We’re in the middle of a pandemic and it’s absolutely natural for us to feel uneasy adjusting to the ‘new normal’. Some of us have lost our livelihoods because of Covid-19 and for the ones who have them, struggle to balance between work and family. Ever since our offices have moved into our homes, we’ve become glued to our laptops and desks. Staring at a computer screen for hours without taking a break is bound to take a toll on our under-eye area. We’ve normalised living with dark circles and that is a habit we need to break up with pronto.
A few ways to protect your under-eye area from damage is getting 7-8 hours of sleep. Keeping the under-eye area moisturised by using a good quality eye cream and depuffing them with an under-eye mask. The latter is a quick and effective option. Under-eye masks are easily available in the market today. Although some of them are expensive, they’re worth every penny because each under-eye patch is soaked and infused with power ingredients such as retinol, hyaluronic acid, collagen, hyaluronic acid and more. They look like colourful, slippery commas and provide a cooling sensation to the under-eye area when placed on. If you have never tried under-eye masks, it’s never too late to start!
These are some of the best under-eye masks in India that you can get your hands on. Think of it as an investment for your skin.
If you’re starting to spot fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes then you need to address the issue ASAP. Dry skin is one of the main culprits for shrivelled skin and an under-eye mask will give your skin a hydration boost. This one is loaded with minerals, amino acids and minerals. The product also claims to contain active ingredients such as gold and black pear that fights wrinkles, dark circles, and fine lines. In a nutshell, it makes the under-eye area look smooth, healthy and dewy.
No product can brighten the under-eye area on the spot. You need a combination of sleep and a solid skincare routine in place to deal with dark circles. One product that can make your life easier is this one. Packed with hibiscus flower extract and orange flower extract, these under-eye masks are designed to take care of sensitive skin and brighten up the skin under your eyes. There are about 60 patches of goodness inside and each of them is non-sticky in texture.
Unlike other under-eye patches that ooze with serum, this one provides your skin with just the right amount of product. It’s also one of the best under-eye masks available in the market right now. Designed to instantly de-puff and revive your under-eye area, this product helps improve the texture of your skin. Infused with real gold, coconut and cucumber, these cutesy shimmery green patches will soothe and strengthen your skin.
This right here is a concentrated snail hydrogel eye mask for eye bags. Packed with an intense essence extracted from snail mucin, this under-eye brightening mask is designed to hydrate, repair and moisturise the skin. Apart from snail mucin, it also contains gold tea ferment, Centella Asiatic extract and aloe vera which are treat for the skin.
This gold under-eye mask is actually formulated with nano gold, botanical ingredients that help to instantly moisturise and hydrate the under-eye area. This mask helps to treat tired eyes and brighten up dark circles.
Any product that contains aloe vera is always a good idea. These under-eye masks for puffiness not only detoxify your skin but also enrich it with multivitamins. This product also claims to get rid of puffiness and wrinkles. You’ll only find out if that’s true until you give it a try.
Agrees with all skin types, these hydra-gel patches are formulated with hyaluronic acid that helps to retain moisture in the atmosphere and locks in hydration in the skin. This eye mask for dark circles under the eyes also contains wonderful ingredients such as ceramide NP, collagen and marshmallow extract that soften the look of wrinkles and fine lines. You get 30 pairs in this product and they’re all fragrance-free.
If you really want to give your under-eye area a treat, then you should totally spend your bucks on these. They’re one the most luxurious and best under-eye mask patches in the beauty industry. 6 patches come in a pack and each of them is paraben-free and alcohol-free. They’re non-comedogenic in nature and keep the under-eye area smooth and decongested.
This under-eye brightening mask contains pearl extract and collagen. You get 15 pairs in each pack and they’re free from sulfates, petrochemicals, mineral oil, silicone and talc. It’s a clean product that deserves a spot in your beauty cabinet.
Did you know that these charcoal under-eye masks have anti-ageing and wrinkle-reducing properties? With time, they help to brighten up the dark circles and rejuvenate tired skin around the eyes. Tip: Store these in the fridge so that when you use them your skin will feel cool and relaxed.
Under-eye patches are usually made from a hydrogel. That gel is able to hold at least 99% liquid serum or face acid. Your skin is able to absorb these ingredients easily and stay hydrated for a longer period of time. While I recommend that you store them in the fridge, don’t put them in the freezer. The product can freeze and the cold can ruin the texture of the under-gel mask. Although the design of these under-eye patches looks easy to use, many still get the placement wrong. Here’s how to put on under eye masks.
Step 1: Apply your eye cream first.
Step 2: The smaller part of the mask is to be placed on your inner corners.
Step 3: The larger part is to be placed near your Outer-V (Just above your cheek)
Step 4: Keep the under-eye mask on for 20-30 minutes.
Step 5: Remove and discard into the bin
Note: No need to wash your under-eye area with water after using the masks. Allow the ingredient to completely absorb into the skin.
It depends on what your concern is. If it's puffiness and dark circles, under-eye masks can help soothe the area. A great tip would be to place these under-eye masks in the fridge and then on your under-eye area. It should depuff the area in minutes.
Not just under-eye masks, but any cold compress object like a spoon or a chilled jade roller can help constrict the blood vessels and eventually reduce the appearance of dark circles. However, one must not only rely on under-eye masks to treat dark circles. They should follow a solid skincare routine and prioritize on getting a good night’s rest.
In a cool and dry place. You can place them in the fridge, but not in the freezer. It will freeze the product completely and you may damage the under-eye masks while removing a pair.
This information should be mentioned on the packaging. If not, then use it once and discard it after use. After all, it's already served the purpose of delivering serum and moisture to your under-eye area.
1.5-2 years. Throw it out if you notice a change in colour and texture. Also, if your under-eye area starts to feel itchy and flares up, chances are that the product has passed its shelf-life.
Final Thoughts: Under-eye masks are a great way to pamper yourself. Skincare is self-care and during these trying times, it’s important to look after ourselves. Although under-eye masks are quite on the expensive side, there are a few fairly affordable ones in the market. Post using any of these masks, if your skin starts to itch or burn, then perhaps the ingredient in the mask may have not agreed with your skin. Remove it immediately and wash your face with water. Safe and gentle ingredients for most skin types are aloe vera and hyaluronic acid - you can’t go wrong with these two. There are some who think that under-eye masks are a gimmick. Well, it won’t get rid of dark circles in one day for sure. It will work for puffiness because it’s cool and ingredient-rich. For dark circles, you need to get your sleep, diet and eye-rest in check. However, they do improve the texture of the under-eye area making it smooth, soft & hydrated. I’ve recommended a bunch of amazing under-eye masks here. Which of these are you most drawn to?
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