Your Guide To Under-Eye Gel Patches: When, How, and Why To Use Them

under eye patches when and how to use them

You may have seen your friends and family or even your favorite influencer using under-eye gel patches and wondered, do those skin stickers even work?  

Or are they just another skincare fad?

We’re here to fill you in – under-eye gel patches are here to stay, so you might as well learn about the amazing benefits they provide. The benefits are endless – from de-puffing to wrinkle prevention, and even offering intense hydration, we swear by eye gels here on this corner of the internet. 

We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to understand exactly what all the hype is about. 

Understanding Under-Eye Gel Patches and Their Benefits

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What Are Under-Eye Gel Patches?

Originally from South Korea, under-eye patches are similar to face masks except they’re designed to fit underneath the eye. Sometimes they’re made out of cloth like sheet face masks, and other times they’re made of hydrogel or cellulose – all great for refreshing the under-eye.

Under-eye patches contain essences or serums with concentrated vitamins, minerals, and many other beneficial ingredients that can treat virtually any under-eye concern.

The Benefits of Using Eye Gel Patches 

According to Healthline, your under-eye skin “is thinner and more delicate than on other parts of the body”, which makes it harder to retain moisture and makes your under-eye “more susceptible to drying out”.

Dryness is a concern for many – and like all other under-eye concerns, it’s not gender specific. Under-eye patches can create a more youthful, refreshed, and hydrated appearance for all. 

Common Skin Concerns and How Eye Gels Can Help 

Here are some of the main under-eye skin concerns that under-eye gel patches can fight: 

  • Dark circles
  • Puffiness
  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Dehydration

Eye gels can help reverse all of these under-eye concerns by reducing dark circles, de-puffing under-eye bags, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and providing deep hydration directly to the affected area. Depending on what kind of eye gels you choose and what ingredients it has will determine the primary focus of treatment. 

When To Use Under-Eye Gels

Under-eye gel patches are awesome because they can be used anywhere, even when you’re on the go.

There are so many convenient times to use under-eye patches, such as: 

… the opportunities are endless! 

We’ve asked you on our social media where you like wearing your under-eye patches, and some of you even love wearing your under-eye patches in the kiddo drop-off or pick-up line! 

Patchology Eye Gels: Meet Your New BFFs

Depending on your specific under-eye concern, a gel patch exists out there for you! Here are some of our favorites you need in your collection ASAP. 

  1. Rejuvenating with De-Puffing Under Eye Gels with Caffeine & Collagen
  2. Restoring Night Anti-Aging Under Eye Gels with Retinol
  3. Serve Chilled Rosé Hydrating Under Eye Gels with Resveratrol

FlashPatch Rejuvenating & De-Puffing Under Eye Gels with Caffeine & Collagen

close up detail of rejuvenating eye gels to brighten and reduce wrinkles

    If you’re struggling with dry skin, puffy eyes, fine lines, and wrinkles, collagen gel eye patches are the perfect fix for tired eyes.

    Faster than most topical eye creams or serums, our Patch technology accelerates the delivery of essential ingredients Caffeine and Hydrolyzed Collagen to your under-eye area.

    The Hydrogel patches are safe for sensitive skin and can even be used overnight – they’ll stay put!  Give a whole new meaning to I-woke-up-like-this ;).

    Ingredient Spotlight: 

    • Caffeine: Improves micro-circulation for brighter tone and reduced puffiness - learn more about caffeine isn skincare here
    • Sodium Hyaluronate: naturally binds moisture to the skin
    • Centella Asiatica: encourages collagen production while inhibiting skin inflammation
    • Hydrolyzed Collagen: Improves skin hydration, elasticity, tone, and density
    • Portulaca Oleracea Extract: brightens the under eye. Rich in vitamin C and essential omega-3 fatty acids.

    FlashPatch Restoring Night Anti-Aging Under Eye Gels with Retinol

      woman wearing restoring night patchology eye gels with retinol and peptides

      These under-eye gels are perfect for all anti-aging concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet, and even dark circles. Designed for nighttime use, put your fine lines and wrinkles to bed and soothe tired eyes to sleep with the Restoring Night Anti-Aging Under Eye Gels. 

      Did you know the hours between 10 PM and 12 AM are the best time to repair skin? These night patches provide a powerful nightly dose of anti-aging Retinol, Peptides, and Arnica Extract to reduce the appearance of dark circles and restore a brighter, more youthful appearance. 

      If you’re a side sleeper or move around a lot in your sleep, don’t worry! These eye gels won’t budge. If you don’t want to sleep with them on, you can wear them for 5 minutes before bed instead. 

      Ingredient Spotlight 

      Retinol: Helps accelerate cell turnover, leading to more radiant skin

      Squalane: Naturally hydrates, softens, and protects from free radicals

      Peptides: reduce fine lines and crow's feet

      Serve Chilled Rosé Hydrating Under Eye Gels with Resveratrol

        rose eye gels patches

        You may have heard of the Serve Chilled Rosé Hydrating Under Eye Gels because they’re an Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner. These award-winning eye gels are infused with strawberry extract and resveratrol (the same antioxidant found in red wine). 

        They’re designed to smooth, brighten, and hydrate the skin while the light fragrance of rosé melts away the stress of a long day. 

        These eye gels are sold in single packs, 5-packs, 15 pairs, and 30 pairs. 

        Ingredient Spotlight

        Strawberry Extract: A rich source of Vitamin C and folic acid, helps protect the skin from free radicals while also softening the skin

        Resveratrol: A natural antioxidant found in grapes that helps protect the skin and calm inflammation

        Hyaluronic acid: A megadose of hydration to help improve elasticity

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        When and How To Incorporate Eye Gels into Your Skin Routine

        Great, glad we’ve established how amazing eye gels can be for your skin routine.


