A warm, steamy mask to relax your eyes, no hot water required? I’ll try that!
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Where can I find these rose-scented, self-warming, steamy eye masks?
You can buy a box of 14 self-warming eye masks from Amazon. That’s where I initially came across them. The price for this sort of thing ranges from $9.00 to $22.00 depending on brand, mask count, and vendor. I actually found these eye masks in the health & beauty section at a local Asian grocery store for $22. The masks also come in other scents like lavender and green tea, but I’m quite fond of rose.
So, how do they work?
They’re basically like those hand warmer packets you can get for winter emergencies. Each mask is individually wrapped in a foil packet. As soon as you open the packet and expose the mask to air, it starts warming up. When I opened the first mask, I was trying to figure out if I needed to separate the ear straps and give them a tug to activate it. Turns out, that was not needed.
There’s not really any English on the box, so I had to ask the Interwebs how to use these. My suggestion is to make sure you’re situated somewhere you can get comfy and lay back for about 10-20 minutes. Then open the packet, put on the mask and secure it by putting the straps on your ears, and relax.
How does this mask feel?
It’s very slightly uncomfortable at first, but then it is very relaxing. The thin mask kind of forms to your face, and you will feel the warmth on your eyelids. The heat releases the rose scent, and it does feel a little steamy under the eye pads. You don’t have to take off your makeup before you use these masks, but it’s probably a good idea. (Heat + steam = open pores.)
The warmth is very nice, not too hot (40 degrees Celsius, 104 degrees Farenheit), and lasts for about 10 to 15 minutes. If you’re not quite ready to get up, you can wear the mask for a full 20 minutes, but by that last 5 minutes it starts cooling off noticeably.
Okay, but what do I even use these for?
If you stare at computer screens all day, your eyes are probably tired and the facial muscles around them tight. The heat and steam from the mask can help soothe them. If you have a headache, this might be helpful. If you just need a reason to tune out and relax for about 10-15 minutes, this mask will do. (It’s hard to look at a screen when your eyes are covered.)
Seriously, the warmth, the steaminess, and the scent are all really comforting. I really didn’t want to get up after my mask was done.
Would you buy these eye masks again?
Yes, I believe I would. While these self-warming eye masks are not a beauty necessity, they are definitely a nice self-indulgence. Considering that my job has me looking at computer screens for 10 hours a day, it might not be a bad idea to keep these masks on hand to help relax my computer-strained eyes.