Un­der-eye masks: What are they and do they re­ally work?

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - BEAUTY BITES -

If you’ve been burn­ing the can­dle at both ends, chances are the ef­fects are be­gin­ning to show on your skin, es­pe­cially on the ul­tra-del­i­cate area around your eyes. The skin here is much thin­ner than it is ev­ery­where else and, be­cause it con­tains fewer oil glands, it is more sus­cep­ti­ble to ine lines, pufi­ness and dark cir­cles.

But, with such busy lives, get­ting eight hours sleep or the vis­it­ing a spa is out of the ques­tion, and, let’s face it, there’s only so much makeup can con­ceal.

The so­lu­tion? Un­der-eye masks which prom­ise to perk up your peep­ers. Un­der-eye masks typ­i­cally look like comma-shaped patches and are in­fused with light­weight but po­tent serums packed with in­no­va­tive in­gre­di­ents like retinol, hyaluronic acid and ce­ramides de­signed to plump your skin and bust dark cir­cles.

Ev­ery prod­uct’s ap­pli­ca­tion time varies and, while some can be popped on for 20-30 min­utes as you go about your busi­ness, oth­ers should be left on overnight. For an ex­tra cool­ing boost, pop yours in the fridge be­fore use. Pufi­ness, crow’s feet and dark cir­cles are just some of the traits that our eyes present when they’re feel­ing a lit­tle ne­glected and, while un­der­eye masks won’t work mir­a­cles, they will help to re­duce un­wanted traits. Us­ing an eye cream will do the job on a dayto-day ba­sis but an eye mask will pro­vide an in­stant boost of hy­dra­tion, sooth­ing in­gre­di­ents and have a cool­ing and anti-in­lam­ma­tory ef­fect on the skin sur­round­ing your peep­ers.

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