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Eye Creams vs Under-Eye Masks, Which Is More Effective?

Let's see who comes out on top in this battle for eyecare superiority!
Updated: November 9, 2022
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With so many eye products on the market today, it can sometimes be a bit of a struggle to work out what you actually need. From creams, scrubs, and gels to masks, there’s almost too much choice! Today we’ll be comparing two of the most popular eye-care items to determine which is more suited to your needs. Eye creams vs. Under-Eye masks, which is more effective?

Here’s the deal with eye creams

There are countless times during the week when the skin around your eyes may feel tired, look baggy, or just generally not be in the best shape. This is especially true if you lead a busy life and are always on the move, have a long commute, and work long hours. There needs to be a helping hand, and eye cream may be just that. Having a lighter consistency and texture than a serum, eye creams are softer, more refreshing products that you casually rub into your skin that provide almost instant relief. The cooling sensation of an eye cream quickly soothes stressed areas of your skin and injects healthy vitamins and anti-oxidants to finish the treatment off nicely. Eye cream helps to minimize visual signs of aging such as lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet.

Here’s the deal with under-eye masks

Under-eye masks are basically just smaller face masks. They have the same application process and the same levels of satisfaction when you get to slowly peel them off. As the name suggests, you rub the creamy product on your under-eye area and leave it to set for 10-15 minutes. You’ll feel it tighten and harden and when it’s completely dry you’ll know it is ready. During this time the mask is allowing your skin to absorb all the vitamins and nutrients contained within, which will help to rejuvenate your skin. Once the appropriate period has passed you can go ahead and remove the masks and see the no doubt wonderful results underneath.

Here are the differences

The differences between eye creams and under-eye masks stem primarily from how they are applied and their longevity. Eye cream is a very versatile product that can adapt to any situation. You can use it at home, on the go, at the office, in the restaurant bathroom etc. It takes 2 minutes to put on and is fast acting. With under-eye masks, you need to make more time for them to be effective. If you’re in a busy work environment you can’t easily jump aside to spend 20 minutes giving a spa treatment to your eyes. You’ll need to be at home and be able to give them time to work their magic. It depends on individual preferences, but if you usually opt for longer, more relaxed skincare routines, under-eye masks are for you, whereas if you need to constantly be moving you would most likely go for the cream.

Which one is better?

In terms of their effect, the products are more or less the same. They both aim to hydrate and moisturize your skin and give it the boost it needs to shake off tiredness and puffiness. Eye cream works quickly but may not last as long, which is why you can apply it multiple times a day. Under-eye masks take longer to work but last a lot longer, so you don’t need to apply them more than once a day.

To finish

Like with many skincare products the deciding factor usually comes down to the individual and how they live their life. Here you have a contrast between a more flexible product and one that requires more of a time investment. They both do excellent jobs in their own way, and neither is “better” than the other.

We recommend trying both to see how well they fit into your routine.

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