The Ostrichpillow Eye Mask Is A Secret Weapon To Relieve Tension | well+well

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I don’t get sick often, but when I do, it hits me like a truck. And last month, I was glued to my bed for several days — not once, but twice — due to incessant body aches and tension headaches (you know, the gross, cold-like symptoms). My preferred treatment is to take a couple of ibuprofen and curl up in bed with Netflix. But this time, I got some unexpected relief, thanks to Ostrichpillow’s new hot and cold eye mask ($39).

Launched in early May, the mask helps relieve muscle tension and stress through thermotherapy. It works as a hot compress or a cooling pack to help treat a variety of ailments including eyestrain, facial tension, inflammation, and even the painful sting of a migraine. Simply place it on your eyes and the mask provides gentle pressure to calm and de-stress your body.

Not only do the different hot/cold temperatures feel amazing, but the mask is designed to feel almost like a heavy blanket for your eyes. It’s made with a core of natural clay beads that apply feel-good pressure, and the snug fit ensures all light is completely blocked out. I was able to rest it on my eyes and forehead without it sliding down or adjusting its position, so most of the time, I just fell asleep with the mask on (and woke up feeling really refreshed).

And unlike standard ice packs that basically freeze my entire body after 30 seconds, I was able to leave the ostrich pillow mask on my face for hours (and stayed cold for almost an hour). The cotton fabric and foam material work as a buffer to soften the super-icy cold of the freezer, so you can feel cool relief without being chilled to the bone. When I wanted to apply heat to my face, I simply microwaved the mask and put it on. Honestly, pretty neat.

Cold therapy has been used for decades as a solution to help treat tension headaches and migraines. In fact, a 2013 to study found that applying a frozen neck wrap in the early stages of a migraine significantly helped reduce discomfort. Essentially, cold compresses are thought to help constrict blood vessels and relieve pain, at least temporarily. Many also prefer heat to combat tension headaches and migraines, so it’s up to you and what your body needs. The good thing about this mask is that it offers both.

I wore the mask over the course of a week, sometimes to relieve pain and other times to help me relax. Within about 30 minutes, I was able to feel the effects of the cooling sensation to melt away the tension and reduce the pain a bit. It took about an hour for the mask to reach maximum freshness and maintain its temperature. FYI, it stays pretty cold for about 25-45 minutes before you need another round in the freezer (at least that was the case for me, it also depends on the temperature inside your home).

Plus, you don’t have to worry about dripping water or condensation. The fabric does a good job of absorbing any messes. And as icing on the cake, it even comes with a storage bag for safe storage and extra insulation.

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