American media told me very early that eye cream was absolutely necessary for the skin under my eyes. Since I was in high school, eye cream has always had its place in my skincare regimen.
American media also told me very early that the skin under my eyes is very delicate and different than the skin on the rest of my face. Since college, I've learned to be more delicate with the way I treat the skin under my eyes. Now, as I've been exploring skin further, I understand why the skin is more delicate and different. While the skin on the face is already very thin, the skin under the eyes is the thinnest. Not only that, it is skin that already lacks collagen and elastin. As we blink daily and strain our eyes by focusing on a computer screen, the 22 muscles that help us do that put a lot of stress on the skin around the eyes. That's why skin around the eyes is very prone to wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness, and dullness.
I remember the first time I found out that there were masks for my under eyes. I thought that the masks were way too expensive, and I was appalled that the limited quantities meant that I had to keep spending money (kind of like a nose strip).
Now that I'm in my mid 20's, taking care of the skin under my eyes is very important to me. It is the first part of the facial skin to show obvious signs of aging, and lack of sleep wreaks havoc on this thin skin layer for me. If the thin skin layer is also dehydrated, it is prone to more problems. Making sure that the skin under my eyes is hydrated and well-rested helps me ditch concealer everyday.
Eye masks need to be in your skincare regimen if they already aren't! If you travel a lot, forget to put on eye cream at night, or need a pick-me-up for when you don't get enough rest, having eye masks around for a quick fix is really helpful. Also, it never hurts to add collagen under your eyes because the skin already lacks collagen, and moisturizing the thin skin layer is always beneficial!
While I own a super army of face masks, I also own a troop of eye masks. I use an eye mask after I use a face mask, and if you have been following me, you know that I face mask at least 5 days in the week. This doesn't mean that I skip eye cream; I supplement my eye cream with the eye masks. And I do that A LOT because I really care about my skin. :)
Today, I'd like to share with you the eye masks that I currently use and would personally repurchase.
1. TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL's Glam Rock Abracadabra Mask
So fun and stylish, I feel so mischievous when I wear this anti-wrinkle eye mask. There is also lace embedded in the mask! Perfect for when you feel a little more fancy, this is a gel mask that contains aureobasidium pullulans ferment (moisturizes around the eyes) and adenosine (adds elasticity to the skin).
I am still currently finishing up the stack of these Glam Rock masks that I hauled from South Korea. You'll be very happy to know that SOKOGLAM carries these awesome eye masks in the USA!
2. NATURE REPUBLIC's Aqua Collagen Solution Marine Hydrogel Eye Patch
Put back the collagen that your skin loses (or doesn't have in this case) with this effective eye patch! I featured this product in a previous post as a makeshift smile line mask, and I also do use it as an eye mask! Collagen is a protein that helps the skin to look younger and more plump. I like to think that it gives you that baby skin that you no longer remember! I use this eye mask on the regular because I think the price on it is reasonable and can be regularly purchased to help condition my under eye skin.
3. NATURE REPUBLIC's Snail Solution 10,000 Hydrogel Eye Patch
I love snail products. I love that snail mucin extract can perform a variety of great things for your skin. Of course, I would grab this eye patch to complement my current skincare routine that is 90% made of snail mucin extract! Snail extract has the ability to repair your skin, moisturize, and fight wrinkles at the same time!
You can purchase these eye patches in the new Nature Republic stores featured here, or you can purchase them online here if you do not have a store near you (unfortunately, the price via this link seems very pricey).
4. THEFACESHOP's Bright Eyes Modeling Gel Patch
This patch really clings onto your skin! I think that this patch does a really great job of delivering the product into your skin even while you work. When I have a blog post to do or when I want to watch a show, I like to use this one because it's easy to use. This patch helps to brighten the skin with broccoli extract, and it also fights wrinkles!
You can purchase this product in a local THEFACESHOP store, or you can purchase a bundle here.
It's absolutely necessary to care for the skin under your eyes because it is so delicate! I hope that you have a positive experience with eye masks, and I hope that I will be able to review more eye masks/patches to help you navigate this part of skincare further!
Toodles, and thanks for stopping by!