Refresh and revitalise with this summer’s must-have cooling under eye patches

Beat the heat and rejuvenate tired eyes with these moisture-rich masks.


by Natalie Knowles |
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Say goodbye to cakey creases, the best under eye patches keep delicate skin hydrated and smooth. Used as part of your skincare routine, eye patches have several benefits, including providing a better base for makeup on mature skin.

More effective than a slice of cucumber or tea bag, under eye patches are cooling and can be used as part of a relaxing self-care routine. Rest and unwind as active ingredients get to work, reducing puffiness, reducing dark circles, firming and tightening tired skin. Just like a good under eye cream, eye patches contain anti-ageing plant extracts and collagen that smooths fine lines and wrinkles.

Best under eye patches at glance

Best eye patches for high-end beauty treatment

Contours Rx

Best overall under eye patches

Pixi Dream-y Eye

Best eye patches for popularity

Grace & Stella Under Eye Patches

Best full eye area patches

PEACE OUT SKINCARE Retinol Eye Lift Patches

As well as losing elasticity with age, dark circles under the eyes can also become more apparent. Skin gets thinner, therefore the under eye area can look dull. Choosing an under eye patch that's infused with hyaluronic acid helps to hydrate skin, as well as soothing like a cooling eye mask. Whilst it is a temporary uplift, eye patches are a more effective intense treatment compared to using an eye cream. Use them before a social occasion and you're bound get compliments about your bright eyes.

There are an overwhelming number of reviews on Youtube and TikTok to introduce you to the benefits of under eye patches. Plus, we've compiled a roundup of the best products, recommended by influencers and tried and tested by us. Along with the best anti-ageing eye cream, be sure to make under eye patches a part of your skin care routine.

Best under eye patches


Best eye patches for high-end beauty treatment

Price: $34.95

We tried and tested two Contours Rx eye beauty products. Firstly, the Contours Rx Microcrystal Microcrystal Under Eye Patches (£45) are individually packaged microcrystal patches that come in a pack of four. The patches contain hexapeptides to reduce wrinkles and stimulate collagen production. Also, they're infused with hydraluronic acid to hydrate and plump skin. The crystals on each patch permeate skin to deliver active ingredients to the dermis layer. Simply peel off the white backing paper and stick the patch to the area of your face that you want to treat. It's recommended to cleanse the area of skin that you are treating, and apply a patch before you go to bed.

Our tester said: "Having been devotee of microdermabrasion, but now unable to afford this cosmetic treatment, I was delighted to discover these microcrystal patches. They remind me of the face mask that is applied after microdermabrasion treatment. It's rich in hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrates skin.

"For my first go, I applied a patch under each eye and left them for two hours. The skin under my eyes was definitely smoother and fine lines were slightly reduced. The patches can also be applied overnight and they comfortable enough to sleep in. You can wear them under glasses too. The patches are transparent so they're not overly noticeable. They adhere well to your face, and stay on even in the bath.

"I tried a second pair for a longer period of time and I'm really impressed with its effectiveness. It's an eye opener! I'm very pleased to have discovered an affordable alternative to visiting the beautician."

If you're watching your pennies or a trip to the beauty parlour is not an option, Contours Rx non-invasive anti-ageing treatments are a fantastic alternative. The Contours Rx Lids by Design Eyelid Lift Strips give an instant eyelift. The only thing our tester found was they are quite tricky to apply, until you get the knack of it. But certainly impressive results and the transparent strips firmly stay in place.


  • Smooths and hydrates skin
  • Alternative to visiting a beautician
  • A non-invasive way to achieve an eyelift


  • Eye lid lift strips are tricky to apply
Ingredients:(under eye patches) Sodium hyaluronate, Acetyl hexapeptide-8, Aqua

Best overall under eye patches

Pixi Dream-y Eye hydrogel patches contain jasmine flower to nourish and brighten, vitamin A to smooth the delicate skin under the eye and lavender to calm and soothe tired eyes. Simply, use the spatula to lift and apply the patch to a clean, dry under-eye area. Leave on for 10 minutes, discard, and gently massage in the remaining serum.

Customers praise these under eye patches for smoothing their skin and refreshing their eyes. Some wear them at night to wake up to bright eyes. For added refreshment, you can use them chilled, straight from the fridge.


