This New Eye Massager Promises to Get Rid of Dark Circles, Puffiness, and Fine Lines—But Does It Work?

Kristen Bateman
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I think I was born with dark eye circles. For as long as I can remember, there’s been an almost-blue tone underneath my eyes and—while my friends and family claim not to notice it—it’s something that’s made me slightly insecure throughout my life. Along with that, I also experience some major puffiness around the start of spring and summer.

Even with all the eye creams I’ve tried, I’ve only ever noticed a slight difference—maybe some slight brightness, but I still retain the dreaded dark circles and puffs. Which is why when I read about Foreo’s new illuminating eye massager, I knew I had to try it. The device promises not only to reduce puffiness, darkness, and lines, but also makes a claim that your serums and creams will be better dissolved.

I’m familiar with Foreo’s first product, the Luna, a vibrating cleansing device, and have been a big fan for the fact that you almost never have to charge it, and it doesn’t require any replacement products (such as new brushes) like some of its competitors do.

Before trying out the eye massager, I was also curious to see how a dermatologist would react. “I haven’t found a single topical product or device that can hold a candle to a little bit of Botox for those eye lines that are so bothersome,” said Dr. Scott Dunbar of Schweiger Dermatology Group.

OK, cool. But I’m 23, and definitely do not aspire to fill my face with injections just yet (or ever), so Foreo’s product really spoke to me. Plus, I’m someone who appreciates natural approaches to skin care. The gadget is inspired by Asian finger-tapping massages, which are supposed to help circulation and increase skin brightness along with other benefits—all without any needles, chemicals, or plastic.

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I discovered there are two ways to use the massager: “Spa Mode,” which is a more pronounced experience that includes different pulsations and is meant to replicate the feeling of tapping, and “Pure Mode,” which stimulates the feeling of a manual massage and is suggested for less aged skin.

It’s super easy to use—just hold the hook-shaped end under the contour of your eye, or above the brow, depending on where you feel your problem areas are. You’re supposed to target each eye for 30 seconds, making the total treatment last only a minute, and it should be used morning and night for best results.

What I found from trying both methods was this: My dark circles definitely didn’t disappear overnight, but the de-puffing was obvious. Almost immediately, my under-eye area felt refreshed and smooth. (Also, the treatment itself was also pretty relaxing—I did it before bed while reading a book.) Since I don’t feel that I have intense wrinkles, I can’t quite judge the product on how well that works, but for now, I’m glad I’ve found a natural way to decrease the puffiness I’ve always hated—and plan to stick with it.