The Gel Eye Mask
Carousing the beauty section of my supermarket, I came across an eye mask filled with liquid blue gel. I was told that gel eye masks can reduce dark circles beneath the eyes, so naturally I was intrigued. It came up to nearly $8, so being on a budget I decided to research the product to see if I needed one in my beauty regimen.
For those who don’t know, the gel eye mask is an eye mask filled with a soothing gel that’s designed to reduce puffy eyes and dark circles. The name is fairly self explanatory. Among it’s beauty benefits, it also has a few therapeutic benefits, such as relaxation to aid in sleep. The gel eye mask is a skin care product that’s popular among models and beauty experts.
Hot or Cold?
Th gel mask can be used as a hot and cold treatment. The cold treatment is more popular, as it targets more desired areas. For example, cold treatments relieve puffy eyes and dark circles beneath the eyes, the number one reason people turn to gel masks. When cold, it also relieves sinuses during allergy season. If you have a sinus headache, a 20 minute nap with the gel mask over your eyes does a remarkable job of relieving pain.
When used hot, gel masks can help relieve the redness and swelling after you wax your eyebrows. They’re also good for congestion relief. Although both hot and cold gel masks are used to aid in sleep (due to the darkness), hot gel masks create a more soothing touch for a good night’s rest.
For a cold treatment, you can stick the gel mask in a freezer for roughly two hours until cool. For warmth, certain gel masks can be placed in a microwave. Always read the instructions before use. Not all gel masks are microwave-safe, although most are.
20 Minute Nap Relief
A gel mask is perfect for a 20 minute nap in the middle of the day. Power naps have been proven to be extremely beneficial in reinvigorating the mind. When you add a cold (or hot) gel pack over your eyes, you’ll awake from a nap as bright as you feel. Often times, many people wake up to swollen eyes. This isn’t the case when using a gel pack. The cold/heat only lasts about 20 minutes, which is why they make a perfect addition to a mid-day nap.
They also help to keep out any light in your room, which creates the best environment if sun pours into your room in the middle of the day.
Gel Eye Mask: Ingredients, Benefits, and How to Use
Treating dark circles and puffiness around the eyes can be a challenge to treat, but one method that has proven beneficial for many people is a gel eye mask. These masks, which are usually filled with a cool-feeling blue or green gel, are designed to sooth tired, puffy eyes, as well as reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. You may have even considered the use of a gel eye mask as a part of your beauty and skin care routine but you were uncertain about its effectiveness. In truth, not all masks work the same, as your skin type is unique, so in order to get the best results, you should consider both a mask’s ingredients and your own skin type before making a purchase. Most gel eye mask products can be purchased at skin care retailers, department and drugstore beauty counters, and even at large supermarket health and beauty aisles worldwide.
What Does a Gel Eye Mask Treat?
While a gel eye mask is usually designed to treat a number of issues that range from tired, puffy eyes to headache to a means of cooling the face on hot days, they are most often used to treat issues involving the skin around the eyes. This skin is some of the thinnest and most delicate on the body and is prone to swelling and discoloration. These issues are caused by a number of reasons, but some of the most common are a lack of sleep, allergic reactions due to environmental factors, diet, and in the cases of discoloration, genetics.
A gel mask is designed to be cooled or heated and then secured over the eyes via an elastic band or cord. The ingredients inside the mask then reduce inflammation and discoloration. However, these effects are usually temporary and you should not expect a gel eye mask to alleviate them in the long term.
Gel Eye Mask Ingredients
While the ingredients of gel eye mask products vary, many of them are formulated with aloe vera, glycerin, purified water, and in some cases, essential oils that soothe inflammation.
If you’re considering the purchase of a gel eye mask, look for one that uses pure aloe vera and not one that is mixed with heavy oils, such as mineral oil. These oils are not thought to add much benefit to the gel eye mask, and if they should happen to leak out, they can clog pores and potentially cause acne breakouts.
If possible, purchase a gel eye mask without artificial dyes as well, as these can also irritate the skin if the mask leaks or works other than intended.
Gel Eye Mask Benefits
When used properly, a gel eye mask can reduce puffiness, dark circles around the eyes, and inflammation caused by allergens. A chilled gel eye mask can help to constrict the blood vessels in the skin under the eyes, which reduces the appearance of dark circles. Further, a cool gel eye mask can also soothe skin irritated by cosmetic products or the environment, making it appear healthier.
If you have never used a gel eye mask before, you should ask your dermatologist whether one will be beneficial for any eye issues that you’re trying to treat.
Gel Eye Mask Side Effects
While a gel eye mask is designed to be soothing, it is important to choose one with caution, as the material the mask is made of may irritate the skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. If you experience any redness, swelling, or a rash as a result of using a gel eye mask, do not apply a second mask until you have consulted with your dermatologist.