You know when you're so tired that 17 layers of full-coverage concealer can't hide your dark circles? Or when your eyes are so puffy it feels like you're drawing eyeliner on a water balloon? Get ready to make those moments a thing of the past.
Enter: eye patches or eye masks. These genius inventions (which originated in Asia, of course) are pieces of fabric, gel or collagen specifically shaped for the under-eye area. They're saturated with active ingredients that do a variety of things -- from plumping up wrinkles to calming puffiness -- and all you have to do is walk around your house looking slightly ridiculous (but cute … like a panda) for 15 minutes. (In other words, they're completely Instagrammable.)
Sure, eye creams are great, but it takes a while to see results (we're talking 6-12 weeks depending on the formula). And you can slap cucumber slices on your eyes all you like, but forget about watching "Downton" while you do it. Eye treatment patches work quickly and do an amazing job prepping the skin for makeup -- although you won't need that full-coverage concealer anyway.
Using pressed algae instead of cotton (which often contains harmful pesticides) to make their eye patches, the organic, Northern California based company's eye patches are suitable for even the most sensitive skin types.
Like your own little at-home science experiment, take one of the six-patch sets, pour a vial of the Juice Beauty activator on top to soak, then place them under your eyes for 10 minutes. Cucumber, apple, grape and lemon fruit stem cells give an icy cooling effect (and a light citrus scent), while firming, reducing puffiness and fighting skin-aging free radicals.
You can stick these under your eyes on-the-go for smoother and brighter skin on your way to the office. The best part: Your makeup will remain completely undisturbed.
Heidi Klum reportedly uses collagen-based eye patches like these for a face that's always camera-ready … now if only we could find out the secret behind her supermodel body. These patches from Wilma Schumann come pre-packaged in skin-conditioning ingredients like rosa canina fruit oil and hyaluronic acid -- an of-the-moment ingredient that gently plumps and hydrates the skin.
The next best thing to actually getting eight hours of sleep, these patches tick off every box on even the pickiest of skin care user's checklist. Japanese-based skin care line that uses ingredients like Okinawa red algae and peony extract, which get the geisha seal of approval for giving skin a dewy and brightened appearance? Check. A uniquely hydrating and skin-perfecting coconut derived base? Check. Originally created to help heal burn victims, making them supereffective without causing irritation? Check.
StriVectin offers a simple, two-step eye patch and smoothing balm system that work in tandem to erase fine lines and wrinkles. Allow the ridged eye patches to sit on the skin for 15 minutes. Follow with their smoothing balm, specifically formulated to lock in the wrinkle-smoothing patches' anti-aging ingredients like hyaluronic acid.
The genius part about these patches is they're also designed to be used on frown and laugh lines on the forehead and lips, so you can target multiple areas at once.
DAWN DAVIS, HANNAH SAVIN |
OCT 10, 2016 | SHARES