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Bull or No Bull: Testing the Spa Steam Eye Mask that is activated by air to warm and relax your eyes

Posted at 2:28 PM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 17:28:32-04

Like many of you, I've been working from home. The long days full of staring at the computer screen can cause eye strain and eye fatigue. So, my husband found a product that might help... if it works.

It's called the Spa Steam Eye Mask by ProCIV, and I will let you know if it's Bull or No Bull.

As previously mentioned, this product claims to help with eye strain, eye fatigue, as well as dry eyes, blurred vision, to help with fine wrinkles and more.

Our package came with 16 individually wrapped eye masks.

On the box, it says to consult with your doctor before use if you have eye disease, eye injury or swelling around your eyes. The directions state that you should not use eye drops 20 minutes before or after use. I wear contact lenses. So, as instructed, I removed them.

The text on our packet says you can use one of these eye masks before sleep, after makeup removal, on a business trip, or on a lunch break. So, I took my makeup off for lunch.

I opened the package, took out that eye mask. It is green on one side and white on the other. The white side will go against your skin and cover your eyes.

The vague instructions explain to just put the eye mask against your eyes, and to place the ear straps around your ears for you to wear. Well, it took me a second to figure out where the ear straps were. Here's a tip. Make sure your hands are clean when finding the ear straps because you basically poke the center of the white side of the mask on each side, where your eyes would go. You'll rip off the perforated material, and then pull a layer away from the cotton side that will rest on your eyes. Then, you'll clearly see the ear straps.

I put them behind my ears, and put the mask against my eyes, making sure the white side was on my skin. It is soft, cotton in texture.

This eye mask is activated by the air, meaning you don't have to warm it up in a microwave or under hot water or anything like that. The second you open the seal, the "steam temperature", as they call it, is supposed to immediately rise between 104 and 113° when you put it against your skin. They claim that temperature range promotes micro-circulation and should last for about 30 to 40 minutes, giving you a spa-like treatment.

After about a minute with the eye mask, on we took the temperature. It lived up to the claim of being higher than 104° right away. We checked again after about 30 minutes, and the temperature was still above 104°.

It's important to note that these are disposable masks. So, you'll only use them one time each. And I have to say that my eyes did feel relaxed.

We bought the ProCIV Spa Steam Eye Mask on Amazon for around $15.

So, where does it rank on our Bull or No Bull Meter? I'm going with... NO BULL!

The grammatical errors on the box and in the instructions made me a little hesitant to try this product, but I checked out the reviews. Overall, people gave positive ratings. For example, on Amazon, this Spa Steam Eye Mask received 4.5 out of 5 stars from 251 ratings. The results may vary per person, depending on skin type or sensitivity. I have sensitive skin, and the temperature felt a little warm. It was not uncomfortable to me, but it might be to others. So, as always, I encourage you to do your own thorough research and to check the ingredients to make sure it works for you.

What other products do you want me to try before you buy? Let me know!