  • Replenishes moisture and hydrates under eye skin
  • Infused with botanicals and vitamins to smooth, soothe and rejuvenate skin
  • Eyes look rested and refreshed
  • Cooling and restorative, especially when used straight from the fridge


  • Do test on skin first, before applying to the eye area, in case of an allergic reaction
Quantity:30 pairs, 60 patches
Ingredients:Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Calcium Chloride, Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob) Gum, Xanthan Gum, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Caffeine, Chondrus Crispus Powder, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Retinol, Ceramide NP, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cellulose Gum, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Phytate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288)

Best eye patches for popularity

Grace & Stella Under Eye PatchesGrace & Stella
Price: $25.95

Rejuvenate your self-care with Grace & Stella Under Eye Patches. These popular eye masks are dubbed "an energy drink for your eyes" and they're endorsed by celebrities, such as Jessica Alba. Choose from gold, pink and blue patches, in 24, 48 or 72-pair packs. Grace & Stella eye masks are moisturising and have anti-inflammatory properties to soothe puffy and tired eyes. The serum that the eye masks are infused with contains hyaluronic acid, plus horse chestnut to boost skin's resilience. Also, there is fructose to moisturise and glycerin to smooth fine lines and plump skin. Reviews praise them for being immediately cooling and adhering well, so you can carry on with your day.

This Amazon's Choice recommended brand has over 20,650 reviews rating their products 4.2 out of 5.
Customers were impressed that these eye patches noticeably improved their under eye skin. Soothing and smoothing, the masks are cool and refresh tired eyes.

24 pairs with an RRP of £17.50 works out at around 73p per pair. Look out for when they're on offer.


  • Popular as recommended by Amazon, celebrities and influencers
  • Reduce dark circles and fine lines
  • Depuff tired eyes and feel refreshed


  • Highly packaged in plastic, each pair is individually wrapped
Quantity:24 pairs
Ingredients:aqua, glycerin, chondrus crispus powder, 1,2-hexanediol, xanthan gum, hydroxyacetophenone, propylene glycol, sodium hyaluronate, allantoin, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, fructose, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, aesculus hippocastanum extract, palmitoyl tripeptide-5, potassium sorbate, citric acid, ci 16255

Best full eye area patches

Brighten eyes with PEACE OUT SKINCARE Retinol Eye Lift Patches. These full eye area biocellulose patches are easy to apply and target the under-eye area, crow's feet and upper eyelid. They're quite unique in that they treat 360° around the eye area. The patches are slow release and contain retinol to soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, these eyelift patches contain peptide complex and triple hyaluronic acid to firm and hydrate skin.

Customers praise the patches as comfortable to wear and say they contour well around the eye area. They have a lovely jelly-like texture that feels good on skin. It's advised to use the patches twice a week for 15 minutes. Eyes will look lifted, with reviews saying it's especially effective on crow's feet.


  • Rejuvenate tired looking eyes
  • Encapsulated retinol softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Can be used on sensitive skin
  • Hydrates and firms skin around the entire eye area


  • Only five pairs in a pack
Quantity:5 pairs
Ingredients:Water (Aqua/Eau), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Cellulose Acetate Butyrate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Tricaprylin, Retinol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Silica Silylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Silica, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Magnesium Stearate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Copper Tripeptide-1, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Oligopeptide-32, Oligopeptide-29, Tocopherol, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4

Best luxury eye patches

Augustinus Bader The Eye PatchesAugustinus Bader

Feel thoroughly refreshed and banish tired eyes with Augustinus Bader The Eye Patches. These energising hydrogel eye patches are part of a luxury skincare range, that's backed by 30 years of research and innovation. The patches are infused with Professor Bader's unique TFC8® (Trigger Factor Complex) blend of natural amino acids, high-grade vitamins and peptides.

The individually packaged under eye patches are infused with serum that's potent and adaptive, targeting individual skin imperfections. Acetylated hyaluronic acid and niacinamide intensely hydrate and plump the under eye area. In a clinical trial, after one application, 85 per cent of users said their eye area looked lifted and skin felt tighter and firmer.

