They say the eyes are the windows to someone’s soul, but we say the eyes are the windows to someone’s lifestyle. For those who get inadequate sleep or spend long hours straining their eyes looking at electronic devices, chances are, you’ll notice signs like dark eye circles and dehydrated skin before fine lines and wrinkles start to creep in.
Simply put, you’ll look tired and perhaps even older than you actually are. Plus, who could resist one or two (or three or four) glasses of champagne, eggnog and cocktails this festive season? Add elevated alcohol consumption into the mix and you get puffiness around the eyes as well since your body scrambles to retain water wherever it can.
To reduce puffiness, always remember to drink one unit of water for every unit of alcohol you’re having. It’s only when you replenish your body’s hydration that you can minimise water retention and any signs of puffiness. And while there are concealers that will do the trick in hiding dark eye circles, they can't reduce the look of puffiness, which makes your eyes look smaller, more swollen and more tired.
Here, the best eye masks that will energise and brighten your eye area to hide the signs of late nights:
Shiseido Vital-perfection Wrinklelift Mask, $115 for six pairs
Thanks to its unique delivery system, these eye masks deliver retinol deep into skin layers to stimulate cellular renewal effectively and gently. In just 15 minutes, the delicate eye area is infused with moisture for plump and supple skin that’s perfect for makeup application. Over time, wrinkles and dark spots are minimised while skin’s resilience and elasticity is improved.
Tarte Pack Your Bags 911 Undereye Rescue Patches, $32 for 4 x two pairs
Made with a flexible gel material, your skin receives a surge in hydration upon application for a smoother appearance. Each eye patch is also infused with a proprietary antioxidant complex that protects the eye area from environmental damage to stave off premature ageing. Its heat-activated technology also ensures that the coconut oil-infused serum effectively penetrates the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and dullness.
Chantecaille Gold Energizing Eye Recovery Mask, $350 for eight pairs
There’s perhaps nothing quite as soothing as this rosewater-based eye mask. Formulated with botanicals, seaweed and plankton extract, this energising product banishes dark eye circles and fine lines for revitalised eye contours. It also features gold and silk-infused serum that strengthens the delicate skin around the eyes, while peptides help to plump and firm the skin.
FOREO Shimmer Freak Illuminating Eye Perfector Caffeine-Infused UFO Activated Mask, $30 for six
When used with FOREO’s UFO device, this caffeine-rich mask decongests the eye area to alleviate puffiness. Moreover, it also contains light-reflecting particles that instantly brighten dark circles for a well-rested appearance.
Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks, $38 for six pairs
Made of three distinct layers, these eye masks not only guarantee immediate and long-term benefits, they are also easy to apply and comfortable to wear. Its first gold foil layer prevents the mask from drying out, so your skin drinks up all its goodness. The middle layer is elastic to adhere as closely to your skin as possible so it doesn’t slip or slide. And lastly, the layer that comes in contact with the skin is made of cellulose fibre for optimum product penetration. Thanks to a cocktail of hyaluronic acid, aloe extract and lavender oil, cools and plumps the eye area in just 20 minutes.
For Beloved One Crystal Radiant Bio-Cellulose Eye Mask, $48 for four pairs
Did you know that the skin around our eyes can be up to six times thinner than the skin on the other parts of our faces? No wonder it is more delicate and more prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Give them extra TLC with this nutrient-packed bio-cellulose eye mask. Not only does your skin absorb all of its goodness, the eye masks are also saturated with Reverskin, a powerful ingredient that combats fine lines and dark circles instantly and over time.
Leaders Insolution Hydrogel Eye Therapy Patch, $17 for five pairs
Packed with high-performance ingredients like adenosine, hydrolysed collagen, peptides and vitamin C, this multi-action eye mask hydrates, plumps, firms and brightens the eye contours instantly so you look like you had a full eight hours’ sleep. A host of botanical extracts that are rich in antioxidants also help fend off free radical damage so your skin is more resilient against external sources of damage.
Erno Laszlo Multi-Task Eye Serum Mask, $76 for six pairs
Perfect for those with irritation-prone skin, this eye mask not only hydrates and brightens but also soothes and doesn’t irritate any skin type, no matter how sensitive. Amino acids, glycerin and algae extract replenishes parched skin with moisture so fine lines and wrinkles are softened. Vitamin B3 is also used to combat discolouration as it regulates cellular renewal. A blend of plant-based ingredients also help to improve circulation to reduce dark circles while strengthening skin’s defence against environmental assaults.
Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-tox Hydra-gel Eye Patches, $93 for 30 pairs
Ideal for those with puffy and tired eyes, these cooling eye patches from Peter Thomas Roth are your best bet. Upon application, the cooling sensation instantly refreshes your senses, decongests the eye contour area and reduces puffiness. Aloe, chamomile and allatoin calms irritation; hyaluronic acid, glycerin and hydrolysed collagen plumps the skin while arnica and caffeine improves microcirculation to diminish the appearance of dark circles.
111Skin Celestial Black Diamond Eye Mask, $150 for eight pairs
Expect nothing less than cutting edge technology with powerful ingredients when it comes to 111Skin’s most luxurious range. Infused with AMF, retinol, vitamins and peptides, each hydrogel eye mask adheres seamlessly onto the eye contours, saturating skin with these potent actives. Plus, the formula also features black diamond particles for optimum product penetration. Leave them on for 15-20 minutes for brighter, plumper skin.
patchology Flashpatch Rejuvenating Eye Gels, $68 for 30 pairs
Enter the fast fix for tired eyes, featuring Caffeine and Hydrolyzed Collagen. FlashPatch Rejuvenating Eye Gels are more effective than topical creams or serums. Patchology's patch technology accelerates the delivery of essential ingredients and the hydrogels stay put--so you get the ingredients where you need them most. Cooling. Smoothing. Refreshing. Your undereye bags will get a lot brighter by the next morning.