Best Under Eye Patches? Forbes thinks so...
The Best Under-Eye Patches To Combat Dark Circles, Fine Lines And Puffiness
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Tina Chadha Forbes Contributor
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Whether you’ve spent the day staring at a screen, just gotten off a red eye, indulged in too many glass of wine and french fries the night before or are just plain exhausted, the first place the effects show up is often around the eyes. “The skin around your eyes is five times thinner than the rest of the skin on your face,” says aesthetician Alexandra Accardo, founder of Alexandra Accardo Studio. “That’s why signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles, occur there first.” So naturally, you want to give this focal point the highest level of attention it deserves. To start, protect the delicate zone from the sun and allergens, and always apply an eye cream or serum with specialized ingredients targeting your skin’s needs. Then, step things up a notch with some of the best under-eye masks, which we’ve rounded up below.
Besides looking cute on Instagram for your #selfcare selfies, “under-eye patches deliver a high concentration of active ingredients directly to the skin,” says Dr. Brian Brazzo, an ophthalmic and facial plastic surgeon who specializes in the eye area. Because the mask acts like an occlusive dressing, a higher amount of the product is absorbed by the skin, he says. This means that it could make the desired outcome greater than anything applied from a jar or bottle. It’s why so many celebrities incorporate eye patches to their red carpet skincare regimes.
“It’s just a really easy solution that works,” says Peach & Lily founder and aesthetician Alicia Yoon. “And when it comes to skincare, that’s something you look for.” When shopping for your new beauty secret weapon, look for versions that contain key ingredients like hyaluronic acid (good at targeting fine lines) or caffeine (perfect for taking down puffiness and reducing dark circles). Retinol, which boosts the production of elastin and collagen, is a popular but controversial ingredient as it can irritate and dry the skin. It’s helpful to patch test the product for any potential side effects before applying. Ahead, we’ve polled experts and rounded up the best under-eye patches to minimize puffiness, wrinkles, dark circles—and leave you looking like you had a full night’s rest.
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