Fall in the US might mean golden leaves, all things pumpkin spice, boots and cozy sweaters. But to me it also means dry, cracking skin. I don’t know if it’s the cold air, the drying indoor heat, or some combination of both that leaves my hands rough, flaking and very painful. Starting last year, I decided to proactively address this issue with a series of preventative measures to hopefully avoid cracking to the point of seeing actual blood.
Leave it to the world of Korean beauty and skincare to come up with a mask for every need. Of course, they make special ones just for hands, like this Innisfree Special Care Mask. Each pack comes with two gloves. The gloves are plastic but have a layer of “fabric” on the inside that is saturated with the nourishing serum full of hydrating and moisturizing components such as peony, honeysuckle, green tea, orchid, and peach extracts. The masks are available individually and in multi packs on eBay and Amazon.
How to use:
After cleansing, put on the gloves over dry hands
Leave on for 10-20 minutes.
Discard the gloves and massage the remaining product in
I use them as instructed, but after massaging the hands for 1-2 minutes at the end, I rinse off any remaining product (with just water, no soap) and apply a nourishing cream - usually this one. Otherwise, my hands feel a little sticky. I typically use these before bed, and I’m happy to report that they do not affect my nail polish/gel/etc.
These hand masks are a life changing thing! My hands are smooth, soft, no
cracks in sight. The cuticles and small calloused spots around the nails soften nicely. The serum in the mask is thick and doesn’t drip or leak out of the gloves, which is great. The holiday season is fast approaching, and these would make a great gift to anyone. Highly recommend and will definitely buy more.
Innisfree Special Care Mask Hand ingredients: WATER, DIMETHICONE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERIN, ALCOHOL, CETYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PEG-100 STEARATE, BETAINE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, POLYACRYLATE-13, POLYISOBUTENE, FRAGRANCE, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, CITRUS PARADISI (GRAPEFRUIT) FRUIT EXTRACT, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DIMETHICONOL, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, POLYSORBATE 20, DISODIUM EDTA, UREA, POLYGLYCERYL-3 METHYLGLUCOSE DISTEARATE, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CITRUS UNSHIU PEEL EXTRACT, OPUNTIA COCCINELLIFERA FRUIT EXTRACT, ORCHID EXTRACT, CAMELLIA JAPONICA LEAF EXTRACT, CETEARYL GLUCOSIDE, METHYL GLUCOSE SESQUISTEARATE, PAEONIA ALBIFLORA ROOT EXTRACT, LONICERA JAPONICA (HONEYSUCKLE) FLOWER EXTRACT, SOPHORA ANGUSTIFOLIA ROOT EXTRACT, PRUNUS PERSICA (PEACH) LEAF EXTRACT, GINKGO BILOBA LEAF EXTRACT, SCUTELLARIA BAICALENSIS ROOT EXTRACT, CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, PORTULACA OLERACEA EXTRACT