Radiance Discovery: The Heated Eye Mask that is Sold Once Every Three Seconds in Japan
I love going to Tokyo, and every time I visit, one of the must-do things is to stop by a pharmacy (or several) and get all the Japanese beauty goodies I could possibly take with me. One of my favorite items that I would deliberately leave space in my suitcase for is the MegRhythm Heated Eye Mask from KAO. Now, luckily, we can get them in most of the local Japanese supermarkets or online sites, like the invincible Amazon.
The eye mask comes in individually-sealed packets for one-time use only. When opened, the mask warms up to around 104F and slowly cools down after about 10 minutes. This “superpower” of the eye mask can often freak out first-timers (like how my co-founder Elaine’s sweetheart did, hehe), but rest assured it is designed to steam and provide warmth without harm.
About seven years ago, when I started working full-time (don’t guess my age!), I found myself suffering from fatigued, sore eyes after staring at a computer screen in an air-conditioned office (the windows don’t ever open) for over ten hours a day. My eyes would experience sharp pain out of the blue sometimes, and they were so dry to the point where I would blink and one of my contact lens would literally fall out! (Yikes!) I received many “you look tired today” type of comments with my constant pink eyes. Not cool. I wanted to bring back positive energy back, so I decided to pay an ophthalmologist a visit.
Turns out, I was suffering from a disorder called aqueous tear-deficient dry eye. Basically, my lacrimal glands were not producing enough tears to maintain and protect the surface of my eyeballs. Imagine a dry, desert land with cracks on the ground – yep, that was how the doctor described my eyeballs to me.
Other than using medicated eye drops, the doctor also suggested to place a hot towel on my eyes, or gently steam my face by hovering over a bowl of hot water every night before I sleep. The steam helps with stimulating the tear ducts of our eyes. So I started out by soaking a towel in hot water and placing it over my eyes, but not only would it wet my face and hair (and sometimes my pillow), but it was also difficult to get the temperature right.
The eye mask, however, is comfortable to wear, and controls the heat to a certain degree so it is never too hot. Some may not categorize this product in the beauty section, but I do! And that is because, although it is not the typical soaked-in-serum type of eye mask, it actually offers a lot more than just heat.
I usually wear it to go to bed and leave it on as a normal sleeping mask, which has, in fact, helped me fall asleep quicker and sleep better, too! We all know the importance of a good night’s sleep when it comes to skin health and getting a natural glow the following morning. Plus, I find that because the heat helps to relax the muscles around the eyes, it soothes out fine lines caused by squinting and tensing.
Verdict: I love it! I sleep with it on, travel with it and use it on the plane, give them as gifts to friends, and recommend them to everyone I know with sleeping problems or tired, dry eyes. The eye masks come in fragrance and fragrance-free versions. I personally prefer the rose-scented, lavender-scented or scentless ones.
Note: If you experience any discomfort, remove the eye mask immediately, and consult a doctor before you continue in its use. Key To Radiance is not affiliated with KAO in any way.