- Top 15 Under-eye Masks
The precious skin around the orbital area is constantly under a siege of stress, whether it’s one too many late nights or the glaring blue haze of your multiple gadgets, and it can really show on such delicate skin in the form of wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness and more.
Enough is enough! It’s about time you gave this delicate area the attention it deserves with a nourishing and lightweight under-eye mask.
What are under-eye masks and how do they work?
Eye masks come in little half-moon patches that you pop underneath your eyes. They're intended to work like a sheet mask, infused with skin-loving serums that are locked into your skin by the patch's surface. The idea, like sheet masks, is that the ingredients are absorbed more readily into the skin this way, plus they give you the same convenience; there's no clean up like with a regular mask and you can just dab the leftover serum in after removing.
They give you a bit of versatility with your selfcare too, since you can pop them on while you’re busy around the house or take some time for yourself and relax with a pair on while soaking in the tub.
As under-eye masks have risen in popularity, there are now ones designed especially for any concern you can think of. Many will do double and triple duty too, addressing multiple concerns in one powerful little patch. To save you time (and reduce your blue light exposure from long hours of research), we’ve hunted for the best under-eye masks of 2022 and rounded them up for you to peruse.
Best Eye Masks for Brightening Dark Circles
First on the list are these 10-minute eye patches from PIXI, enriched with vitamin C, liquorice and ginseng for reviving dark circles and infusing your skin with hydration. The juicy little patches come with a handy scoop to easily pluck them out of the tub, and they're paraben-free and cruelty-free to boot.
Treat yourself to this luxury mask to diminish the appearance of dark circles after one too many red wines. It’s rich in hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and collagen which help nourish and hydrate the delicate skin. Not to mention, this under-eye mask is suitable for cruelty-free beauty routine as it has a vegan-friendly formula.
If you're a fan of Grace & Stella's cult-favourite gold eye masks, get your hands on these pink ones. This 24-set firm up your under-eye with a blend of antioxidant-rich seaweed that shields you from blue light exposure, glycerin for hydration and horse chestnut for stimulating blood circulation and banishing dark circles.
These dazzling gold masks claim to be 'an energy drink for your eyes', treating dark circles as well as fine lines with their energising eye serum-soaked formula.
Best Eye Masks for Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Plump up your under-eye to fill out wrinkles with this cooling mask from ELEMIS. It's formulated with hydrating hyaluronic acid, anti-oxidant and amino acid-rich watermelon snow algae and revitalising padina pavonica ferment. Yes, this is a rare one that isn't in patch format, but the little bit of clean-up is worth the revitalising effects.
In just 10 minutes once or twice a week, these anti-ageing patches help smooth away your fine lines and improve hydration with a blend of hyaluronic acid and pro-collagen marine extracts. If the footprint of your beauty routine is a concern, don't worry - Thalgo sustainably farms the algae used in their formulas and is constantly working to reduce their ecological footprint and protect the ocean environment.
Since your eyes show the first signs of ageing in the form of fine lines and crow's feet, it makes sense to use an eye mask enriched with the gold-standard of anti-ageing ingredients: retinol. These masks, fabricated from no-slip bio-cellulose to keep them firmly on your face, contain Murad's renowned Retinol Tri-Active Technology, which delivers both fast-acting and delayed-release retinols into your under-eye area. You'll also benefit from firming blue agave and brightening passionfruit.
Your under-eye area will thank you for the milky prebiotic serum in these ultra-hydrating masks, which helps strengthen the skin barrier for soothed and firmed-up skin. The mask's mesh double-linings also help preserve the ingredients (which also include hyaluronic acid and cameline and almond oils) until they're able to sink into your skin and reduce fine lines, redness and dryness.
Best Under-eye Patches for Depuffing
Save time and money with this multi-action mask, which treats tons of different issues at once. It swiftly soothes tired, puffy and irritated skin with its gel texture and detoxifying green tea. That's great all on its own, but there's also hyaluronic acid, cucumber extract and collagen for plumping skin and minimising fine lines.
These gorgeous masks target all the common under-eye woes (depuffing as well as wrinkles and dark circles), thanks to their botanical blend of rose of Jericho, marshmallow, butcher's bloom and butterfly ginger. The non-slip masks rejuvenate and brighten your skin while also soothing puffiness and deflecting blue light (all in just 15 minutes!).
Another brilliant multi-tasker, these eye masks from STARSKIN use a revolutionary serum of bio-cellulose, adenosine, liquorice root extract, coconut juice, allantoin and chamomile (whew, that was a mouthful) to reduce puffiness and fine lines and dark circles. As your under-eye skin becomes more hydrated and less irritated, you'll start to see beautifully refreshed results.
Love a good pun? So does Anatomicals, but they also love great results, which you'll see with these kit for slaying under-eye puffiness. Complete with eye patches, a gel mask and a serum, you've got all the weapons you need to defeat the beasts beneath your eyes!
The rose gold colour of these masks might be super luxe, but they're definitely more than just a pretty face. They'll give you a pretty face, though, thanks to their potent blend of caffeine and fruit extracts for improving puffiness, fine lines and dry skin. Cucumber, chamomile and green tea also soothe and nourish this delicate area.
So, which ones take your fancy? Whichever you choose, we recommend treating yourself to the ultimate pamper session. We’re talking the whole works like scented candles, bubble bath and sleep sprays – you deserve it.
Written by Rebecca Jenkinson
Rebecca is a content writer with over three years’ experience and a keen interest in cosmetics. Cosmetify allows her to combine her blogging skills with her passion for beauty.
Written by Gabriella Buckner
Gabriella is a junior content writer with a background in creative writing, content marketing and journalism. She’s passionate about all things makeup and skincare, but especially vegan and cruelty-free beauty that is effective and inexpensive.