Eye patches: what effect to expect from them?24.05.2022
The skin around the eyes requires special care due to the lack of subcutaneous fat, collagen and elastin fibers. This area is most prone to dryness and wrinkles. Eye patches are a Korean invention created for effective spot care for the delicate area. The product is usually crescent shaped and is a base impregnated with active ingredients.
Eye patches remain on the skin for 10-15 minutes. This allows beneficial substances to evenly penetrate the skin. The balanced composition of the product helps to get an instant result: eliminate swelling and bruising, moisturize the skin and smooth out wrinkles.
What are the patches
- Hydrogel. Produced from a polymer based on seaweed extract. They fit snugly to the skin, which provides an additional lifting effect. Such products usually contain a high concentration of hyaluronic acid to intensely moisturize the skin.
- Fabric. Made from non-woven or cotton fabric. They dry out faster and are not as tight on the skin (compared to hydrogels). Plus fabric patches – a relatively low price.
- Collagen. They consist of natural collagen, which can be dissolved in water. It has a tightening effect and smoothes shallow wrinkles. Minus collagen patches: the result is noticeable only during the day.
- Patches with microneedles. They are pillows with small needles on the inside. Dozens of microscopic peaks penetrate into the deep layers of the skin, nourishing the cells with valuable components.
- Silicone. Disposable or reusable silicone patches that visually tighten the skin. The disadvantage of such a product is the lack of caring components and a short effect.
Eye patches create a kind of “greenhouse effect” on the skin (unlike a cream), which allows the beneficial ingredients to penetrate the skin as much as possible.
According to the principle of action, the patches can be compared with a fabric face mask. They simultaneously moisturize and smooth the skin, saturate it with useful substances. Depending on what result you want to get, the formula of the product is enriched with active care components.
To eliminate swelling, manufacturers add extracts of horse chestnut, ginkgo biloba or tea to patches.
Since the patches are soaked in concentrated serum, an allergic reaction test should be performed before applying them.
To eliminate dark circles under the eyes, caffeine, parsley extract or natural acids are used.
The most popular components of anti-aging products are collagen, hyaluronic acid, snail mucin (mucus secreted by special glands of mollusks) and peptides (low molecular weight proteins).
How to use
- Thoroughly cleanse the skin of impurities and cosmetics.
- Place the pad firmly on the lower eyelid, stepping back 1-2 mm from the lash line. Apply patches from the nose to the temples without tightening the skin. If the purpose of the procedure is to remove wrinkles and creases, apply the product closer to the temples, with the wide side to the bridge of the nose. If the product is intended to reduce swelling and dark circles – the narrow side to the nose.
- After the procedure is completed, carefully remove the pads and gently tap the remaining serum under the eyes. Remove patches from the face in the same direction – from the nose to the temples.
The patches can also be used to combat forehead wrinkles and to eliminate nasolabial folds.
How much to keep
The time of the cosmetic procedure depends on the desired effect and the components included in the product. On average, patches are recommended to be kept on the face for 10-30 minutes. Each manufacturer indicates the exact time and frequency of use on the packaging.
Some believe that for best results, the pads can be left overnight. However, hydrogel patches have been proven to only work for 20-30 minutes. Then they begin to pull the beneficial substances back.
When choosing patches, you should give preference to well-known manufacturers. Cheap products often add low-quality raw materials that have not been tested. This can lead to allergic reactions and burns.
The tool has several contraindications for use: conjunctivitis, rosacea (dilated capillaries), mechanical or chemical damage to the skin, hypersensitivity.
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