Here’s a scenario we’ve come to know all too well: After a long (week)night out spent sipping two too many glasses of sauvignon blanc with the crew, you realize too late that, yes, you’ve still got work in the morning. And unfortunately, when you do manage to pull yourself out of bed, you’ve got more than a raging hangover to deal with, you’re also puffy AF. We’re talking your cheeks, a parched pucker, and swollen lids that just won’t quit.
While you can certainly slap on a sheet mask to hydrate your cheeks and then coat your lips with a dollop or two of hydrating balm before heading into the office, for your deepest, darkest, under-eye circles, we’re recommending you skip your go-to eye cream and instead swipe on something with a little more oomph the night before. Enter, the Belif First Aid 360 Eye Care Mask.
Unlike traditional eye creams, this Korean beauty treatment is meant specifically for nights when you’re experiencing “swollen or fatigued eye rims,” a.k.a. post-drinking dark circles – not just the everyday genetic dark circles you were blessed with. Made with hydrating glycerin, calendula to target inflammation, and anti-microbial (and anti-puffiness) mimosa herb, Belif’s overnight mask, which is bouncy and light (almost like Gak), is packed with all the right ingredients to hit every under-eye concern.
But in order to reap all of the de-puffing benefits of Belif’s First Aid 360 Eye Care Mask, Anna Choi, the brand’s marketing representative, recommends working the product into your eye area using a very specific method that even has a name – drumroll, please – the 360 Massage Technique. Here’s how it works: Scoop out a quarter-size dollop from the jar on both left and right pointer fingers and then gently press those digits directly under the brow onto the brow bone. From there, continue pressing into your skin as you move the fingers around, under, and over the eyes, and back to the top of the brow bone. This should be repeated about three times. (Pro tip: Try this mini massage after letting the mask chill in the fridge for a few hours. The cool-on-contact effect will up the soothing ante.) And let me tell you, sober, hungover, or what have you, massaging your eyes – from brow bone to brow bone-feels really good. Maybe it’s the gel’s cooling effect or just the act of giving my sockets a little extra TLC, but this mask is definitely more fun to apply than other creams.
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Real talk, though: If you find yourself superpuffy after a night on the town, it might be a little too much to ask to give yourself a full-on eye massage when you’ve still got booze in your system. But on the off-chance you’ve got two extra minutes to spare (and won’t keel over from dehydration), the mini moment of zen just might be worth it. The Belif First Aid 360 Eye Care Mask is $36 at sephora.com.
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