Reviews say the eye patches are thin – like a gold second skin – so you don't feel them. Simply apply to clean, dry skin and leave for 20 minutes. For best results, use two or three times a week. Skin will look smoother, plus eyes will appear brighter and more energised.

Augustinus Bader The Eye Patches are a clean and vegan product, without potential irritants or synthetic fragrance. Additionally, the patches are biodegradable and the packaging is plant-based, sustainable and recyclable.


  • Very effective in softening fine lines, hydrating and reducing dark circles
  • Noticeable results in just 20 minutes
  • A clean product that can be used on all skin types
  • Reviews comment on them being lighter and thinner than other patches


  • Just one pair in the pack, yet requires regular use (6 pack is available)
Quantity:1 pair (or 6 pack)
Ingredients:Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Chondrus Crispus Powder, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Niacinamide, Panthenol, CI 77491 (Iron Oxide), Agar, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Calcium Lactate, Glucose, Potassium Chloride, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Phytate, Chlorphenesin, Rhizobian Gum, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Tin Oxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Phosphatidylcholine, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Alanyl Glutamine, Arginine, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Squalane, Brassica Alba Seed Extract, Ceramide NP, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Oligopeptide-177, Phenylalanine, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Chloride

Best vegan eye patches

uklash Hydra-Gel Eye Patchesuklash

Soothe and depuff with uklash Hydra-Gel Eye Patches. This pot of 60 patches can be used daily, or whenever your eyes are in need of rejuvenation. The patches are infused with a gentle hydrating serum. It contains ceramides to lock in moisture, caffeine to reduce puffiness and hyaluronic acid to soothe skin. The formula also contains marshmallow root extract, liquorice and aloe vera and vegan collagen that's planet-friendly and suitable for all skin types. Store in the fridge for an extra cooling effect. Leave on skin for 10-15 minutes, discard after use and rub the remaining serum into skin.

Customers praise these eye patches for being soothing and hydrating. The patches smell pleasant and skin feels noticeably tighter as the serum dries.


  • Praised in reviews for reenergising and hydrate eyes
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Vegan and cruelty-free


  • A customer comments that they wish the pot was more travel-friendly
Quantity:60 patches, 30 pairs
Ingredients:Water, Glycerin,Butylene Glycol, Carrageenan,Glucomannan, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Gellan Gum, Hexylene Glycol, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Betaine, Ethyl Hexanediol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Propanediol, Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob) Gum, Calcium Chloride, Chlorphenesin, Hydroxyacetophenone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Xylitylglucoside, Sucrose, Anhydroxylitol, Allantoin,Disodium EDTA, Caprylhydroxamic Acid,Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cellulose Gum, Xylitol, Norbornanediamine/Resorcinol Diglycidyl Ether Crosspolymer, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Sodium Hyaluronate, Arginine, Caffeine, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Titanium Dioxide, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract,Glyceryl Caprylate,Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Lecithin,Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract,Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract,Sophora Flavescens Root Extract,Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Extract,Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate,Aluminum Hydroxide, Mica, CI 42090, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Ceramide NP, Tocopheryl Acetate, Copper Gluconate, Maltodextrin, Hydrolyzed Extensin, CI 77491, Tin Oxide

Best fast-acting eye patches

Panda eyes are a no-no thanks to Patchology Serve Chilled Rosé Eye Gels. They're infused with hyaluronic acid, grape-derived resveratrol to calm inflammation and strawberry extract to soften and protect skin from environmental stressors. These fruity gels are best served chilled and are ultra refreshing used straight from the fridge. Leave in place for 10 minutes and see notable results, (not rose-tinted glasses) as the anti-oxidant rich ingredients helps to soothe irritation and hydrate skin. When you remove the patches, massage the remaining serum into skin. Chill the patches in the fridge for an extra cooling sensation.

Reviews praise the way they feel on skin, genuinely hydrating the under eye area. They adhere well, and don't come unstuck while you're talking. Also, the patches are refreshing and smoothing with a pleasant fragrance.

Choose these Rosé Eye Gels for relaxing and refreshing tired eyes, rather than smoothing wrinkles, as reviews comment the anti-ageing effects are minimal.


