As regular readers of this blog will know, I suffer from extremely dry hands – a problem that’s mostly kept at bay thanks to the world’s best hand creams. Even so, my thirsty paws can’t resist an extra bit of TLC every now and again, so I thought I’d give Innisfree’s Rose & Rose Hip Eco Finger Mask a try.
Korean beauty brands are like the Willy Wonkas of the sheet mask world, making a veritable pick n’ mix of options for your face, eyes, lips, hands and feet – yep, they’ve pretty much got your whole biology class covered!
What makes the Innisfree Eco Finger Mask a bit different from the usual sheet hand masks is that this one is literally only for your fingers – so rather than covering your whole mitts glove-style, you get ten individual thimble-esque pads full of moisturising goodness. This was great news for me as that’s where my hands really suffer, with the pads of my index fingers, thumbs and cuticles often cracked and peeling (being a beauty blogger is really sexy stuff).
As I’ve mentioned before, Innisfree is a Korean cosmetics brand that believes in getting us the good stuff from Mother Earth, using pure natural ingredients that work wonders for your skin. The Eco Finger Mask is no exception, featuring rose and rose hip oil, which are renowned for their moisturising and rejuvenating properties. I’m normally not a huge fan of rose scents as I find them overly floral but the fragrance here was pretty light and pleasant.
The mask couldn’t be easier to use – simply wash and dry your hands thoroughly, slip each microfiber cotton sheet “thimble” onto the appropriate finger (they’re all sized differently to make for a better fit) and then sit back, relax and take loads of silly pictures whilst the mask works its magic. This means your hands are out of commission for anything useful over the next 15 minutes, so it’s the perfect opportunity to catch up on your favourite TV shows – and that’s a beauty order!
Nevertheless, I do love how the Innisfree Finger Mask leaves your hands more flexible than the other usual whole-hand sheet masks – you can still use your fingers if you don’t mind getting stuff wet and wiping things down later (i.e. for important stuff like pressing play on your TV show). The amount of essence was perfect too; often sheet masks leave a trail of dripping goo in their wake but these had been soaked just so. As you can see, my dogs were very interested in the masks too… what can I say, they have good taste!
After my 15 minutes were up, I ditched the thimbles – you can then rub the surplus essence from the masks onto the rest of your hands and into your nails and cuticles to really get your money’s worth of moisturising (it soaks in very quickly). I was pleased as punch with the results – my fingers were clearly way more moisturised, with no more cracking or peeling to be seen. The finger mask is especially effective on cuticles too; they looked visibly more hydrated so bye bye nasty little hangnails and shrivelled-up nail beds! Even better, your whole hands and fingers feel beautifully soft and smooth too, much more so than after using a humble hand cream. Admittedly, the most striking of those effects do wear off after a while (once you start putting your hands back to work – alas we can’t sit back and watch TV shows all day!), but I do think it made a definite difference to the overall condition of my hands, fingers and cuticles in general.
I’d definitely re-purchase the Innisfree Eco Finger Masks for a quick beauty hand job (snigger) in future. Sheet masks often seem like a bit of a gimmick but these are the real deal – easy to use and super effective. It’s two very well-hydrated thumbs up from me!
Innsifree Rose & Rosehip Eco Finger Mask, $23; see all Innisfree locations in Hong Kong here