Hello friends! Today we are going to address my puffy eyelids, eye bags and dark circles. These are hereditary because I do get enough sleep everyday and I try not to consume any salty foods or drink large quantities of water before bed. Almost everyone in my dad’s family battle with these eye issues too. I am also a frequent wearer of contact lenses and I stare at a digital screen about 80% of waking hours.
I was very excited to try these Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels since there are so many wonderful reviews going around. I got mine in the Ipsy Maskerade set which is now sold out, but due to it’s popularity, you can still get it from Ulta, Amazon, and Birchbox. These are pretty pricey, averaging to about $4 per piece. This post contains an affiliate link.
Unlike most eye gels in the market, these are not soaked in serum. Aside from the similarities in shape, these are dry, cool gels with a felt finish on one side.It claims to infuse the eye area with Icelandic glacial waters and concentrated doses of firming ingredients to de-puff, tone and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in just 10 minutes, perfect for a quick fix on tired mornings and before make up.
One pack contains a pair of gels that does not drip with essence. It also comes with a plastic backing on the non-felt side, which needs to be peeled off before application.
I wasn’t sure which way to place the gels under my eye, should the rounder side or pointier side be below my inner corner. In the end, I just measured it under my eye and found that placing the rounder side below my inner corners fits the overall under eye area better as it covers more area below the eye.
Tip: Place these in the refrigerator before use and re-use about 3-4 times to get the bang for your buck!
Upon application, these felt icy cool and my under eye felt a sense of relief, but only for a short minute. They turn warm pretty quickly from contact with my skin. I would’ve preferred if these are able to stay cool the entire 10 minutes. They adhere very well to my skin and would not roll off when I’m laying down. I placed them on after skincare, before eye cream.
I had them on for about 20 minutes instead of the recommended 10 minutes because I felt that it was too short. There was no wetness left over on the skin but my under eye did feel smoother, flatter and cool to the touch. I applied a normal eye cream and gave myself a little eye massage to get this result. Here is a side by side of the before and after pictures for comparison.
At first glance my eyes do not look different but they do feel more awake and less red. The skin under my eyes are less dry and felt slightly less puffy. In my opinion, these would work better on people whose eye issues are caused by the environment and lifestyle habits. I would recommend this to them but not to people like me as there is possibly zero cure for hereditary eye issues, but using these may help my eyes feel less tired.