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Even before getting into Korean beauty, I was super into skincare and self-care. Because of that, most of the products in the 10-step skincare routine were not a new concept to me. However, I have never even heard of hydrogel eye patches before, and they totally rocked my world about four years ago.
I usually have a pack of them on hand and enjoy trying different brands. I’m currently using Secret Key Marine Racoony Hydrogel Eye & Multi Patch. This is available on Jolse and in their official eBay store.
Secret Key makes a few variations of the Racoony patches - gold, pink, and these green ones. I’ve had them all! I don’t recommend the gold version unless you have perfectly round cartoon character eyes - the shape is just so strange. The pink ones are cute, you can see them in action in this review.
Secret Key Marine Racoony patches with marine complex promise lasting hydration. They can be used on the eye area, forehead lines, nasolabial folds (around the mouth), and wherever else you need a little extra plumping - even on the neck!
How to use:
Cleanse and use toner
Apply the patches to desired areas
Remove after 20-30 minutes
Pat in the remaining essence
I like keeping mine in the fridge and using them in the morning to depuff the eyes and get ready for the day. The patches are slippery at first, but as the hydrogel wams it adheres better and better and stays put. Don’t worry, removal is super easy and painless - these don’t stick like glue.
The teardrop patch shape is pretty common among different brands, and I find it works well. Apply them how you see fit to target your problem areas.
Despite having some tea tree and eucalyptus in the ingredients, these do not smell like either and are very gentle. On a completely unrelated note, does anyone know why the manufacturer put flavoring in these? Am I missing something? Full ingredients are at the end of the review.
Another great patch from Secret Key. I think these are my favorite out of the racoony series. Sure, the pink hearts were fun to tear into two pieces, but I like the shape of the marine ones better. To a certain extent, these all work the same way, so just pick the shape / color / scent / price that appeals most to you.
The patches could be especially useful for people who have fine lines around the eye area and have troubles with concealer creasing there. Using the hydrogel patches in the morning (before creams, sunscreen, and makeup) can plump and smooth that area, ensuring better makeup application.
I love these not just for the eyes but for my forehead lines (I call them my WTF lines, because I raise my brows in the “WTF is wrong with the world?” manner way too often). These lines are much less noticeable when the skin is hydrated and plump. The same concept works for the nasolabial folds, which are becoming somewhat noticeable on me, probably partially due to weight loss and partially just because I’m aging.
I like the scent. It’s hard to describe, but it’s pleasant and not long lasting. Overall, these are definitely worth a try.
Have you tried any hydrogel products? What was your experience?
Secret Key - Marine Racoony Hydrogel Eye & Multi Patch ingredients: Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Carrageenan, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Glucose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Potassium Chloride, Gold Colloid(100pprn diluted solution), Guar Gum, Disodium EDTA, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Algae Extract, Rose Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Leaf Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Collagen, Soybean seed Extract, Ecklonia cava Extract, Gelidium Cartilagineum Extract, Hi7ikia Fusiforme Extract, Sargassum Fulvellum Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Mica, Chromium Oxide Greens, Black Oxide of Iron, Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Flavoring