Eye to Eye
If five-minute computer breaks and palming aren’t enough to relax your tired eyes, try soothing them with a massager.
OSIM UGALAXY $258, from Osim and www.osim.com
THE FIT This luxe massager fitted snugly and kept the light out. THE MASSAGE There are two massage intensities – low and high. The massage was very comfortable on low, but the squeezing became more intense on high. I liked how the pressure targeted my temples and the area around my eyes. I could also turn on a vibration mode during the massage, but the device kept slipping off my face because of it. Using the “light” setting, it felt like I was wearing goggles that changed colour – creative but unnecessary as I wanted to close my eyes during the massage. It is the only one that plays ambient music through speakers at the sides – very soothing although the massager emitted a loud buzz. Like the rest, it can warm your eyes as it massages. THE CONTROL The wired control runs only on batteries (unlike the others tested, which also work when plugged into a power socket), making it the heaviest in the line-up, as the batteries are stored in it. However, the buttons are easy to figure out. OTHER FEATURES It’s foldable and comes with a sleek, semi-hard case. It also has a timer option for five-, 10- or 15-minute sessions. VERDICT A sophisticated, albeit loud, device that gives a powerful, targeted massage. 8
EBENE BIO-RAY EYE THERAPY & CONTOUR LIFTING MASSAGER $129, from BHG, John Little and OG
THE FIT The easiest to wear – I just strapped its elastic band with a Velcro strip around my head.
THE MASSAGE It gave the lightest massage but the strongest vibrations. There are five massage intensities, but the pressure was mild even at the highest level. If you like a more intense massage, add the vibrations, which come in 15 rhythms and are powerful enough to make your cheeks shake. The low and high heat options warmed the tops of my eyes comfortably.
THE CONTROL It took me some time to figure out how to adjust the settings.
OTHER FEATURES It comes with a pack of disposable eye masks to drape over the massager’s eye pads – useful for keeping the device clean. A timer option lets you choose between 10-, 20- and 30-minute cycles.
VERDICT An easy-to-wear massager that gives a mild massage on a longer cycle. 7.5
GERMAN POOL EYE MASSAGER ME11 $99, from www.honeybay.com THE FIT A snug fit, but a small gap between the gadget and my nose let light through. THE MASSAGE There are three massage intensities – the massage was fairly comfortable at level one, but the pressure was stronger at the higher levels. The pressure was also more intense on my lower forehead, while my under-eye area felt underworked. It’s the only one without a vibration mode, but has heat options (low and high) that warm my forehead comfortably. THE CONTROL With only power/heat and massage-intensity buttons, it is the simplest to operate. There are no timer options – you get a standard 15-minute massage on a default lowpressure and low-heat setting. OTHER FEATURES The device can be folded in half, so it’s space-saving and travel-friendly. VERDICT A basic, easy-to-use device that gives a moderately comfortable massage. 7.5