By Victoria Moorhouse
Updated Oct 17, 2018 @ 11:15 am
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They say the eyes are a window into your soul, but my eyes are a window into the current state of my allergies. And right now, things are bad, as demonstrated by my itchy, dry, puffy, and red eyes. Oh, and they're also accented with gigantic bags, dark circles, and more defined fine lines. The only way thing that's helped me get rid of these symptoms (on top of allergy meds) is a set of Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra Gel Eye Masks.

Here's where I drop another truth bomb: One box of these soothing, hydrating patches will set you back $76. Technically, there's six sets in a box, which equals out to about $12.60 a pop. They're undeniably expensive, but the upside is that they're incredibly effective.

The hydra gel patches — they kind of feel like like thin slabs of jelly — are infused with hydrating hyaluronic acid, which also plumps up the skin, making wrinkles and fine lines way less noticeable. I'll be real with you. I'm 27, and I don't have deep fine lines and wrinkles, but subtle creases and bags are there, especially when I'm under the weather and tired. These babies smooth almost everything out.

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The patches are also made with two active ingredients called padina pavonica and chlorella, which serve as instant skin-tighteners. You apply them under your eyes on clean skin for about 20 minutes. I usually apply them in the morning before applying my makeup to take down at least some of the allergy puff. Because they're clear and not that noticeable, I'll even apply them at my desk at work.

After 20 minutes, you peel them off and pat in the excess serum. My under-eye area is always left feeling smoothed, soothed, moisturized, and way less puffy.

Paired with some full-coverage concealer, no one will ever know you spent the entire morning sneezing. Trust.