Eye Patches. A marketing ploy or an effective tool?

Eye Patches. A marketing ploy or an effective tool?

Hydrogel eye patches have long been in the Arsenal of modern women, how to use them correctly? And what result can we expect from them?

Someone believes in their superpowers to remove dark circles and puffiness, and someone responds that all this is complete nonsense and a waste of money. We understand what is true.

When it comes to the miracle capabilities of patches, it is important to understand the main thing-there are no miracles. If you look at things realistically, then a little puffiness, traces of fatigue, fine lines and dull skin will certainly decrease after using the right eye mask (and faster than after using the cream). In General, this is a good and convenient Express care.


Patches, like all trendy fabric masks and various care products, came to us from South Korea. Koreans are famous for their love of care cosmetics and are manufacturers and legislators of many trends in cosmetology. The name itself is taken from computer terminology, where a “patch” is called a quick correction of a defect. 

There are many varieties of patches — this fabric (the first ones appeared, they are less effective), and hydrogel (more firmly against the skin, ensuring quick penetration of active substances, easier to use), there are patches of hyaluronic acid (dried active substance dissolves on the skin surface and absorbed), patches-the patches (very tight fit on the skin, ideal for edema, provide good drainage) and patches with microneedles (for example, needles made of hyaluronic acid pierce the skin and dissolve in it while wearing the patch). The most common home care hydrogel patches.


What are patches?

As a rule, eye masks are classified according to their purpose and there are:

Moisturizing: quickly saturate tissues with moisture and a complex of vitamins. They are ideal for fine skin and visually smooth out the grid of wrinkles.

Smoothing: slow down the transmission of nerve impulses and slightly block facial expressions, acting like Botox. The composition may include collagen, colloidal gold, and hyaluronic acid.

Nourishing: these are more expensive patches with placenta, plant extracts, pearl powder, and retinol, which are aimed at complex skin improvement.

Regenerating and rejuvenating: trigger the mechanisms of natural skin rejuvenation and maintain an optimal balance of all components. The formula contains all the achievements of modern science: peptides, coenzyme, collagen, extracts of caviar, algae, and ginseng.

Draining: used to remove or reduce puffiness under the eyes. They should be kept on the face longer than others (ideally 20-30 minutes).


How to use them correctly

To achieve the maximum effect of hydrogel beauty pads, you must strictly follow the recommendations for applying the product to the skin. Here are some useful tips: 

how to use patches

  1. Thoroughly clean your face from cosmetics and use a refreshing tonic. 
  2. To improve blood supply, you can do a light facial massage.
  3.  Remove the gel patches according to the recommendations on the package. This can be done with a special spatula, which manufacturers often put in the packaging along with cosmetics.
  4.  If the goal is to get rid of puffiness and dark circles, apply patches with a wide side to the inner corner of the eye. To deal with “crow’s feet”, the wide part of the patch should be located closer to the outer corner.
  5.  To avoid getting the essence on the mucous membrane of the eye, it is recommended to make an indent from the cilia line by about 2-3 millimeters.
  6.  Leave the product on for 20-30 minutes, depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  7.  When the time has passed, carefully remove the patches from the inner corners to the outer corners. 
  8. The remainder of the product can be distributed on the skin with light patting movements.


ATTENTION!!! Look At the composition of patches!

The composition of the patches! Here, experts unanimously agree that you need to carefully study the composition of the tool in order to understand whether it will work effectively or not. It is not a fact that unfamiliar plant extracts or animal slime will relieve swelling and moisturize the skin. However, chemists and cosmetologists distinguish several components that should be part of high-quality patches:

  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Glycerin
  • Niacinamide
  • Caffeine
  • Allantoin
  • Hydroxyethyl urea
  • Panthenol and others

High-quality hydrogel patches completely dissolve in water. Its simple to check at home. Just take a glass of warm water and put patches in. Leave on a few hours. If there is silicone in the composition, then pieces of the patch will remain in the water. 

DO not wear patches for more than 30 minutes, as it may have the opposite effect.

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