It can be hard enough to get six to eight hours of sleep every night without throwing in the added stress of the holidays and the ongoing pandemic but, unfortunately for us, dark, puffy circles underneath our eyes can be a telltale sign. Enter eye masks! They not only help you look more awake, but they can also help to treat fine lines.
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Elemis's co-founder Noella Gabriel tells us: "The skin around the eye area is extremely fragile and can be one of the first places to show signs of premature ageing. The eye area is often neglected and if not looked after correctly, can become dry, puffy and congested and age your face beyond your years. An eye mask will help with all these skin concerns by providing an instant boost of deep hydration and having a cooling and anti-inflammatory effect."
With that in mind, we have rounded up the best eye masks that need to be in your skincare kit ASAP.
Dior Beauty Eye Reviver Patches
Dior Beauty Eye Reviver Patches, £23, Dior Beauty
Who says skincare can't be fabulous?! These limited edition Eye Reviver Patches from Dior Beauty should be saved for a girly Galentine's Weekend away, or perhaps just for an Instagram shot. These eye masks refresh the eye area in 10 minutes flat, and they bring an instant glow. In fact, they are used a lot backstage at fashion week and Peter Philips, the Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup, is a big fan.
Each box of Dior Eye Reviver Patches contains two pairs of single-use eye patches and a miniature format Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serum eye contour care.
Erborian Ginseng Eye Patch
Erborian Ginseng Eye Patch, £6, LookFantastic
Awaken tired eyes thanks to Erborian, an innovative beauty brand recognised for its highly-effective skincare treatments with a focus on super-ingredients used in Korean traditional medicine.
Drenched in a powerful serum enriched with moisturising Ginseng Root extract, mattifying Silica powder and Escin, the eye patch banishes signs of fatigue, reigniting the eye contour with lost vitality. Smoothing out and diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with Tara fruit and Red Seaweed Extract Complex, the smoothing mask replenishes the delicate eye contour with intense and instant hydration for plump and rested skin.
MZ Skin Hydra-Bright Gold Eye Mask
MZ Skin Hydra-Bright Gold Eye Mask, £95, MZ Skin
Dr Maryam Zamani, Oculoplastic Surgeon and founder of MZ Skin has some recommendations for faking the 8 hour sleep rule which is almost impossible to get! "When suffering from dark circles, the key thing to do is keep the area cool and hydrated, and drink plenty of fluids. As well as using products such as the Soothe & Smooth or an eye mask like Hydra Bright Gold Eye Mask for hydrating as well as adding in a richer eye-cream Depuff and Define which will both work to brighten the dark circles. You can also consider a treatment such as the Eye Ampoules to maximise these treatments."
Wishful Eye Lift & Snatch Instant Sculpting Mask
Wishful Eye Lift & Snatch Instant Sculpting Mask, £4, Boots
The Wishful Eye Lift & Snatch Instant Sculpting Mask is infused with state of the art extracts such as plant stem cells and peptides, as well as Huda Beauty's go-to natural actives for undereye brightnes; Sweet Almond Oil and Rose.
Patchology Serve Chilled Rosé Eye Gels
Patchology Serve Chilled Rosé Eye Gels 5 Pairs, £14, Cult Beauty
We can't get enough of Patchology's Serve Chilled Rosé Eye Gels. Infused with Strawberry Extract and Hyaluronic Acid for zapping tired eyes, these pink delights are a fabulous pick-me-up, especially if you place them in the fridge just before you apply them. Cheers to that...
INCredible Cosmetics Party Recharge Under-Eye Masks
INCredible Cosmetics Party Recharge Under-Eye Masks, £11, PrettyLittleThing
These glittering hydrogel masks are packed with hydrating hyaluronic acid, balancing niacinamide and cooling crystal extract. And even though we can't party right now these masks are sure to bring some sparkle and joy to your day.
Ciaté London Energy Boost Eye Patches
Ciaté London x Smiley World Energy Boost Eye Patches, £22, Ciate London
These look great and provide fantastic results. Each hydro-gel patch is dry-infused with rejuvenating cica extract, energising cacao extracts and collagen promoting copper peptides for rejuvenated and de-puffed under eyes. All you have to do is remove from the backing sheet and gently press onto the under-eye area. Chill for 15-20 minutes. For an extra cooling boost, store in the fridge before applying.
Estée Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Eye Mask
Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Eye Mask, £38, Net-a-Porter
Estée Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Eye Mask is designed to rejuvenate shattered eyes and also works as a great brightening agent. The oval-shaped pads are drenched in the famous Advance Night Repair Serum, so you know you are getting a great treatment.
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Elemis' Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks
Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks, £35.45, Elemis
You need to check out Elemis' Hydra-Gel Eye Masks. These patches are generously made to cover the entire space under your eyes and are formulated with potent plankton extract, which acts as an instant tightener. The hyaluronic acid-infused pads also gently hydrate the fragile eye area quickly. They come in a pack of six, which works out just over £7 a pair. Bargain!
Eclat Skin London Hyaluronic acid and Collagen Hydro-Gel Eye Pads
Hyaluronic acid and Collagen Hydro-Gel Eye Pad, £29.90 for 5 sets of pads, Eclat Skin London
Infused with Hyaluronic acid and collagen, these eye pads are designed to reduce the visible signs and rejuvenate and smooth tired-looking under eyes.
Comfort Zone Sublime Skin Eye Patch
Comfort Zone Sublime Skin Eye Patch, £40, FeelUnique
Jessica Alba is a fan of Comfort Zone's Sublime Skin Eye Patches. These visibly improve luminosity to the skin and the innovative hydragel mask is enriched with peptides for an immediate effect on tired, puffy eyes with dark circles.
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Peter Thomas Roth's Cucumber De-Tox De-Puffing Eye-Cubes
Peter Thomas Roth's Cucumber De-Tox De-Puffing Eye Patches, £41, LookFantastic
When you think of amping up tired eyes, you may think of slices of cucumber - the most traditional of beauty techniques. Well, Peter Thomas Roth was clearly inspired by this because the Cucumber De-Tox De-Puffing Eye Contour Gel Patches work to visibly reduce puffiness, dark circles and fine lines.
Tarte Cosmetics Pack Your Bags Undereye Patches
Pack Your Bags Undereye Patches, £19, Tarte Cosmetics
Not only do they come in the sweetest box, but the Tarte Pack Your Bags patches are vegan-friendly and come doused in jellified coconut oil. Designed to fit the contours of your face, they stick superbly under the eyes, and the natural formula works to reduce dullness. They come individually wrapped so great to take on holiday, too.
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111SKIN Celestial Black Diamond Eye Mask
111SKIN Celestial Black Diamond Eye Mask, £75 NET-A-PORTER
Victoria Beckham loves these eye masks! They have been formulated to combat fine lines, wrinkles, and dehydration around the eye area. The formula contains retinol to retexture skin, vitamins to improve discolouration, and a potent peptide to fight lines.
Skin Republic Brightening Eye Mask
Skin Republic Brightening Eye Mask, £4.49, Look Fantastic
If you are on a budget, Skin Republic is the one for you. These under-eye patches are bursting with vitamins and antioxidants to banish those bags. You get three pairs in a pack for a purse-friendly £4.49.
Chantecaille's Gold Energising Eye Recovery Masks
Chantecaille Gold Energising Eye Recovery Masks, £185, Chantecaille
If you need some luxury in your life (trust us, you deserve it!) then Chantecaille's Gold Energising Eye Recovery Masks should be at the top of your list. The natural seaweed-based mask contains an anti-ageing gold serum which helps to boost collagen production, leaving the skin around your eyes positively glistening.
Skyn's ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels
Skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, £25, Feel Unique
Got a spare 10 minutes? Skyn's firming eye gels instantly cool the skin, helping to firm de-puff and reduce premature wrinkles in the under-eye area. The winning ingredient of Ginkgo biloba leaf extract dilates blood vessels, which improves blood flow and helps bring down the puffiness. A great treatment to revive tired peepers in a blink of the eye.
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