July 9th 2018
From concealer to colour corrector, we all have our go-to ways of dealing with dark circles - but what about eye bags and puffiness? That’s where a pair of re-energising under-eye masks or a leave-on eye gel comes in.
Designed to smooth, rehydrate and refresh, they’ve become a valuable asset in our fatigue-fighting artilleries for instantly disguising the signs of a night spent tossing and turning - an SOS treatment of sorts for re-awakening tired eyes.
Great used the morning after or the evening before as a beauty sleep booster, these are our tried and tested favourites.
If your under-eyes are showing the signs of both tiredness and dehydration, this refreshing cream-gel 10-minute treatment’s for you. Like the other products in the brand’s Hydra-Essentiel range, its formula centres around the Madagascan-derived leaf of life, whose leaves boast an impressive ability to hold onto water despite the extreme temperatures it grows in. Dark circle-tackling horse chestnut escin and soothing Irish moss extract complete its fatigue-fighting line-up of eye-opening ingredients.
Ideal after a heavy night out, these hangover-disguising eye masks help hide a multitude of working night sins. Akin to a strong coffee, each comes drenched in the brand’s signature eye-brightening complex (containing pure Icelandic glacial waters, arctic berries and oxygen), as well as fine line-fighting hexapeptide and de-puffing ginkgo biloba. Breathing new life into tired eyes, it’s well worth carrying a pair in your handbags at all times - you never know when you might need it.
The instant de-puffing and lifting capabilities of these patches is pretty remarkable. Plus, because they’re see-through and mould perfectly to skin, they won’t scare your housemates/family half to death when you’ve got them on. Enriched with EGF, a type of naturally occurring protein, they help to encourage the production of fibroblasts and therefore collagen in the skin to lead to improvements in both firmness and smoothness the more and more you use them.
If eyes are suffering from the effects of UV damage as well as fatigue, try these fine line-busting larger sheets on for size. Containing micro-encapsulated retinol alongside other wrinkle-preventing ingredients such as chlorella extract and hyaluronic acid, they provide both short and longer-term results - improvements to hydration and smoothness can be seen after just a couple of uses.
This is well worth having in your hand luggage if plane-travel causes your eyes to puff up like balloons. Effective on eye bags and fine lines alike, its list of circulation and softness-boosting botanicals such as arnica and glycerine help skin better deal with transitioning between time zones, while free radical-fighting vitamin E acetate and ginkgo biloba help to strengthen skin’s defences against daily land-based aggressors too.
Incredibly hydrating, these refreshing eye masks are best put to use before applying makeup to create a smooth canvas for your concealer. Formulated with moisture-boosting plankton extract and hyaluronic acid and antioxidant-rich chlorella, it leaves stressed out fragile under-eye areas instantly soothed.
Containing high concentrations of actives and cooling agents, this ‘Mask of Zorro’ style eye mask is perfect for slipping on after work thanks to its tiredness-sapping combination of algae extract, chamomile, softening hydrolyzed silk protein and collagen-boosting matrixyl. A go-to of our Editor, Victoria Woodhall’s, for an instant refresh, it comes as welcome relief for strained eyes that are tired of looking at a screen all day.
Containing nano gold particles to help boost cellular repair and protect delicate under-eye skin from free radical damage, these twice-a-week treatments provide a quick and concentrated burst of hydration for sleep-deprived SOS moments. Also containing vitamin-rich crispus extract from Irish moss seaweed, collagen and hyaluronic acid, they leave under-eyes brighter, tighter and smoother.
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