A Healthier Eye SPA - Steam Eye Mask
1. Principle of steam eye masks
The reaction principle of the steam eye mask is the rapid oxidation of carbonyl iron powder in contact with oxygen in the air. In order for the temperature to last longer and be more constant, the product uses a very precise breathable film. Because the product cannot react until it is used, the bag material has to be very special, with a printed layer + PE lamination. When in use, the outer bag is removed and the product is exposed to the air for 30 seconds before the oxygen in the air enters inside through the micro-breathable film. The time and temperature of the heat released is controlled by the oxygen permeation rate of the breathable film. If the oxygen permeation is too fast, too much heat ensues and there is a high risk of burning the skin. If the oxygen permeation is too slow, the temperature is too low. After use it is a dark brown solid containing toner, solids (in this case edible salt), solids and salts containing magnesium and aluminium.
The external reaction principle of the steam eye mask
The steam is released evenly through the high grade medical non-woven fabric, using the warmth of the steam to promote blood microcirculation in the eyes, relaxing tense eye muscles and relieving eye fatigue and discomfort.
The internal reaction principle of the steam eye mask
The heat generated causes the water in the internal material to evaporate steadily, thus achieving the effect of steam heat and humidity to relieve eye fatigue, promote eye blood circulation and brighten the eyes.
In order for the temperature to last long enough and for the inner pocket of the logistically produced heater to be exposed to the air, oxygen from the air enters through the permeable membrane, reacts with the iron powder and exerts heat. The time and temperature of the exotherm is controlled by the oxygen permeation rate of the permeable film. If the oxygen permeation is too fast, too much heat is released and the skin may be burned. If the oxygen permeation is too slow, there is little temperature. One of the processes that generates steam is the exothermic release of heat from the internal material, which causes the rate of evaporation of the water contained within to accelerate greatly and the evaporated water vapour to liquefy quickly when it meets cold, forming steam.
2. Do steam eye masks work well?
What about the user's experience with these eye masks?
Netizen 1: After using it 4 times, the area around my eyes became noticeably dry. I don't support frequent use, just use it when you are overly tired. It's better to apply eye drops and rest with your eyes closed. Use preservative-free eye drops, individually wrapped, one a day.
Netizen 2: From my own experience, I bought 3 flavours of chamomile, lavender and rose from Neon in February this year. The package claims that it is effective in eliminating dark circles and puffiness under the eyes is total nonsense, but it is good for reducing dry eyes, other than that it is a sleep aid.
Overall, users mostly experienced the sleep-aiding benefits of the steam eye mask, and it was also effective in moisturising the eyes and relieving fatigue.
3. Steam eye mask industry introduction
At present, steam eye masks in China has not formed a category, there is no approval number, industry standards and other regulations, only "Q / product year" marked enterprise product standards, and quality, mainly by the quality supervision department issued product testing reports to control.
At present, steam eye masks are still a new product with a large market. According to the category, it belongs to the health care products of daily necessities, and daily necessities are not part of the scope of the state must be licensed and approved, coupled with the low threshold of production of steam eye masks, the relevant regulation is not in place, these real factors make people very worried about the safety of the product.
There are two types of steam eye masks on the market, flake and powder. The safest type of steam eye masks are those that are pressed in one piece, as they are very evenly heated and have high technical requirements.
A special reminder, never use steam eye masks in powdered pouch form! However, many unscrupulous businesses go for the cheaper cost and produce steam eye masks in powder form. This can lead to many problems: the outer material is not up to scratch and can cause skin allergies and even eye injuries due to leakage of powder; the distribution of raw materials in the pouch is uneven, and the area and duration of heat (normal eye care time should be around 15-20 minutes) is unstable, which will only cause damage to the eyes.
Nowadays, the popularity of electronic products has led to a high incidence of dry eyes among young people, and many will choose eye patches, drops and steam eye masks and other eye care products to provide relief from eye discomfort. When buying steam eye masks, you should be careful to choose products from regular manufacturers and carefully select the product's shop reputation, manufacturer and product packaging details. When using them, contact lens wearers should remove their glasses. It is also best not to use these eye masks while wearing make-up in order to avoid makeup and skin clogging. If you experience intense eye discomfort, you should visit an eye clinic as soon as possible for professional cleaning, hot compresses and massage to relieve eye strain and discomfort.