photography by PHUONG NGUYEN
It’s Tuesday, but it feels like Monday. You’re mourning the loss of summer and summer Fridays, and it’s all weighing down on you—especially on your eyes. They're shouting about your weekend full of sugary cocktails, salty snacks, and sunshine.
But fear not: You can hide away your sins in merely five minutes—thanks to an eye mask. Requiring less commitment than an entire, full-face sheet mask, an eye mask can take away any hints of tiredness, puffiness, and trademark dry spots in less than half the time.
I personally like to use an eye mask on needed mornings after icing my face (read about that here). I throw on a mask with de-puffing and brightening ingredients, lie down, and put on a five-minute Calm meditation. I’m practically anew afterward—hydrated and glowing, relaxed and meditated.
Alicia Yoon, esthetician and founder-CEO of Peach & Lily, agrees: "Eye masks help deliver targeted hydration to the delicate undereye area in a very fast and transformative way. Skin around the eyes is the thinnest skin on the body, and often shows signs of aging—like lines, wrinkles, and puffiness—first. Eye patches can help intensely moisturize the skin so lines look plumped up. I love sticking my favorite Shangpree eye gels in the fridge so they cool the skin and help deflate any puffiness. When I fly, I actually double mask and apply eye gels under my sheet mask to really amp up the moisture, as planes can have notoriously dry air."
Here, we rounded up five of our very favorite eye masks that'll disguise all that ails you.
photography by Patchology
Patchology Eye Revive FlashPatch 5 Minute Hydrogels, $50 for 30 pairs
This mask is perfect for waking up tired eyes in the morning. “Caffeine in the hydrogels helps boost micro-circulation to de-puff and brighten the undereye area, while the hydrolyzed collagen improves elasticity and brings hydration to the skin,” says Patchology’s Carina de Lemos.
photography by Shangpree
Shangpree Gold Black Pearl Hydrogel Eye Mask, $60 for 30 pairs
This hydrogel mask has a concentrated black pearl and gold essence to rejuvenate and brighten dark circles. It also has an epic cult following—and for good reason.
photography by Joanna Vargas
Joanna Vargas Bright Eye Firming Mask, $60 for 5 pairs
This mask is a mini miracle worker. It's packed with special ingredients like hydrating algae extract and Matrixyl 3000, and is known for its ability to repair and boost collagen production. It's all you need for rested, youthful eyes.
photography by Talika
Talika Eye Decompress Soothing Eye Mask, $25 for 6
The brand new US-launched Eye Decompress is packaged in two separate chambers to maximize product efficacy—one side contains the treatment liquid, while the other has a dry, folded-up sheet mask rolled into a neat little ball. Press the liquid capsule firmly and it’ll seep into the sheet mask capsule, infusing the mask.
There's also a QR code on the box that you can scan, which will take you to an exclusive relaxation podcast by yoga professor Arnaud Caby. Relax through the 10-minute meditation and breathing exercises while the eye mask rehydrates, smoothes, and significantly reduces both puffiness and dark circles.
photography by Chantecaille
Chantecaille Gold Energizing Eye Recovery Mask, $195 for 8 pairs
Cue up Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic because you’re about to have “24-karat magic in the air” with (yep), this 24-karat gold serum-infused mask. It contains powerful components that re-plump and moisturize the skin, leaving the eye area smooth, radiant, and de-puffed.