Some people are very sensitive to
light even when they sleep. Sleep eye
masks ensure better quality of sleep by simply blocking out light. For
those working late, are on constant travel or suffer from sleep deprived
swollen eyes, there are effective cooling masks that can relieve the tired
puffy eye and rejuvenate them. Ice or warm masks calm allergy discomfort, nasal
congestion, and tension headaches when heated.
Travel eye masks could be a sleep aid or a stress reducer. The mask
enables the wearer relax and combat jet travel tiredness. Be it ice
eye masks or natural eye masks,
choose one that rejuvenates you and leaves you ready to face the world!
Eye mask for sleep
Eye masks known as sleep masks
are primarily used as room darkening sleep aids. Simple synthetic sleep eye
masks made of nylon or any other synthetic fabric are the most basic ones. They
come with an elastic strap at the back. These are quite inexpensive but they do
not serve the purpose of blocking light most of the time. The elastic strap is
hardly adjustable and the mask becomes too tight or too loose after a period of
There are sleep eye masks made of
foam which have concave eye pockets. This design effectively blocks light and
allows the wearer to open their eyes as well. They are lightweight and
comfortable for regular wear. They would cost roughly around $ 10 and come with
a free set of ear plugs.
Breathing sleep eye masks are of
higher quality and come made of 'breathable' fabric such as fleece or satin.
They also come with Velcro straps that can be adjusted to the shape of wearer's
face. This mask is also very effective in blocking light and offers sheer
comfort during sleep. These are affordably priced from $ 7 onwards. The padded
breathing sleep eye masks have the added benefit of extreme softness and
sometimes include a system that can muffle out sounds.
Eye mask for dark circles
Weary eyes with dark circles can
happen during springtime with allergies or due to the effect of hot summer sun.
Late night sleep, tension at work and arduous travel can also cause dark
circles around the eyes. Black circles due to eye allergies can be caused by
commercial beauty products such as under eye creams and mascaras. Commercial
pasteurized milk, processed grains, fruits and veggies with residual pesticides
can cause allergies leading to dark circles and pronounced eye bags.
Dark circles could also be hormone induced caused by premenstrual water retention. Under such
circumstances it would be best to use natural diuretics such as green tea,
eliminate salty foods and carbohydrates and excess liquid diet from the menu a
week prior to the menstrual circle.
The most common way to rejuvenate
the eye contour is by a soft allergen-free blue colored plastic mask that contains
hundreds of glass beads to conform to the contour of the user's face. The mask
has to be pulled out of the freezer and put on for fresh looking miraculous eyes.
There are small cooling eye masks that diminish swelling and dark circles that
can be a result of injury and surgery.
Eye masks made of fresh cucumber
slices or moist cold tea bags are a natural remedy for battling under-eye dark
circles caused due to insomnia, long work days in front of a computer, too much
of television or just general tiredness. Cucumber gel eye mask can be kept
ready in the refrigerator if dark circles are a chronic problem. While choosing
teabags, be cautious of allergies as teabags like chamomile might cause eye
Eye masks during travel
During travel it is imperative to
have a mask fitting over the eyes to shut out even the brightest light enabling
full relaxation. Scientists have established that the Rapid Eye Movement REM
sleep is the most crucial part of the sleep cycle. That is, masks should allow
for complete eye movement for a deeper and more restful sleep. Lightweight
masks that can block out light and molded to allow REM are available for
comfortable travel fit. These masks are inexpensive and aid good slumber even
whilst on the move.
Travel eye masks come made of
nylon on the outside and soft cotton on the inside mostly in one-size-that-fits-all.
The pillowy soft cotton and padding soothe tired eyes and block light and stay
in place with adjustable elastic straps.
Eye masks designed for travel include
special masks that use the wearer's body heat to conform to the contours of the
face and shut out all harsh disturbing light. Elasticized strap with Velcro
closure guarantee a snug fit and cozy sleep.
Eye masks during flight travel come with ear buds as well. These masks
are made of plush Velcro material and provide ultimate comfort in-flight. There are eye masks specifically for jet rest
that are so molded to avoid contact with the eye lids and are completely black
on the inside to put the wearer in total darkness.
Travel eye masks are aimed to
beat fatigue and rejuvenate the travel tired eyes. The stay cool gel reduces
puffiness and irritation and the special material blocks out light so that a
traveler can wake up with fresh eyes. Again, the gel eye mask is a travel
accessory that comes in a non toxic and non caustic gel pack to be used as hot
It is advised in-flight to drop
mask in a glass of ice and place over the eyes. This sustained cooling can help
reduce irritation and puffiness caused by changes in sleep patterns and also
air-conditioning and city pollution during travel.
Ice eye masks
Therapeutic eye masks use ice to
relieve headaches, ease sinus pressure or soothe tired eyes. These masks could
be chilled in a freezer before use. The mask can stay cold up to about forty
minutes providing a relaxing therapy for the tired eyes.
Branded ice eye masks can be
stored in a freezer for use any time. For home spa, exfoliate and apply ice
mask over hydrating mask. The user has to lie back and apply to eyelids for 10
- 12 minutes, massage glass beads with fingers over entire and specific areas.
Ice masks can be refrozen and reapplied after about forty five minutes.
Alternatively, the ice eye mask
can be immersed in hot water, not boiling, for about five minutes and the user
can lie back and apply to eyelids for about ten minutes to relieve tension
headaches and nasal congestion.
While buying eye masks, it is
better to go for quality ones which can be purchased from pharmacies or travel
stores. Cheap masks can tear off or get stained or the elasticity in the strap would
soon get lost to become too wide.