        How do you use eye gels? 
        At what step in your skincare routine are eye gels most effective? 

        How To Use Under-Eye Gels

        Using under-eye gels is a simple and straightforward process. Follow these steps to effectively incorporate them into your skincare routine:

        1. Start with Clean Skin: Before applying under-eye gels, make sure your face is clean and free from any makeup or skincare products. Most people like using eye gels directly after their morning or nightly skincare routine. However, they can also be used on a makeup-free face in the middle of the day while traveling, for example. 
        2. Open the Packaging: Carefully open the packaging of the under-eye gels – it’s important to be gentle so you don't damage or tear the patches.
        3. Apply the Patches: Take a pair of under-eye gel patches and place one gel patch under each eye. Start from the inner corner and gently press it onto the skin, working your way to the outer corner. Repeat the process for the other eye.
        4. Relax and Leave Them On: Once you have the gel patches on, leave them on for the recommended time, which can be anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes. While you wait, you can kick your feet up, relax, take a bubble bath, or even pour a glass of your favorite drink.
        5. Remove: Once time is up, gently remove the gel patches from your under-eye area. Be careful not to pull or tug on your skin. Dispose of the used patches.
        6. Pat in the Remaining Serum: Last but certainly not least, resist the urge to wipe or wash off any leftover serum – this is the good stuff! Gently pat the remaining serum into your skin and avoid rubbing the under-eye area.
        Follow with Your Skincare Routine: After using the under-eye gels, you can either let it rock, or continue with the rest of your skincare or makeup routine. Apply your regular eye cream or moisturizer to bring even more hydration and nourishment to the skin.

          Pro-Tip: When patting skincare into the undereye, use your ring finger – this is your weakest finger so it gives you the most delicate touch. This will stop you from being too rough with such a delicate area and stop premature wrinkles.

          This is just a general guide for eye gels – each pack will have its own instructions and recommended use time. Be sure to read the instructions on whichever eye gels you choose in order to maximize its benefits.

          When To Use Eye Gels In Your Skincare Routine

          Now let's talk about the perfect time to incorporate eye gels into your skincare routine. 

          Midway through Your Skincare Ritual: A very common time to use eye gels is halfway through your skincare routine. Cleanse your skin, pat it dry, apply your toner, and then your eye gels. 

          Make sure to do it before you apply your serum and moisturizer! This way, the gels can work their magic, providing intense hydration and rejuvenation to your under-eye area.

          Recommendation: If this is your jam, we recommend using the Rejuvenating eye gels to reduce dry skin, puffy eyes, fine lines, and wrinkles.

          Before makeup: Want your makeup to look flawless and crease-free? Enter eye gels! Before you start applying your makeup, give your under-eye area some love by using eye gels. 

          You can even apply the eye patches below the eye while you work on your eyebrows and eyeshadow before applying any primers or foundation! This creates the smoothest, wrinkle-free canvas for your concealer and prevents creasing.

          Recommendation: For the best under-eye makeup prep, use the Illuminating eye gels. The Vitamin C and green tea extract will promote microcirculation to lighten the appearance of dark under-eyes.

          Special Occasions or Important Events: Got a fancy soirée, a date night, or a big presentation coming up? Eye gels can be your secret weapon! Use them a couple of hours before the big event to combat puffiness, brighten your under-eye area, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark circles. You'll walk in with a refreshed and revitalized look, radiating confidence.

          Recommendation: What better way to pregame your night than with the scent of rosé? Our Rosé eye gels will kick tired, dry, creased under eyes to the curb with antioxidants and strawberry extract. 

          Self-Care and Relaxation Time: It's time to kick back, relax, and show some self-love. Grab your favorite book, put on soothing music, and get ready for a rejuvenating session. 

          Apply your eye gels, close your eyes, and let the coolness transport you to a state of tranquility. It's the perfect way to unwind while giving your under-eye area some much-needed pampering.

          Recommendation: Transform into your calmest, most relaxed self with Chill Mode eye gels and let the Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil and natural Tea Leaves calm your stressed skin.

          How Often Should You Use Eye Gels?

          Listen – your eye gel usage is personal. If you’re an every day-er, that’s great. If you like to use them on the weekends or for the occasional indulgence, that’s okay too! Depending on your skin concerns, the product, your age, and your specific needs, some eye gels should be used more or less frequently than others. Since they’re all different, be sure to follow the instructions provided by each specific eye gel to achieve the best results. 

          Not so sure? Find your perfect routine in our eye patch quiz. Just answer a few questions and we'll find your ideal eye gels.

          Embrace the Power of Under-Eye Gels

          woman wearing on ice eye gels patches firming and hydrating

          In the quest for bright and youthful under-eyes, it's time to embrace the power of eye gels! These little wonders go beyond a reactive approach allowing you to be proactive in your skincare routine and prevent puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines from taking over. 

          Don’t be shy! Now it's your turn to explore the wide range of eye gels and find the perfect match for your under-eye concerns. 

          As you dive into the world of under-eye gels, remember that self-care is not just about skincare—it's a holistic experience. Pair your eye gel application with meditation, yoga, or a relaxing bubble bath. Let the soothing effects of the gels complement your self-care rituals, creating a serene and revitalizing moment for your mind and body.

          It's all about giving your under-eye area the care it deserves. Say goodbye to tired-looking eyes and hello to a refreshed and rejuvenated look!

          Still can’t decide which eye gels to pick up? Take our quiz to find the perfect eye gels for your skin concerns!