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I have another one of my favorite "invisible" beauty products (AKA stuff I use so often I forget abou it) to introduce to you today, except this week the beauty product isn't actually a beauty product—it's more of a general wellness/personal care item. But it's become engrained in my beauty routine, which I think makes it suitable for the Beauty Staple Spotlight. I present to you: Kao MegRythym Steam Eye Masks!
WHAT IS IT?
Kao MegRythym Steam Eye Masks are self-heating disposable eye masks. Think hot packs like you would stick in your pockets in the winter, except super-thin and designed to be worn over your eyes. Every box I've ever purchased has been completely in Japanese, so I'll be explaining how to use them at the end of the post. But basically they're warming masks designed for relaxation, available in a variety of scents (or unscented). My favorite of the "flavors" is Lavender & Sage because I find those scents very relaxing.
If you're in the United States, pricing on these varies because they're an import item—you can generally find boxes of 10 masks for under $15 on Amazon though. iMomoko also carries them, but their prices are a bit higher. It's also worth checking on eBay—you can often find smaller lots for sale there, which is good if you're trying them for the first time. And of course if you live near an Asian grocer or beauty supply store that carries Japanese goods, you may be able to find them there.
WHY I LOVE THEM:
The warming sensation of the masks is super-relaxing, which helps me fall asleep on nights when I'm really having trouble. Beauty sleep people, beauty sleep! I also feel like the warmth temporarily makes my eyes look less puffy. A quick and lovely-smelling pick-me-up when you don't want to look haggard! Anyway, they're preferable to slapping a hot washcloth on your face or something because they are exactly warm enough—not tepid but not face-burning either. Your eye area might get a little moist while you're using them, but they're not wet, if that makes sense. The only possible negative aspect I can think of is that the scent is a little bit strong, but they do have an unscented option, so that's not such a big deal.
If you purchase the masks in a box, there will be several individually-wrapped packets like this in it. Don't tear open the package until the moment you're ready to mask it up—they start getting warm right away!
When you remove the mask from the packet, it will look something like this:
There are two thin, tissue-y loops that are attached to each other. You'll want to detach them, but be gentle in doing so—the loops are designed to go over your ears, so if you pull too hard and stretch them out, you might have trouble keeping the mask on.
With the loops detached it looks like this:
The other side of the mask has a faint pattern printed on it.
You want to wear the mask with the plain white side facing towards your eyes, and the larger notch/slit in the middle facing down. That's where your nose goes.
Here's what it looks like on:
Sexy! Once you've successfully attached the mask to your face, kick back and relax—the warming sensation will last for about 10-15 minutes. I really like that these masks are so thin and soft and flexible, because it doesn't feel uncomfortable if you accidentally fall asleep with them on... which I may have done on occasion, shh. It's also nice that they cool down on their own because you don't have to worry about burning your face off while you sleep. Yay! Three slightly sleepy cheers for Kao MegRythym Steam Eye Masks.
Are there any relaxation products that you consider as part of your beauty routine? What are your favorite treatments for tired, puffy eyes?
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