InStyle: The 10 Best Under-Eye Masks of 2023

InStyle: The 10 Best Under-Eye Masks of 2023

You can kiss tired under-eyes goodbye 

For as long as I can remember I’ve suffered from puffy under-eyes — no matter how much sleep I get or how much water I drink. As I’ve gotten older, dark circles have entered the mix, too. And while incorporating depuffing eye creams (and the occasional espresso shot) into my routine has helped, sometimes I need an immediate fix — and that’s where under-eye masks come in.

Under-eye masks are a smaller version of your normal sheet mask, except they’re geared to specifically treat the delicate eye area. They’re a great intro into the world of skincare, but because of that there are countless options available. That’s why I scoured the internet and tried out dozens of under-eye patches to see which ones can really make a difference.

Best for Nighttime

Patchology FlashPatch Restoring Night Eye Gels

What We Love: Retinol is the main ingredient in the formula.

Normally under-eye patches can be worn at any time, but these were specifically made to be worn at night due to the star ingredient: Retinol. The powerful active, which speeds up cellular turnover, works its magic to reduce fine lines on more mature skin while also minimizing the appearance of dark circles. Along with retinol, these impressive masks are also infused with peptides and arnica extract to reduce crow’s feet and inflammation, as well as de-puff. 

These patches only require about five minutes of wear to begin to see results. And though they have a gel texture, they stay in place (read: you won’t have to worry about them sliding down your face). If I had to pick one thing I didn’t like about this product, it’s the slightly sticky feeling it leaves. To remedy this, be sure to tap in the excess and follow up with an eye cream.

Key Ingredients: Retinol, Peptides, and Arnica extract | Benefits: Reduces fine lines and dark circles 

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