Due to the lack of oil glands around the eye area, our eyes tend to show signs of aging first. Oil glands keep our skin moist and hydrated, so we need to step up our eye game to avoid those pesky lines and crow’s feet. Nightly eye cream use is essential, but there’s even more we can do to treat this delicate area of the face. Weekly eye masks can help target different under-eye needs, from locking in moisture to de-puffing.
Puffy Eyes – Cucumber & Rose Mask
Rich in ascorbic acid and phytochemicals, cucumbers help tighten and soothe skin. But instead of placing cucumber slices over your closed eyelids, this blended mask will reach the inner and outer corners of the eyes.
- Half cucumber
- 1 ounce rose water
- Cotton rounds
Cut your cotton rounds into two half moon shapes. This mask should make quite a few pairs, so cut more than you think you’ll need.
In a blender, puree the cucumber and rose water until liquified. Transfer to a bowl, then soak the cotton rounds in the mixture, squeezing out excess and then re-soaking for optimal absorption. Store the extra soaked cotton rounds in a Ziploc bag in the freezer for future use.
Thaw the eye pads for about 10 minutes before you use them. To apply, place the half moon eye pad underneath the eye, making sure to apply close to the bottom lash line. Leave on for 10-15 minutes.
Wrinkle Fighting Eye Mask
You’ll find egg whites in many anti-wrinkle masks for the face, and the eye area is not an exception. Egg whites have been known to reduce the appearance of fine lines, while antioxidant rich Vitamin E fights free radicals.
- 2 egg whites separated from the yolk
- 1 capsule or 5 drops of Vitamin E
Beat the egg whites until they’re frothy and then mix in the Vitamin E. Apply the mixture with your fingertips or a makeup brush to the under-eye area, careful not ignore the outer edges of the eyes where expression and squint lines form. Leave on for 10 minutes.