Ria has been an online beauty writer for several years. Here are her best tips about gel eye masks.
The Gel Eye Mask
Perusing 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, which I suffer from, so naturally, I was intrigued. The gel mask cost $8, so, being on a budget, I decided to research the product to see if I needed one in my beauty regimen. In this article I discuss:
- What an Eye Mask Is
- How to Choose an Eye Mask
- Hot Eye Mask Use
- Cold Eye Mask Use
- Adding a Gel Mask to Your Beauty Regime
- How to Make Your Own Gel Eye Mask
- Other Uses for Eye Masks
What Is an Eye Mask?
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 its beauty benefits, it also has a few therapeutic benefits, such as relaxation. The gel eye mask is a skincare product that's popular amongst models and beauty experts.
How to Choose an Eye Mask
Different eye masks are useful for different things, and some eye masks can do it all! A quick heads up, though; if you're at all concerned you may have an infection around your eyes, talk to your doctor before using an eye mask, hot or cold. Hot eye masks in particular can spread an infection from one eye to another if not properly sterilized.
Cold treatments are more well-known because they are typically used for cosmetic reasons. For example, as previously mentioned, cold treatments relieve puffy eyes and dark circles beneath the eyes, which is the number one reason people turn to gel masks. Both cold masks and hot compresses can relieve your sinuses. If you have a sinus headache, a 20-minute nap with the gel mask over your eyes can do a remarkable job relieving pain. The following video outlines when to use a hot or cold compress in general, not just when using an eye mask.
Cold Eye Mask Use
Cooling masks are meant for decreasing swelling in the eye region. Redness and "puffiness" are symptoms of water retention which can be dispersed with the use of a cooling gel mask. Heavy computer users and individuals who suffer from the occasional hangover might experience puffy eyes.
What it is: A cooling gel mask is often composed of gel in a plastic or cotton casing.
When to use it: According to Yoga Journal, cooling eye masks are one of the best ways to quickly relieve pain in the eye region.
How to use it: Put your gel mask in the fridge or freezer for the recommended amount of time (see manufacturer's instructions).
Hot Eye Mask Use
According to WedMD, hot eye compresses or masks are great for relieving pain associated with dry, itchy eyes. Hot compresses can add moisture to the eye area by relaxing the muscles and opening up cells in the eye area, allowing moisture on the compress to permeate the cells.
What it is: A hot eye mask is a heat bag and often contain non-toxic, and occasionally aromatherapeutic remedies.
When to use it: If your eyes feel itchy, painful, or dry, a hot compress eye mask is for you.
How to use it: Follow the manufacturers instructions! A safe bet is microwaving your compress to the desired temperature (but be careful not to scald yourself).
Adding an Eye Mask to Your Beauty Regimen
I didn't impulsively buy the eye mask—instead, I took some time to research more about the product, and I'm glad I did. For me, it's not an important item. However, if you have spare change and you're interested in its benefits, then I highly recommend purchasing a gel mask. They don't cost much, and they last a long time. Remember, the three areas they target most are:
- aiding in sleep;
- beauty-reduction of puffy, swollen, dark eyes; and
- sinus relief.
If you want to correct one or all of the above ailments, an eye mask is a way to go.
20-Minute Nap Relief
A gel mask is perfect for a 20-minute nap in the middle of the day. If you're used to waking up with swollen eyes, you'll especially want to try this. 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. 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 light from your eyes during your nap, which allows you to sleep easier if sun pours into your room mid-day.
How to Make Your Own Gel Eye Mask
There are a number of excellent gel eye mask products on the market. The beauty of this simple tool is that, with a little time and effort, you can make your own!
How to Make a Cold Gel Eye Mask
This cold gel eye mask is from livesimply.me and is meant to decrease swelling under the eyes. Check out the video above!
Looking for an all-over cooling facial gel? Try this amazing cucumber face mask to decrease redness and inflammation!
How to Make a Hot Compress Eye Mask
Making a hot gel mask is a touch tricky, but according to WebMD, making a warm eye compress is as simple as using a few items in your bathroom and kitchen.
- Fill a bowl with warm water and place a clean washcloth in it so the cloth is completely soaked with water.
- Ring out the washcloth.
- Place the washcloth over the eyes and relax!
Other Uses for Gel Eye Masks
- Gel eye masks are an excellent tool for decreasing swelling after medically induced face trauma. According to Yontar and Tatar (2016), cooling gel masks were used for cryotherapy to manage conditions like edema, pain, and ecchymosis in patients.
- Though not as effective as a specific compress, gel eye masks and compresses can also be used to soother body parts other than the eyes. Use the cooling or warming agent on a sore arm or leg, too!
Marr, Kristin. Homemade Cooling Eye Masks (For Puffy Eyes). Live Simply. Retrieved from https://livesimply.me/homemade-cooling-eye-masks-for-puffy-eyes/
Yontar, Y., & Tatar, S. (2016). Cooling gel eye mask: Low-cost and efficacious alternative for postoperative comfort of the rhinoplasty patients. Journal of Experimental & Clinical Medicine, 33 (4). Chicago.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Cornhuskers on August 04, 2018:
You were drunk and loud in your super market beauty section?!? I think you mean perusing not carousing.
Spark on April 07, 2018:
Every night, i put the gel eye mask on our refrigerator and use it when im sleeping. But then, this morning i wake up with a blurry eyes. Is that natural?
Armaani Singh on December 26, 2017:
I have started using Gubb World USA eye gel mask which works great over my puffy eyes.
Sonia on March 23, 2017:
Great article! I'm definitely going to get one of these.
Jamie on March 09, 2017:
They sell these at Dollar Tree.
Ivy on February 07, 2017:
I got mine from Walmart for about $5!! I love it sooo much!
Tiyanna on July 24, 2015:
There are some that are much cheaper
Ac.firstname.lastname@example.org on May 15, 2015:
its the best hot or cold it totally works