Sheet masks are a pampering staple, but not the most convenient option, especially during the morning sprint. We don’t know about you, but having to set aside half an hour to marinate our pillow-creased faces before putting makeup on is a luxury we cannot afford.
Under-eye patches prove a nifty solution. These crescent-shaped masks can be slapped on right after your morning shower, and kept there all the way until you’re done with your eye makeup. Cara Delevingne’s makeup artist, Romy Soleimani, swore these kept the actress from looking dull and exhausted during the promotional tour for Suicide Squad. She also had the patches double up as shadow shields to catch any eyeshadow fall out. If having under-eye patches on for 15 minutes in the morning is still too much, you can be assured that they work equally well at night, rejuvenating your eye area after a long day of squinting at documents and screens.
Whatever your preference, under-eye patches are a worthy inclusion in your skincare wardrobe. Here are some of the best ones to purchase.
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Sake doesn’t have to be enjoyed with a side of sushi. It’s a super-ingredient for skincare as well. Rice wine is rich in enzymes that gently exfoliate your under-eye area to reduce fine lines without stripping your skin of moisture. Sake also has kojic acid, an antioxidant that reduces melanin production in the area to reduce dark eye circles.
These desert rose flower-infused gel patches are a soothing saviour for mornings where you wake up looking like a bee stung your eye bags overnight. Use them for 10 minutes, and you’ll see an instant difference.
Tarte’s hypoallergenic gel patches restore and hydrate your under-eye areas, and are an in-flight skincare favourite for many beauty bloggers. The gellified algae and coconut oil-infused serum imparts deep hydration, soothing any dry flakes, patchiness or fine lines.
Japanese skincare brand, Three, focuses on using naturally-derived ingredients. Ninety-eight percent of this mask is made with an essence of botanical and fruit extracts, such as apple water and thyme, that help to keep your skin taut. This mask also can be purposed for use around the contours of your face where you need a good lift, such as the cheekbones, or your temples.
Price NA, Tangs Plaza Level 4.
Estée Lauder’s popular Advanced Night Repair Serum now comes in handy eye masks to make you look more youthful. Its targeted anti-ageing serum is infused with coffee seed extract to make you look more awake, and contains yeast — an active ingredient rich in the powerful antioxidant, beta glucan, which helps diminish wrinkles.
S$12.50, Estée Lauder.
Leaders Insolution is a dermatologist-backed Korean brand that uses minimal ingredients to deliver maximum results. Its eye patches are designed to calm the eye area, especially if you’re prone to redness, and to increase skin elasticity. Its main ingredients are hydrolyzed collagen to plumpen, and snail mucus, which is a popular anti-inflammatory agent.
Anyone who desires the milky, almost translucent luminosity that many Korean celebrities have, should use this Laniege eye mask. Its formula is potent enough to reduce hyperpigmentation as it locks in your skin’s moisture levels, ensuring that your under-eye area remains plump, smooth and youthful-looking throughout the day.