
When you’re in the mood to truly treat yourself (and you should!), you’ll want to have these unique under–eye masks on hand. By pressing the fluid chamber on each pack, you’ll release the potent formula inside, featuring a whopping 92% pure collagen to promote your healthiest skin ever. The brand’s high-tech stabilization technology helps lock collagen into a live, freeze dried state, helping to maintain its purity and potency.
If that all sounds a bit fancy, that’s because it is. But trust us when we say it’s worth it. After just 10 to 20 minutes of wear time, your peepers will truly pop.
Where to buy: $24, Dermstore
If you’ve been feeling extra frazzled or tired lately and it’s starting to show on your face, you’ll want to click ‘add to cart’ on these soothing patches, which are infused with chamomile and cornflower extract to provide a spa-like experience without even leaving your house.
By using them once daily for a week (each package comes with 7 sachets) for 20 minutes each time, you’ll notice your skin is more vibrant, radiant, and soft, so it’s as if your skin took a weeklong spa getaway without packing your bags, travel delays, or even the hefty price tag. We’re sold!
Where to buy: $8, Dermstore
Aside from being a wallet-friendly buy, this sheet mask has the unique honor of targeting not just your under eyes but the bridge of your nose, above the eyebrow area, and even the sides of the face where crow’s feet usually emerge first.
It’s a ton of fun to wear and delivers plenty of anti-inflammatory and energizing benefits, thanks to its blend of ingredients. Hyaluronic acid helps retain moisture that we naturally lose as we age to plump dry, fine lines, algae and mushroom extracts draw toxins from the skin, and caffeine calms irritated skin and while reducing redness and puffiness. Plus, we won’t judge if you snap a selfie or two while you’re wearing it.
Where to buy: $35, Amazon
With an all-star ingredient list featuring vitamin B3, algae extract, and amino acids to battle fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles, you’ll wonder how these masks could possibly feel so lightweight on your skin. It’s truly magic.
Plenty of buyers boasted about how “refreshed” their skin felt after use, without any heaviness, oiliness, or sticky residue that masks can sometimes leave behind. With one use, you’ll wonder how you lived without these in your arsenal all these years.
Where to buy: $32, Ulta
While plenty of other masks can be popped into the fridge for that invigorating cooling sensation, these firming eye gels are filled with glacial water from Iceland which instantly helps de-puff and calm skin, reducing the appearance of those pesky fine lines and wrinkles. Peptides and botanical extracts help improve blood flow to the under eye area while antioxidants help prevent future damage even when you’re not wearing them. The formula is gentle, because it’s free of known irritants like parabens, petroleum, mineral oil, chemical sulfates, and phthalates. They’re also vegan-friendly and cruelty-free.
The cooling sensation feels irresistible whether you’re battling the menopause blues or simply trying to keep cool in the warmer months. Each pack comes with eight pairs of eye gels.