How to De-Puff Your Eyes in 5 Minutes Flat

September 5, 2017

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.
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.