It’s very frustrating to be physically exhausted but unable to sleep. I have those nights. Usually now I have a routine to switch my brain off and settle down for a few quiet hours rest. Magnesium tablet, chamomile tea, pillow spray, meditative music and an eye mask.
The cute star eye mask on the left is infused with lavender (if you want) and is made of soft fabric so reusable – and also totally opaque! (£20 here). I like that the back is velvet – it’s softer on the eyes.
For something disposable, Optrex now have Warming Eye Masks with ‘microsteam technology’. These are quite new for the Western market but Hot Eye Masks have been around forever and ever on the Asian market – my review from 2010 is here. I absolutely adore them because they are relaxing and brilliant when I am experiencing a headache.
Not everyone likes them. My husband can’t stand how hot they get, he finds it uncomfortable.
So anyway, Optrex’s offering:
Unlike the perk of the Asian eye masks, which is fragrance, this is fragrance free.
Each mask is foil sealed. Once this is removed they automatically start to heat up so don’t open one up then try and put it back in!
These masks are not particularly glam looking (the Asian ones usually have a cute pattern on) but that’s no issue. When you open this up they loop around your ears perfectly and hold quite flat against the eye so you get the warmth.
In terms of the heating up there was no issues and it gets quite warm – not quite as hot as the Kao branded ones but certainly hot enough. They are a little thinner than the Kao.
Overall though I have no issue with this – I wore this before bed time and my head felt very relaxed.
So if you haven’t tried a warming eye mask before and don’t fancy ordering online (I do really like the scent in the Kao branded eye masks I have to say) the Optrex is a very decent option indeed – it works just as well.
This product is great if you find warmth relaxing (not everyone does!), and it’s great if you suffer from eye fatigue or headaches.
It costs £3.99 for 2 here.