Hand Masks: What Are They And Should You Be Using Them?

Written by Aaron Guldager — November 02, 2018

Hand Masks: What Are They And Should You Be Using Them?

From shiny rings to manicures and nail polish, we love to make our hands look pretty! But to keep your hands looking their best and feeling their softest, you’ll need more than just your manicure every other week.

Extra care for the skin on your hands is a must.

You might be familiar with face masks, but you may not have heard of hand masks. Before we tell you what hand masks are, we’re going to tell you why they just might be the extra love your hard-working hands are craving.


Hard-Working Hands

Your hands don’t get enough credit for the hard work they do every day. Whether it’s typing at the computer, washing dishes, pulling weeds, or performing surgery, your hands are the unsung heroes of your everyday life. 

Your hands get stuff done, but that leaves them prone to premature aging, wrinkles, blisters, and dryness. And because we’re always using our hands, they’re constantly exposed to the elements — cold wind, hot water, and damaging sun (many of us forget to put sunscreen on our hands!).

Even if you don’t work with your hands a lot, you’re probably still washing them frequently. Unfortunately, this hygienic habit dehydrates your skin with each wash.


woman washing her hands in sink


If that’s not bad enough, as you age, you naturally lose skin elasticity. And a loss of skin elasticity contributes to the wrinkles and loose skin on the backs of your hands.

No matter what you do with your hands, at one point or another they’re likely to be dry, cracked, and wrinkly. They deserve some TLC.


Show Your Hands Some Appreciation

If you’re feeling compassion on your hands right now, you might be wondering what you can do to show them some appreciation.

There are plenty of products you can use to take care of your hands: scrubs, lotions, exfoliants, gloves, hand masks, and SiO beauty patches, just to name a few.


small dot of moisturizer on the back of woman's hand


In addition to using the necessary products and moisturizers, you can also take some preventive measures to prevent dry hands.

Wear gloves when gardening, cleaning house, or washing dishes. Remember to put on your winter mittens, and invest in a pair of weight-lifting gloves. Finally, try to keep your hands out of excessively hot water.

When you pay special attention to your hands, you help to keep them soft and supple in the short-term, but it also helps them stay healthy and younger-looking for the long-term.

So whether you’re dealing with dry, cracked skin or wrinkled, aging skin, we’ve got you covered — hand masks and other hydrating treatments (like SiO beauty patches) are just the tickets!


What Are Hand Masks?

Think of a face mask...except for your hands. It’s exactly what it sounds like — creamy, moisturizing, hydrating, nutrient-filled goodness for your hands.

Hand masks work just like face masks. They sit on your skin, infusing and trapping in moisture and nutrients. You apply the thick mask to the backs of your hands and leave it for a while (usually around 10-20 minutes) as it soaks in and works its moisturizing magic.

And hand masks aren’t messy. You can slip on a pair of gloves (or old socks!) while your mask is on to avoid a mask-mess.


hand masks being applied to woman's hands at spa


What are hand masks made of? There are lots of packaged hand masks on the market, made with skin-healthy ingredients like aloe vera, jojoba oil, green tea extracts, and snail (yep, you read that correctly!).

But you can also make many hand masks yourself with things you’ve already got in the kitchen. In just a few minutes you can whip up a hand mask using common foods, like potatoes, avocados, olive oil, pineapples, or bananas.


Why You Should Use Hand Masks

Hopefully, we’ve already convinced you that your hands deserve some extra care. But why are hand masks one of the best ways to show that care?

First, hand masks are excellent at delivering much-needed moisture to your hands. And you already know that your skin needs moisture in order to maintain its elasticity and stay soft, supple, and gorgeous.

Second, hand masks are easy to come by — you can pick them up in a store or make your own in the kitchen.

Third, they’re easy to use. Next time you’re watching your favorite show, slather the mask onto your thirsty hands, and before the episode is over you’ll have softer, more hydrated hands.

No excuse not to use hand masks!


SiO Beauty’s Own Version Of The Hand Mask

Here at SiO Beauty, we know that you want soft, smooth, holdable hands. Because of that, we’ve created a special patch that hydrates and smoothes your hands.

(Expert tip: When people think of skin care they usually think of their face, but we’ve got you covered from your face all the way to your hands, elbows, and knees.)

Using SiO patches in combination with hand masks is a killer way to combat sad hands. Just like hand masks, our patches are also hydrating, easy to come by (delivered straight to your doorstep!), and easy to use.


Take Care Of Your Hands Without Leaving Your House

We told you hand care is easy to come by! If you don’t believe it, here are four ways to take care of your hands without leaving your house.


1) Make A Potato Hand Mask

You’ve probably got white potatoes in your kitchen. Boil one potato, and once it’s cool enough to touch, mash it up with a fork.

Next, add milk or your favorite oil (think olive oil, coconut oil, etc.) and stir it in until it makes a pasty consistency. That’s it!

Apply the mask to your hands, let it sit for around 15 minutes, and then wash it off with water.


2) Use Pineapple Or Banana Pulp As A Mask

Don’t worry about gathering more than one ingredient. You can use either a banana or a pineapple to make this mask.

Simply mash up a banana or use the pulp of a pineapple to make a fruity, vitamin-filled hand mask. Let the yummy nutrients soak in for several minutes and then rinse with warm water.


clear bowl of mashed banana with whole bananas in background


3) Make A Lemon Mask

If you’ve got sunspots on your hands, this mask may even help remove them! Just mix up lemon juice, honey, and baking soda so that it forms a spreadable paste. 

Apply the paste as a mask on your hands and leave it for several minutes before rinsing with water. But be careful! If the lemon irritates your skin, go ahead and take it off.


4) Use Sio Beauty Patches

Treat your hands to a hand mask during the day and to Sio beauty patches during the night. The patches work while you sleep to hydrate and plump your skin, leaving you with soft hands when you wake up.

Get a set of hand patches delivered right to your house and use them every night! No mess and no ingredients required.

Oh, and did we mention you can reuse these patches up to 10 times? Take them off when you wake up and use the same ones again that night.

Wave Goodbye To Dry, Wrinkly Hands

Now that you know about the benefits of hand masks and SiO Beauty patches, there’s no time to waste!

With a little bit of dry-hands-prevention (like remembering to wear gloves) along with using hydrating products like hand masks and SiO patches, you’re on your way to a great hand-care routine. You can start waving goodbye to dry, wrinkly hands today!

hand mask