As far as skin care goes, my under eye area has been extremely neglected. Extremely. I own a few little sample eye creams and treatments but never seem to use them. I have even bought 2 full sized eye creams and never ever bother to use them. I just haven’t been interested and what I have tried in the past hasn’t produced much of a result. As I am still in my 20s, I am not too worried about wrinkles yet but I do have some creasing, occasional puffiness and worst of all, very dark circles. With that in mind, when VII Code contacted me to review the VIICode Oxygen Eye Mask**, I jumped right on the opportunity.
The mask claims to reduce dark circles, puffiness, wrinkles, dryness and sagging by increasing elasticity, firming and plumping the under eye area. All of the good stuff. The most notable thing was the length of wear. It is an overnight eye mask with a maximum wear of 8hrs. Wowza. This is quite a unique quality in comparison to the 2-3 other eye masks I have used and/or heard about. It also is not at all like the others I have tried since the pad is not coated in serum but instead has a gel-like padding that sticks onto your skin. For 8 hours. I was a little skeptical that they would stay put.
When I applied it initially, it felt quite cooling but I was worried since it didn’t feel too sticky. That was good and bad thing because I think that it might have been pretty irritating if it was sticky and would have pulled at my under eye area which can’t be too good. But will it stay or will it fall off while I was sleeping? I should also mention, I did move these further from my eye than they are in the above photo to make me more comfortable.
Before bed, I continuously pressed them on to make sure all of the edges were sticking to my under eyes. As I wore them (for about an hour before bed), they did seem to melt into my skin a bit more as they stopped feeling cooling and started to feel more like a soft gel. They were very soothing. To make them even more cooling, you can pop them in the fridge before applying, but I thought that would just wake me up rather than put me to sleep.
The one negative that I do find with solid masks like this is that my lower eye lid gets a bit itchy but I think it is just from my eyes moving and the skin rubbing against the patch. I didn’t seem to have any issue with irritation otherwise, and once I fell asleep, this was no longer an issue.
As I woke up in the morning, I noticed they were still attached to my under eye. The one on my right eye was a tiny bit folded over but nothing crazy. As for the result: they did do quite a bit to my under eye. The skin texture was the biggest difference. It was smoother looking, softer feeling, less puffy and I looked much more awake than usual. I don’t know if you can tell but I sure could. The discolouration was still there and the creasing hadn’t disappeared either. However, that was only after 1 treatment. Each box comes with 6 sets of pads – enough for 2-3 weeks of use depending on how often you use them. I don’t know if someone who did take care of their under eye skin would get the same result.
Down to the nitty gritty: these masks are a little expensive. For 6 pads, you’re looking at about $60 Cdn (as of June 3) or $10 a pair which is a bit higher than some single serve serum masks are in my experience. Shipping is free and pretty quick, however. They recommend using 3 boxes for best results and do offer a package deal that includes 3 boxes, 3 additional pads and a 1 oz tube of “All Star Eye Cream” for $170 Cdn (as of June 3). If that is in your price range, it is an awesome product that does – so far – totally fix some of the biggest under eye issues.
Til next time, ttfn x