Eye Masks. Are they just another trend or an underrated product you need ASAP? With the list of miracle products toppling over we decided to do a little research and find out if those little tear drops every beauty editor and skincare junkie have been sporting are worth it.
WHAT DO THEY DO?
The claims include:
Rid of dark circles
Reduce puffiness and redness
Rid of fine lines and wrinkles
DO THEY WORK?
Okay so let's get to the point shall we. The product itself is cooling, which helps with claim #2 by reducing under eye inflammation. Ever heard of the cold spoon trick? Well it's the same concept. Cold = Depuffing!
In regards to claims 1 and 3, they are a temporary fix. While the masks create an appearance of brighter under eyes and tightened skin, the results aren't long term and will be gone the following day. Aka they are great in a pinch when you want it to look like you've gotten enough sleep and stay out of the sun.
But this does not mean they aren't useful. While they can't erase pre-existing under eye problems they can reduce further development and aid as an preventative measure. Say with me PRE-VEN-TA-TIVE!
WHAT WE SHOULD BE LOOKING FOR...
Dermatologist suggest using patches based on the ingredient benefits and not the promise of an overnight cure. Some ingredients include:
Hyaluronic acid - Helps reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles retaining moisture to the skin, creating a plumping effect.
Cucumber - contains vitamin C and caffeic acid which helps reduce inflamed or irritated skin, and hydration thanks to its high water content.
Collagen - helps improve skin elasticity, reduce wrinkles, boost skin hydration, and increase the density of fibroblasts — cells in connective tissue that produce collagen.
Retinol - is a form of vitamin A that helps fight acne, reduce wrinkles, stimulate collagen, and promote cellular turnover. Also known for evening out skin tone and increasing blood flow to the skin.
Caffeine - constricts the blood vessels and helps reduce inflammation and puffiness. It also tightens and brightens the skin, reducing wrinkles.
*Please keep in mind that the skin around the eye is thinner and more sensitive than the rest of your face. So don't keep eye masks on longer than the instructions suggested time.
If you're all about the principle of a good pamper or need a quick fix go ahead and pick up a few patches. But if your skin care routine is already a mile long and you have no time for accouterments, eye masks are an easy pass. You're more than likely already getting the essentials with the products you're currently using. So final verdict: They're no miracle but they are helpful!
P.S. If you are looking for lasting results seek the help of a dermatologist or aesthetician for professional advice.