We can all benefit from a little luxury in our lives. Having our super-soft eye masks gently cuddle and warm your face while releasing gorgeous scents for 25 minutes to relax and revive makes perfect sense.
Whether you work on computers all day and suffer from eye strain, need a bit of help falling asleep, or just fancy a bit of “me-time”, no situation can’t be improved with a Sensory Retreats eye mask! We’ve practically lived in ours throughout lockdown and don’t intend giving them up any time soon!
Below we’re recommending our top 7 ways to wear our eye masks
1. Relaxing in the bath
Baths are a great way to pamper yourself, and there are scientifically proven benefits, too.
For starters, a warm bath helps the blood flow more easily and aids with oxygenation: letting you breathe deeper and slower. This is great for our physical health and provides a plethora of benefits for our mental wellbeing. A hot bath can also improve your sleep and general energy levels while relieving muscle pain and elevating mood.
To transform your standard bath into a luxury DIY spa experience, try lighting some scented candles and wearing a Divine Eyes mask as you soak for ultimate relaxation and bliss.
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If you need a bit of self-love, go for our Amour Eyes masks. With a gentle, restorative rose scent and warming sensation that balances and calms the mind, Amour Eyes will let you focus on your mental health and wellbeing while surrounded by comforting cleaning bubbles.
2. Taking a power nap
If you work with computers (and let’s face it, most of us do), you’ve had a long day dealing with the kids, or you were up too late last night, taking a power nap is a great way to refresh.
In fact, power naps have been proven to have some awesome benefits to our bodies and brains, including a much-needed boost to our memory, learning capabilities, productivity, alertness, and mood. A good power nap can also help reduce stress and anxiety.
But no matter how desperate you might be for a snooze, sometimes switching off during the day is easier said than done! Our Luna Eyes eye masks are the perfect way to encourage a little slumber in your day, no matter where you find yourself.
The gentle warming sensation relaxes and soothes tired eyes, while the soft lavender scent is well-known to encourage feelings of peace, calm, relaxation, and sleepiness. What’s more, all our eye masks have blackout properties, so the daylight won’t keep you up!
3. Yoga Shavasana or after a workout
Shavasana, or “corpse pose,” is a movement (or lack of) that comes at the end of a yoga practice. It basically involves lying flat on your back, with your eyes closed, usually with some relaxing music playing in the background.
But while corpse pose might feel a little silly to first-time yogis, it offers significant benefits, including:
- Calming the central nervous system
- Aiding the digestive and immune systems
- Calming the mind and reducing stress
- Reducing headaches, fatigue, and anxiety
- Lowering blood pressure and heart rate
- Decreasing muscle tension
- And much more
If you struggle to switch off during Shavasana - or find getting the mental peace and quiet you need for a meditation practice impossible - our self-heating eye masks can help!
Not only will the gentle warming and aromatherapy qualities help you achieve a state of peace and relaxation, but blocking out light or distractions will also ensure you can focus on your breathing and/or meditation far more effectively.
What’s more, our eye masks come with a free audio gift, so you can create the perfect Shavasana environment even when you’re at home.
4. When the kids have had too much screen time
All our self-heating eye masks are safe for use on children aged 5+ (you might need to tie a knot in the straps for a more secure and comfortable fit on little faces) and are a great way to soothe kids’ eyes when they’ve spent too long on their devices or had a long day at school.
In addition to soothing tired or stressed eyes, our masks are great for calming overactive children and installing a little peace and quiet.
5. When you (or the kids) have a headache
Shutting out the light, soothing tired eyes, calming the mind… These are all brilliant ways to reduce headaches. And they’re also all qualities of our eye masks.
While many people would turn to something cold to help deal with a headache, studies have shown that a warm compress can help aching eyes and minds feel better by:
- Adding moisture and easing the unpleasant feeling that comes from dry eyes
- Reducing any clogged-up natural oils around the eyes
- Relaxing the eye and reducing any pain or muscle spasms
- Eliminating light to ease the strain on your eyes
Our self-heating eye masks are perfect for shutting the world out and putting just the right of pressure on the face to relieve pain and soothe the mind. The gentle heating causes a relaxing sensation that’s perfect for when headaches and migraines take hold.
To further reduce headaches, our eye masks are infused with essential oils. Lavender oil, in particular, is known to aid with headaches and migraines and can be found in our Divine Eyes and Luna Eyes masks for a deeply soothing, relaxing, and pain-relieving experience.
6. When travelling
Cars, buses, trains, planes… Travelling can take its toll! Not least of which is the lack of sleep many of us suffer when we need to take a long trip.
One of the most significant benefits of our self-heating eye masks is that they’re travel-friendly and come individually wrapped. This means you can easily slip one into your purse or carry-on for immediate relief wherever you go (obviously, you can’t use them while driving).
The blackout properties of our eye masks are beneficial if you’re trying to get some shuteye while travelling, as you can literally shut out all other passengers, ready to arrive refreshed at your destination.
Try our Divine Eyes mask infused with calming lavender anytime you need a little escape, and you’ll discover a new way of travelling that doesn’t leave you with tired, puffy, dark eyes.
You could even use an overnight commute to boost your beauty routine by applying your favourite eye cream/serum before slipping on your mask. Nobody will be able to tell you didn’t get a full night’s sleep in your own bed!
7. To help you fall asleep
Our masks are fantastic for fighting insomnia and helping you create the perfect atmosphere for a full, quality night’s sleep.
Combining blackout qualities, just the right of pressure to “cuddle” your face and encourage relaxation, a gentle warming sensation that’s sure to soothe and relax, plus wonderful scents to ease anxiety and promote slumber, our masks could be just the thing to help you drift off.
After countless hours of research, we developed two eye masks specifically to aid sleep and help you live your best life: Luna Eyes and Dreamy Eyes infused with lavender or jasmine.
If you regularly struggle to drift off to sleep, our Sleep Retreat Treat Box contains everything you might need to create the perfect, soothing, sleep-inducing environment.
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