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A Quick History on Face Masks (Don’t Worry, It’s Interesting!)
Face masks have been a staple of the beauty industry for decades, consistently growing in popularity every year. Recently, increased interest in both K-beauty and “Get Ready With Me” posts on Instagram have caused sheet masks and under-eye gels to soar in popularity online. Seemingly, TikTok’s skincare community caused even more excitement about under-eye gels over the past year and a half.

It’s easy to see the appeal of an under-eye gel. It’s easy to apply, mess-free, low-maintenance, and can be applied to the under-eyes while you put on the rest of your makeup or clean your bedroom. And with Millennials and Gen-Z emphasizing the importance of caring for their skin and their mental health, eye-gels have become an easy way to add a bit of self-care into their lives. It’s the ultimate product for tired, overworked, and stressed-out people.

Do Under-Eye Gels Actually Work?
In short, under-eye gels can be effective, but the formulation of ingredients in the product can make a distinct difference in efficacy. Many eye mask kits are little more than a glorified moisturizer with an added aesthetic appeal, so it’s important to do some research into the product before buying.

In the case of under-eye gels, you get what you pay for. That’s not to say that you need to spend an exorbitant amount of money to get results, it just means that the $1 pack from the grocery store may not give you the results you want.

When determining which product to purchase, start by looking at the ingredients. Look for hydrating, performance-based ingredients. One cause of dark circles is dryness and dehydration. So having some kind of hydrating ingredients that moisturize and plump the skin will help minimize the appearance of puffiness, sallowness, or darkness.

Ingredients that “brighten” are also useful. Think of some of the serums you’ve seen that have “illuminating” or “brightening” effects. Those are good examples of products that have ingredients that help bring out your natural glow.

But beyond product formulation, there are some additional factors to consider, like the root cause of your under-eye bags.

What Are the Top 10 Causes Under-Eye Bags?
So, what is the cause of under-eye bags, and how do I actually get rid of them?

First and foremost, we need to address the fact that an eye gel cannot entirely eliminate under-eye bags and dark circles, but they can help.

As you likely know, your under-eye skin is delicate and prone to show signs of your age and lifestyle. Some of the things that affect your under-eye area include, but aren’t limited to:

Aging
Allergies
Dehydration
Diet
Heredity
Illness
Lack of sleep (and lack of quality sleep)
Poor makeup removal
Stress
Substance use (drugs, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, etc.)

As you likely noticed from the list above, some of those factors are controllable and some are not. Things like getting more sleep, drinking more water, and improving your diet can help in minimizing signs of under-eye puffiness and darkness. Plus, changing how you remove your makeup at night, so you aren’t pulling on your skin can make a difference.

On the other hand, things like aging, heredity, illness, and substance abuse aren’t so easily remedied. Genetically, you may be prone to puffiness, darkness, or even sallowness under your eyes.

If you’re looking to completely eliminate under-eye bags, there’s not a lot that can be done, aside from investing in a dermal filler, like BOTOX® or Juvederm®. Fillers are great if that’s something that you want to do for yourself, but by no means should you feel obligated to do that to eliminate a perceived “imperfection”. From our perspective, under-eye circles aren’t something to be ashamed of. It’s a part of life and it’s a part of who you are (and it’s a part of who we all are because let’s face it, we all have dark circles under our eyes). 

Why Babe Lash’s Brightening Under-Eye Gel Patches Work
Now, for the part you were waiting for: the official deep-dive of the Babe Lash Brightening Under-Eye Gel Patches. Naturally, we’re a big fan of this product, but we also know you will be, too. So, what makes Babe Lash’s under-eye gels stand out from other under-eye patches on the market?

Performance-Based Ingredients
If you follow us on social media, or if you frequently read our blogs, you know that we’re big on performance-based cosmetics, skinimalism, and caring for your face’s natural microbiome. Why? Because high-quality ingredients help you get real results, without disrupting your natural microbiome, and that matters when you’re buying a product. So, what performance ingredients are in the Brightening Under-Eye Gel Patches?

