Generally I get a good eight hours of shut eye and don’t suffer overly from puffy or panda eyes. But the recent heat wave has had me tossing and turning through the night and missing out on my beauty sleep. So it was a very welcome surprise to open a package recently and find Chella’s Anti-fatigue Eye Mask Kit ($45). A cooling eye recovery mask had my name written on it.

Although not inexpensive for a pack of four treatments, Chella’s eye mask does what it says on the tin. After 15 minutes (of course, you can go for a spa-like chill-out and lie back with a glass of Chardonnay, but busy bees will be pleased to know that these masks really do adhere gently like a second skin and remain in situ even while you multitask), the under eye area is depuffed, the complexion clearer, the skin firmer. It is an effect looks dramatic about an hour later and, in my experience, can last a whole day.

Each kit is an under-eye mask that has been treated with collagen and emollients and a tube of “Activator” that is squeezed on the masks until completely saturated. Since I recently decided that I am a skeptic when it comes to topical collagen, I am more interested in the contents of the activator.

First up is Bioskinup Contour 3r, which is the combination of three plant extracts – Brazilian ginseng, a Brazilian tree called p.olacoides and lily. The maker of Bioskinup says that eye bags were reduced by over 50%, dark circles and wrinkles were also reduced, but this was after 28 days of use. I can’t find anything relevant about the Brazlian tree, although it is claimed to be an aphrodisiac and, after being tested on impotent mice, is confirmed as a stimulant. Brazilian ginseng (Pfaffia Paniculata) could be useful here because it prevents new blood vessels (possibly relevant in the dark under eye circle department) and is also an anti-inflammatory.

You will see tremella fuciformis polysaccharide in other Chella products (such as Master Protocol 7) and it more than deserves a shout out. A kind of mushroom, it has been shown to prevent radiation and can deal with circulatory disorders such as blood viscosity, and it is an able free radical scavenger (source).  Talking of mushrooms, there is also ergothioneine, an antioxidant amino acid. It occurs naturally in the body and is found in high concentrations around cells that are subjected to free radical damage. However, we can’t synthesize it and so need to top it up from sources such as mushrooms or broccoli.

These ingredients make Chella’s Anti-fatigue Eye Mask Kit much more than a quick pick-you-up. Although if prepping for a big day, they would bring a welcome fast action fix. And there’s nothing not to like except for the preservatives phenoxyethanol and methylisothiazolinone.

Ingredients in Eye Zone Matrix Anti-Fatigue Mask

Collagen, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ppg-15 Stearyl Ether, Peg-40 Sorbitan Peroleate.

Ingredients in Anti-Fatigue Eye Mask Activator

Water (Aqua), Pthychopetalum Olacoides Extract, Pfaffia Paniculata Root Extract, Lilium Candidum Flower Extract, (Bioskinup Contour 3r) Glycosaminoglycans, Ergothioneine, Tremella Fuciformis Polysaccharide, Glycerin, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside), Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone.