Whether you’re fighting nightly distractions, need complete and total darkness to fall (and stay) asleep, or intend to zone out on your next red-eye flight, the best sleep masks can make a serious difference in your sleep environment. Think of them as blackout curtains for the eyes, helping block light so you can fall asleep faster, maximize your REM time, and improve your sleep quality.
Beyond better sleep, certain sleep masks also offer some skin benefits. Particularly when they’re made of soothing silks and satins, sleep masks act as a smooth surface for the gentle eye area so you don’t wake up with those tell-tale pillow creases on your skin. Not only is silk naturally hypoallergenic, but as New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, previously told Allure, “Silk and satin are extremely soft materials, so they cause less friction between the skin and the fabric.” Translation: They can also minimize potential signs of aging. Especially for stomach sleepers, protecting your eyes is a must. (Treating yourself to a silk pillowcase isn’t a bad idea, either, if you want smoother, sleeker hair and less snagging.)
To guarantee some well-deserved shut-eye time, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite eye masks on the market right now for a better night’s sleep. Sweet dreams, friends.
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