Niacinamide
Hydrating? Yes. Illuminating? Yes. Reduces the appearance of dullness? Yes!

The beauty industry loves niacinamide, and for good reason. Restoring the skin’s veneer and reducing the appearance of dullness, the Vitamin B-3 compound prevents moisture loss and skin dehydration. Plus, it reduces signs of inflammation.

This ingredient is often found in anti-aging products and can be used on its own in a serum formulation. Used on the eye gels, niacinamide provides hydration and nourishment for a longer period and in a stronger concentration than a serum or moisturizer alone can offer. Hello, under-eye hydration!

Quinoa
Although it’s most commonly used as a grain in your lunch or dinner, quinoa also has some beauty benefits. Quinoa is rich in Vitamin B, which is great for skin tissue, age spots, and other signs of aging.

Carrot Seed Extract
Carrot seed extract benefits the skin in many ways. It has natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
properties and is often used in anti-aging skincare and cosmetics.

Rice Extract
If you’ve been watching TikTok’s hair community lately, you’ve likely seen all of the hype about rinsing your hair with rice water. Women have been showing off their shiny locks and praising this easy DIY solution. Rice extract has a similar effect in skincare. This ingredient is full of Vitamin E, which calms and hydrates the skin, for a natural-looking skin glow.

Ginseng Extract
Ginseng is a beloved superfood. This root is full of important ingredients that nourish, hydrate and energize the skin. It helps with reducing the look of dullness and dryness. Many cosmetics use ginseng extract to treat hyperpigmentation.

Functionality
One of our favorite things about the Babe Lash Brightening Under-Eye Gel Patches is its functionality. If you’ve ever used a poorly made eye mask, you know how uncomfortable they can be. They either slide off your face, so you have to lay perfectly still the whole time, or they stick to the under-eye so tightly that they pull on your skin. But Babe Lash’s gels eliminate both of those issues.

This product is designed to cling comfortably to the delicate skin under your eye, allowing you to work, clean, relax, or even cook while wearing it; but it is gentle and flexible enough that it doesn’t pull at the skin and isn’t difficult to remove.

And with all of the high-quality ingredients in the under-eye gels, you get a comfortable, spa-like experience that prevents moisture loss & skin dehydration, restores your skin’s veneer, and diminishes the appearance of dullness.

For an added tip, we’ve heard that some of our customers like to pop the sheet of eye gels into the refrigerator for a few minutes before applying it to their skin. The cool temperature has a cold compress effect, which could help reduce the look of puffiness after a particularly tiring day!

Who Should Use Them?
The Brightening Under-Eye Gel Patches are great for any person of any age or background. They are designed to target the delicate under-eye skin, targeting crow’s feet and fine lines.

Before and After using our Brightening Under-eye Gel Patches

It’s perfect for those nights when you don’t get enough sleep (we’re looking at you, students, and busy parents). They also make for a great spot treatment when you’re traveling. You could add it to your skincare or self-care routine. Put on your eye gels after (or during - we’re not judging!) a tough Zoom call. Use it at night after you take off your makeup or put it on in the morning while you’re doing your hair or eating breakfast. It’s your face and it’s up to your preference. You do you!

But remember, an under-eye gel isn’t a cure, nor is it a long-term solution. But it can help, and it also is a nice indulgence in your skincare. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to treat yourself. You deserve it!

Also, we’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. There’s nothing wrong with having dark circles or puffiness under your eyes. It’s uniquely you and that’s a beautiful thing that should be celebrated. You don’t need to change a thing about yourself if you don’t want to. However, we understand that sometimes life takes a toll, and it’s nice to have a little cosmetic pick-me-up or a nice at-home skincare treatment that makes you feel your best.

Do you know someone who would like the Babe Lash Brightening Under-Eye Gel Patches? Send this article to them so they can learn more! Or, better yet, send a shipment of the gel patches right to them (and maybe one for yourself as well #TreatYoSelf!).

Shop our Brightening Under Eye Gel Patches HERE!

If you have any feedback or questions please contact us directly at info@babelash.com

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