The best under-eye masks you can buy
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- An under-eye mask hydrates and cools the often-stressed skin area around the eyes.
- The Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels from Skyn Iceland provides instant cooling through a formula containing Icelandic glacial water, peptides, and botanicals.
Under-eye masks are basically sheet masks for, you guessed it, the skin under the eyes. They are typically single-use patches that come individually wrapped for convenience. When I travel, I prefer to use these to counter the negative effects on my skin caused by flying or a change in climate. Plus, I don't have to deal with messy liquid moisturizers. (Yes, I'm that person doing skin-care while watching an in-flight movie. Avert your eyes.)These masks deliver quick-hits of skin-boosting and -hydrating ingredients. Long-term effects are not the focus, but rather short-term benefits like depuffing, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and minimizing dark circles. Of course, if you use them regularly, you might see more dramatic results.
Most under-eye masks purport to do similar things: make you look more awake, temporarily smoothe-out puffy eyes (bags) and wrinkles to help with makeup application, and soothe irritation. But there's plenty of variety when it comes to the formulas. As a reporter who covers and tests beauty and skin-care products, I have tried numerous under-eye masks and even incorporated some into my routine. Based on my experience and research, here are the top picks.
If you have sensitive skin or any concerns, consult a dermatologist before trying.
The best under-eye masks you can buy in 2019:
- Best under-eye mask overall: Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels
- Best under-eye mask for anti-aging: Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask
- Best overnight under-eye mask: Patchology FlashPatch Restoring Night Eye Gels
- Best under-eye mask for travel: Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks
- Best soothing under-eye mask: Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches with Soothing Cauliflower
Read on in the slides below to check out our top picks.
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