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When a full eight hours of sleep is out of the question, there's only so much concealer can hide — and that's where a fatigue-fighting under-eye mask comes in clutch. The right eye treatment can work wonders when even full coverage fails.

"The skin around the eye area is extremely fragile and, if neglected, can become dry, puffy, and congested, and age your face beyond your years," says skin-care expert and Elemis co-founder Noella Gabriel. "An eye mask will provide an instant boost of deep hydration, and have a cooling and anti-inflammatory effect."

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But if you're already investing in a good eye cream, do you really need an eye mask as well? Gabriel says yes. "An eye cream is a continuous everyday maintenance product to protect and support skin throughout the day, whereas an eye mask is like a booster," she explains. "It delivers a concentrated surge of hydration instantly."

Consider the eye mask a quick fix to ensure your skin doesn't suffer, even if you've stayed up binge-watching shows all night. Ahead, our top picks for the best masks for tired eyes to see you through tiring times.

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Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels


These eye gels are popular for good reason: Their cooling effects promise to go deeper than most, using transdermal technology to absorb the firming ingredients within. Designed to alleviate the effects of stress on the skin, they're also enriched with peptides and botanical extracts to depuff and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles — the perfect accompaniment to a high-adrenaline lifestyle.
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, $32.00 Buy

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Recovery Eye Mask


These masks combat the stresses of life, whether that's lack of sleep, pollution, or dehydration — or all of the above. They're soaked in hydrating botanicals and anti-aging ingredients to firm and hydrate tired eyes.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask, $42.00 Buy
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Artistry Studio Eye Look Rested De-Puffer + Brightener


Cool down puffiness and brighten undereyes with these serum-infused pillow masks, powered by a refreshing mix of seaweed and algae.
Artistry Studio Eye Look Rested De-Puffer + Brightener, $30.00 Buy

Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Mask


Perfect before a big night out, these are formulated with plankton extract and skin-tightening padina pavonica. Gabriel recommends using them whenever you need them most, depending on your lifestyle — early mornings and late nights are all fair game.
Elemis ELEMIS Online Only Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Mask, $29.00 Buy

DHC Revitalizing Moisture Strips


Mulberry and peony are just two of the hydrating, brightening ingredients in these patches that'll make you look well-rested and alert.
DHC DHC Revitalizing Moisture Strips, $18.00 Buy

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Eye Masks


This fast-acting, dual-purpose treatment is actually one of the few under-eye masks to contain retinol, so it delivers a boost of moisture, leaves skin looking refreshed and revived, and helps prevent new wrinkles from forming, too.
Shiseido Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask, $70.00 Buy

Talika Eye Therapy Patches


These travel-friendly patches are the perfect pick-me-up for tired skin. Each set can be used up to three times, and has active ingredients including avocado, wheatgerm, and ceramides to revive and nourish skin.
Talika Eye Therapy Patch, $49.00 Buy
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Rodial Dragon's Blood Eye Masks


That so-called "dragon's blood" is actually an extract from the South American croton lechleri tree, which reduces redness and inflammation, while arnica, hyaluronic acid, and bio-cellulose provide a depuffing and intensely moisturizing effect.
Rodial Dragon's Blood Eye Masks, $49.00 Buy

Trish McEvoy Instant Solutions Triangle of Light Eye Mask


Great for the time-conscious, these concentrated eye masks will deliver a brighter and firmer appearance around the eye area in as little as five minutes. They're hydrating, soothing, and perfect for a (very) quick fix.
Trish McEvoy Instant Solutions Triangle of Light Eye Mask, $69.00 $55.20 Buy

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Hydra-Gel Eye Masks


Skip the produce aisle and put on these cucumber-infused hydra-gel masks, which help reduce the appearance of crow's feet and inflammation.
Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox™ Hydra-Gel Eye Patches, $52.00 Buy

Bliss Eye Got This Holographic Foil Eye Masks


Fifteen minutes with this eye mask is all you need for rested-looking eyes and a ton of Instagrammable selfies.
Bliss Bliss Eye Got This Holographic Foil Eye Masks, $4.00 Buy

MZ Skin Hydra-Bright Golden Eye Treatment Mask


These supercharged patches might be pricy, but they're worth it: Oculoplastic surgeon and MZ Skin founder Dr. Maryam Zamani advises using them to restore long-lasting radiance to fatigued skin. They're packed with hyaluronic acid, rose oil, and seaweed to increase elasticity and minimize fine lines, and they're vegan-friendly, to boot.
MZ Skin Hydra-Bright Golden Eye Treatment Mask, $106.00 Buy
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Patchology Travel Size FlashPatch Rejuvenating Eye Gels


A good eye mask is especially necessary when you're coming off a long flight. Luckily, these individually packed gels are soaked in collagen and caffeine, so no one will ever know you were just counting sheep on a stuffy airplane.
Patchology Patchology Travel Size FlashPatch Rejuvenating Eye Gels, $15.00 Buy

Pixi FortifEYE Patches


Get the most bang for your buck by investing in this jar, which contains 30 hydrogel eye patches soaked in caffeine, peptides, and collagen for only $24. Leave a set on for a few minutes while you have your morning cup of coffee and you'll be left with brighter eyes that look (and feel) well-rested.
Pixi Pixi FortifEYE, $24.00 Buy
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