  • Fast-acting fix for tired eyes
  • Pack format is ideal for travelling
  • Feels soothing and refreshing


  • Some reviews comment that there are minimal anti-aging benefits
Quantity:1 pair (or 15 pairs)
Ingredients:Water (Aqua/Eau), Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob) Gum, Chondrus Crispus Powder, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Cellulose Gum, Allantoin, Fragaria Chiloensis (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Gardenia Florida Extract, Potassium Chloride, Betaine, Hyaluronic Acid, Resveratrol, Algin, Sucrose, Sodium Polyacrylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysorbate 20, Butylene Glycol, Dextrin, Maltodextrin, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene

Best anti-ageing eye patches

Skin Republic Collagen Eye PatchesSkin Republic

Firm and tighten the under eye area with Skin Republic Collagen Eye Patches. These are a collagen hydrogel under eye patch that works to reduce wrinkles in 30 minutes. Tested by dermatologists, the patches target the five signs of ageing eyes: reducing fine lines and wrinkles, loss of elasticity, puffiness, dark circles and dryness. Even after one application, wrinkles are reduced by 12 percent.

The formula contains collagen, green tea, aloe vera and vitamins A and E. It gives a cooling sensation and moisturises skin. On the whole, customers love these Skin Republic eye patches. Even after a bad night's sleep, bags under the eyes are reduced and skin is smooth and hydrated. Some reviews have mixed opinions on the patches' usability and effectiveness, but the positive vastly outweigh the negative. Plus, at around £5 for a pack of six, it's superb value for money.


  • Intensive 30 minute treatment clinically proven to reduce wrinkles by 13 per cent
  • Reduces under eye puffiness, dark circles and the appearance of fine lines
  • Biodegradable mask that's kinder to the planet than silicone alternatives


  • Some customers have mixed opinions about the effectiveness
Quantity:3 pack
Ingredients:Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Polyacrylic Acid, Cellulose Gum, Kaolin, Octyldodecanol, Butylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Acacia Concinna Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Aluminum Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tartaric Acid, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Tocopherol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Hydroxycitronellal, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Parfum/Fragrance

Best jelly eye patches

Nip+Fab Hyaluronic Fix Extreme4 Hydration Jelly Eye PatchesNip+Fab
Price: $24.95

Minimise dark circles and replenish moisture with Nip+Fab Hyaluronic Fix Extreme4 Hydration Jelly Eye Patches. The patches have a cool gel effect that brings down puffiness and refreshes eyes. The pot of 20 pairs comes with tweezers so you can remove the individual eye masks without touching them. The masks are infused with a serum that's a formulation of four super moisturising, hydrating and protective ingredients, including hyaluronic acid.

Online reviews comment that the patches adhere well to skin, so you can get on with your day without worrying they'll fall off. The majority of customers say that the patches are cooling, hydrating and makes their skin feel more supple. But, a few felt that they didn't see much of an anti-ageing difference after using them. In short, these jelly masks are great for giving hot, tired eyes a refreshing treat – which we all need from time-to-time.


  • Fragrance free jelly eye patches that feel cooling and hydrating
  • Concentrated formulation of hydrating ingredients to plump and moisturise skin
  • Environmentally, it's a better choice than individually wrapped eye patches


  • Minimal anti-ageing effect
Quantity:20 pairs
Ingredients:Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob) Gum, Soluble Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Diamond Powder, Polyglutamic Acid, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose Gum, Allantoin, Potassium Chloride, Sucrose, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Benzophenone-5, Disodium EDTA, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Glyceryl Caprylate, [+/-] Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Yellow 5 (CI 19140)

Best budget eye mask

Garnier Moisture Bomb Coconut Water Eye MaskGarnier

Looking for an alternative to under eye patches? With a sheet mask, lie down relax and close your eyes for 15 minutes. You deserve it! Keep the delicate eye area hydrated and looking fresh with Garnier Moisture Bomb Coconut Water Eye Mask. Ideal for hot weather, keep this eye mask in the fridge for an ultra cooling effect that feels like -4°C. It contains hyaluronic acid and coconut water to soothe puffy eyes, plump skin and reduce fine lines. In addition, this sheet mask refreshes and hydrates skin.

