There are countless treatments for the eyes as well as the face: gels, creams, serums, patches, and masks. Face packs, with consistent use, can have lasting effects. But what about masks for the eye area?
The under-eye area is a source of stress for many people. Fine lines, sagging skin, puffiness, dark circles ... There’s a laundry list of concerns that can crop up in that particular area, and you may find yourself looking to the beauty industry for solutions.
There are countless treatments for the eyes as well as the face: gels, creams, serums, patches, and masks. Face packs, with consistent use, can have lasting effects. But what about masks for the eye area? Will they yield noticeable, long-term results?
The unfortunate answers here are a timid 'Yes?' and a much more solid 'No.' However, there’s still that hint of a yes, so don’t be too disappointed just yet! There's good news to come, but first, we have to discuss why making significant changes to the eye area with beauty products alone is difficult.
How Under-Eye Skin Differs From the Rest of the Face
The skin around the eye area is incredibly delicate. As the skin all over your body ages, it begins to lose its natural collagen and elastin, two substances that give the skin its plump appearance and ability to snap back when moved.
The eyes in particular take a serious hit, as the skin there is thin to begin with. Restoring the area is incredibly difficult.
The Benefits of Under-Eye Masks
Unfortunately, a one-time eye mask is incapable of creating any lasting result. However, all hope isn’t lost. Certain products, such as Clarins Skin-Smoothing Eye Mask and Thalgo Hyaluronic Eye-Patch Masks, can address lines, puffiness and darkness in their early stages or that appear temporarily after a rough patch.
These products are not quick or permanent fixes though. Such masks give you a smoother, brighter, less puffy under-eye, but it’s more of a 'use it or lose it' type of effect. Only continued treatment will maintain visible results for persistent complaints.
When it comes to established lines, wrinkles, or puffiness related to illness, medication, or fat pads, an eye mask is not going to make much of an impact. In such cases, a mask mostly feels good and can bring you peace of mind. The moisture boost may also help your makeup go on more smoothly for better concealing.
The Bottom Line for the Under-Eye
To truly correct very deep-set issues, you’ll need to see a dermatologist or aesthetician about cosmetic procedures. We help with what we can, but we don’t want to give you hopes we can’t fully stand behind.
However, there are loads of great eye products on the market—not just masks. For longer-lasting results, take a look at our selection of eye creams and see what works best for you.
Need some assistance in your choice? Peruse the rest of our Beauty IQ and Ultimate Guides for guidance from our team of beauty aficionados!