Your eyes see a lot of action. Between squinting and smiling and crying and a thousand and one different expressions there’s a lot of movement going on. Combine that with loss of collagen due to aging and sun damage and you’re looking at eyes that look older than they need to—sometimes a lot older!
Your dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon can offer you options to remedy the situation, but there are also some amazing eye masks that smooth lines, lighten, brighten, de-puff, and help you look rested (even when you’re not).
- Give yourself a gentle pressure massage using your fingertips on the bones around your eyes to help stimulate circulation and reduce excess fluid.
- Place chilled cucumber slices over your eyelids for five minutes to constrict blood vessels and reduce swelling.
- Run cool water through tea bags and place over eyes. The temperature will help reduce puffiness and the caffeine will tighten.
- An old-school eye mask like Earth Therapeutics Soothing Beauty Mask ($6.99) is still effective. Chill this gel-based mask in the refrigerator and relax for 15 minutes. Blood vessels will constrict and give quick relief from strained, puffy eyes and even headaches.
Home remedies work fast, but the results can be short-lived, which is why we’re crazy about eye masks. They can actually help reverse the cumulative damage and have you bright-eyed in no time.
10 Amazing Eye Masks:
Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Instant Treatment Eye Mask ($63) addresses corner crinkling, under eye wrinkles, and crow’s feet. Pure Retinol Micro-Infusion Technology delivers ultra-small particles of retinol in an easily-absorbed formula. Apply under the eyes and leave on for 15 minutes before peeling off. Then gently pat in remaining essence for additional skin smoothing benefits.
SK-II Signs Eye Mask ($110) immediately revives the eye area and improves dullness, dryness, and firmness. The mask is soaked in ultra-hydrating moisturizers, an anti-aging vitamin complex, and skin-brightening pitera. Leave on for 10-15 minutes before gently patting in excess.
Glam Glow BRIGHTMUD Eye Treatment ($69) does it all in very little time. The powerful, active ingredients are designed to work in as little as 3 minutes to brighten and hydrate your eyes. Nitroffeine™, Juvelane™, and Peppermint Leaf™ absorb toxins, deliver nutrients and minerals, and minimize puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines. To use, tap-on and then wipe-off, leaving a micro layer of actives for extended results.
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Instant Eye Lift ($75) will dramatically transform your eyes thanks to its 2-step system insuring your product is as potent as possible upon application. Just combine the Stem Cellular Activator Fluid with antioxidant and nutrient-rich pure marine algae and apply for brighter, lifted, less lined, and de-puffed eyes.
BioBliss Micro-Current Anti-Wrinkle Patch Eye Treatment ($80) is proof-positive you can get a tech-advanced treatment in the privacy of your own home. This anti-wrinkle eye patch kit takes eye masks to a whole new level as a micro-current delivers hyaluronic acid, peptides, and anti-oxidants directly where you need it.
Exuviance Intensive Eye Treatment Pads ($45) keep you looking like your younger self. They’re formulated with concentrated lactobionic bcid (10%), which hydrates while it stimulates cell renewal and supports the dermal matrix, firming the skin, and diminishing fine lines.
Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches ($18) are rich in soothing cornflower and decongesting arnica to quickly and instantly reduce signs of fatigue and refresh the eyes. Use for 20 minutes once a day as a 7-day treatment for a long-term soothing, smoothing, anti-aging effect.
Dr. Hauschka Eye Revive ($32.95) is a quick fix for tired, red, irritated eyes. These compresses are loaded with soothing extracts of eyebright, anthyllis, chamomile, and black tea. Ideal for travel or any time your eyes need to refresh and reboot.
Wilma Schumann Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads ($18) are 100% pure collagen, super-hydrating gel pads that visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and puffiness.
Clairvoyant Beauty Cooling Cucumber Mask ($30) can be used all over the face, including the eye area. A blend of cooling cucumber and antioxidant-rich cranberry seed oil will soothe skin and reduce puffiness.