The right sleep mask can reduce headaches, relieve stress, or diminish the signs of aging.
This article originally appeared on TravelandLeisure.com.
Confession time: I am completely dependent on eye masks for sleep. If I’m traveling and forget one, I’ll use towels and t-shirts to cover my eyes. I look at people who can sleep on planes and trains without them with child-like wonder. For folks like me, sleep masks are essential. And, actually, they're pretty great for all travelers. After all, sleep masks are proven to help travelers adjust to different time zones and reduce jet lag.
Below, we’ve rounded up the very best sleep masks, ranging from the most innovative to the most luxurious. Read on.
Milk Makeup Sleep Mask + Cooling Insert Set
This sleep mask, by Milk Makeup, is undoubtedly one of the most innovative on the market. A cooling gel pack inserted into a slit at the back of the mask works to de-puff the area around tired eyes. (Bonus points for being cruelty, preservative, and paraben-free.)
Earth Therapeutics Dream Zone Sleep Mask
Morihata Binchotan Charcoal Eye Mask
Binchotan charcoal purportedly promotes blood circulation, relieves eye pressure, and helps reduce headaches. This mask is infused with the “miracle charcoal”—which is white, and native to Japan—making it a top-notch accompaniment for travelers who tend to get stressed out.
iluminage Skin Rejuvenating Eye Mask
Another sleep mask known for it’s anti-aging benefits, this variation features Iluminage’s patented copper oxide technology, which is clinically proven to reduce signs of aging like wrinkles. We also love this mask because of its cushy, pillow-like texture and blackout capabilities.
Catbird Cat Eye Mask
White & Warren Cashmere Eye Mask
Pair White & Warren’s cashmere eye mask with its must-have travel wrap (“It’s a like a blanket; I use it for staying warm, sleeping on the plane, or if I need a place to sit, I’ll roll it up—I can’t travel without it!” skincare mogul Tata Harper once told T+L), and get ready to have the most comfortable in-flight experience of your life. We especially recommend this mask for the traveler who always gets cold.
Slip Silk Sleep Mask
Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Eye Mask
For the stylish traveler, Bottega Veneta’s leather eye mask—which features the brands signature woven pattern—is a must-have. The backside, which lies against your eyes, is made of a soft, cotton fabric, and its unisex appeal makes for a perfect gift for the traveler who has everything.