The Face, Feet, and Hand Masks You Need Before Summer
by Tia Williams
Published May 14, 2014
Spring is a time for renewal, new beginnings, starting over! Which can be really exciting. Who isn’t thrilled about adding colorful accessories to your wardrobe and getting away with rocking white nail polish (so sexy in warm weather, so pale-enhancing in the winter)? Along with switching up your wardrobe and makeup routine, spring is the perfect moment to up the ante on your skin care regimen. Especially since winter can truly wreak havoc on your skin.
Thanks to dry, cold air and relentless artificial heat, your skin can get parched and flaky—and those dead cells not only clog pores, they also can leave your complexion looking dull and lifeless, not to mention ashy spots on your hands, (unsexy). Arguably some of the worst symptoms of winter woes, though, are the corns and callouses that come from rocking wool socks and heavy boots for months.
Good thing the top brands have come out with masks formulated to moisturize and nourish the face, hands, and feet. Here are our faves!
Lancôme Purifying Mineral Mask with White Clay ($35) works in just five minutes to bring ho-hum skin back to life. Not only does it lessen the appearance of large pores, it refines skin and clears out all the gunky buildup accumulated during colder months. Instant radiance.
IROHA Regenerating Intensive Treatment Hand & Nail Gloves ($9) are lined in a deeply hydrating serum which blends peach, grapefruit, and orange fruit extracts—all of which brighten, repair, and seriously hydrate. Simply slip on the gloves for 15 minutes and allow the magic to happen.
Avon Foot Works Beautiful Lavender Clay Mask ($5) softens hardened, rough winter feet with skin-sloughing microbeads (incidentally, it also smells heavenly). You massage the mask over feet and ankles and rinse off after five minutes. Callouses don’t stand a chance.
Tia Williams has been a beauty editor for 15 years, at publications like Elle, Glamour, Lucky, and Essence.com. Back in 2005, Tia created one of the first beauty blogs, Shake Your Beauty, where she wove her love of products through hilarious vignettes from her life as a beauty expert and mom living in Brooklyn. She’s also written several books, including the best-selling novel The Accidental Diva and supermodel Iman’s The Beauty of Color. Follow Tia on Twitter @shakeyourbeauty.