I was never one to have bags or dark circles under my eyes, that is until I hit that magical age I like to refer to as 35+. In my experience, your 30’s are filled with highs and lows. I had my children during that decade. My family was settling into our first home. I was building a career and making more money than I ever had before. I have no complaints or regrets.
However, it was also around that time, that I started noticing things about my appearance that were not present in my 20’s and -35’s, such as an increase in fine lines around my eyes, and also the arrival of dark circles. I know that having small children contributes to dark circles, but even when my kids got older and their sleep schedules settled, those pesky circles never left. They are like stretch marks, except gloomier and harder to hide.
I’m 40 now and I think that in this day and age when there are so many beauty products at our disposal, more so than there were 5 years ago, I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no need to take on a defeatist attitude and just accept the fine lines and dark circles. I’m going to actually do something about them. So when VII Code reached out to me and sent me a pack of their O2M Oxygen Eye Masks for Dark Circles to try out, I was like “YES!!!”
VII Code O2M eye mask is an 8-hour overnight treatment, which is different from other masks because it’s designed to:
- Provide relief for tired eyes (more on that later)
- Increase blood flow and lymphatic circulation
- Boost oxygen intake to help with wrinkles and pigmentation
- Leave your under eye area looking plump and smooth
Consisting of 6 masks in a box, each set comes in it’s own sealed envelope and, unlike, other eye masks that I have tried in the past, there is NO drippy formula spilling out from anywhere. That’s because VII Code uses a gel like material to assist with distributing the ingredients under your eyes while you sleep.
It’s also this gel like material that helps keeps the mask in place, which was my first worry, because all other eye masks I have used in the past usually began sliding down practically the minute you put them on and I was like “How are these little pads going to stay in place while I move all night?”. However, once you put them in place, they stayed there all night.
Which got me thinking, “Are they going to be difficult to take off?” Nope. They peeled off with minimal tugging and didn’t leave any noticeable markings or residue.
Ok, so logistics out of the way, do these masks work?
I used them 3 times a week for 2 weeks and I honestly see an improvement with the dark circles, but also with the overall appearance.
When you first put them on, there is a cooling sensation that helps relieve any puffiness from the day. I’m pretty sure that as you drift to sleep the effect wears off and what happens while you snore, will probably remain a mystery, but when you wake up, your eyes look all nice and hydrated.
I think that sleeping with the eye masks on took a little getting used to and it’s important not to place the masks to close to the lash line, otherwise it will be rubbing up against your lashes and feel a bit awkward. However, once you get the hang of placing them just right, which for me was beginning under the tear duct, with some space so its not hitting my lashes, and sweeping all the way to the side where your laugh lines begin, you won’t feel a thing. Just sit back and let that cooling sensation lull you to sleep.
I have to admit, that cool down was the best part of this whole experience. I looked forward to it each night.
If you want to purchase a set of the O2M Oxygen Eye Masks, head on over to VII Codes website. A set of 6 masks costs $58, but if you sign up for their mailing list, you will be notified when they have any special offers or discounts.
Have any of you tried VII Code? Any other products to recommend? If you so, you know where to leave them.
Till next time, my friends!
***Products listed above were gifted, but all thoughts are my own.***