Garnier is the UK's #No1 sheet mask brand and reviews are positive that this eye mask is gentle on sensitive skin. However, unlike eye patches, you have to sit back and close your eyes to use this product. Customers praise it for reducing the appearance of puffy eyes in just 15 minutes. The single packet keeps the eye sheet mask moist; it's a real treat on pampering nights. Whilst customers wholly praise the fragrance of the product, some may prefer a non-fragranced option.


  • Biodegradable sheet mask, so it's kinder to the planet
  • Dermatologically tested and vegan formula that's suitable for all skin types
  • Repairs and strengthens the delicate skin around eyes
  • Highly praised in reviews


  • Only one pair of sheet masks per pack
Quantity:1 mask
Ingredients:Aqua / Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, PVM/MA Copolymer, Potassium Hydroxide, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, P-Anisic Acid, Mannose, Cocos Nucifera Fruit Juice / Coconut Fruit Juice, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Hydroxyacetophenone, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol

Best under eye patches for night

Reduce puffiness overnight with Patchology FlashPatch Restoring Night Eye Gels. You don't actually need to wear the eye patches all night – just five minutes can make a difference. The product is based on the science that skin best repairs itself between 10pm and midnight. There are 30 patches in the container, plus a spoon to scoop the eye gels out. Each patch is a biodegradable hydrogel eye mask that's coated with serum.

These Patchology eye gels are infused with anti-ageing retinol and peptides. Additionally, cedrus atlantica bark reduces dark circles and arnica extract soothes tired eyes. Finally, squalane – which is an anti-inflammatory – softens, hydrates and protects skin from free radicals.

Reviews say that it's best to leave the eye gels on for 15-20 minutes. They feel very soothing and hydrating and cover a large area under the eyes. Some customers like to use three times a week as part of their anti-ageing skincare routine.


  • Customers praise them for hydrating skin
  • Packed with enriching ingredients to nourish, protect and restore skin
  • See results in as little as five minutes
  • Contains retinol to regenerate skin and peptides to plump fine lines


  • Some reviews comment that the ingredients reacted with their skin
Quantity:30 pairs
Ingredients:Water (aqua), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Extract, Squalane, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Pentapeptide-18, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (licorice) Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Adenosine, Scutellaria Baicalensis, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Aureobasidium Pullulans Ferment, Chrondrus Crispus Pwder, Acetyl glucosamine, Ricinus Communis (caster) Seed Oil, Polyglutamic Acid, Allantoin, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (guar) Gum, Calcium Chlroide, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Titanium Dioxide (ci 77891), Disodium Edta, Ultramarines, Fragrance (parfum)
Contours Rx eye patches tried and tested


Which ingredients in under eye patches are particularly beneficial for mature skin?

Some ingredients in under eye patches have a rejuvenating effect on mature skin. Look for these elements to achieve anti-aging benefits:

Hyluronic acid provides deep hydration; plumping skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Retinol, as a spokesperson from Carol Joy London explains, "is a great ingredient to look out for when it comes to eye masks. It can help to stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen, which in turn smooths fine lines and wrinkles. Retinol also increases cell turnover, helping to brighten your under-eye area."

Peptides firm and tighten the skin by promoting collagen production. It's also found in eyelash serums and works directly with the hair follicle to regrow thinning lashes.

Caffeine – surprisingly – can help depuff eyes, as Carol Joy London tells Yours: "When it comes to eye masks, caffeine is another hero ingredient to look out for. It aids with lymphatic drainage and microcirculation to reduce dark circles and prevent puffiness.”

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) improves elasticity and strengthens the skin barrier.

Collagen also enhances skin elasticity. Additionally, it reduces the appearance of fine lines.

Vitamin C helps brighten the under eye area and reduces dark circles.

Antioxidants (such as green tea extract or vitamin E) protect the skin from environmental stressors and improve skin texture.

Ceramides restore the skin barrier and help it to retain moisture.

Aloe vera and chamomile soothe irritated skin and are anti-inflammatory.

This article contains expert commentary from luxury skincare brand Carol Joy London.

Natalie Knowles is a Homes & Garden Product Writer for Yours, specialising in home appliances. When she's not testing sparkling water makers, she flexes her creative flair as an artist.

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