House3
CLOSE
MENUCLOSE

This Sheet Mask Saved My Dry, Winter-Ravaged Hands

Skin Care

An at-home pampering spa experience in just 10 minutes

Friends don't let friends miss out on all the cool, under-the-radar things they know about, like which little-known beauty brand is low-key making the best highlighter around. And because we consider our readers to be like friends, we gather together all our best finds in our Don't Sleep On This series. Check in every week to see what things we can't wait to share with you.

The world may be obsessed with skin care, but the focus tends to lie solely on our faces, overlooking the rest of our bodies. And unfortunately, even as someone who works in beauty and is typically drowning in products of all sorts, I'm just as guilty. With that said, my hands and nails are always desperately in need of some TLC.

Look, I'm a busy person. It's rare that I have the time to sit through a manicure, and when I do my own, it's often a mess. My cuticles? Raggedy, sometimes bleeding. My hands, overall? Dry and cracked, and once it hits a certain point of the year (like, right now), they're in such bad shape, it hurts.

Sure, the logical solution would be hand lotion and a good pair of gloves, but, believe me, I've tried. I own a good five or six pairs of gloves—leather, fuzzy, etc.—and wear them virtually never, because I wear too many rings each day to fit gloves over them, and, apparently, I value my jewelry more than not having sandpaper-like skin. And don't even get me started about the dozens of fancy hand lotions I have tucked away in various parts of my bedroom, vanity, and desk that go unused. No matter how fast-absorbing they claim to be, I just can't be bothered with the greasy after-effects.

It wasn't until recently that something came across my desk that changed my neglectful habits once and for all: Patchology's Perfect Ten Self-Warming Hand and Cuticle Mask. This luxurious hand mask (kind of like a sheet mask for your hands, if you must) boasts smoother, softer hands and cuticles in just 10 minutes. I was skeptical but figured I'd give it a shot.

The silver mittens reminded me a bit of the plastic booties I've worn every time I've tried Baby Foot (or an alternative product), however, they are a lot less goopy and weird. They use the same insulation technology as space blankets, locking in your natural body heat to warm things up, allowing the coconut-infused formula to better penetrate my cracked hands. While it's not a very intense warming sensation, it certainly is nice and relaxing—and the perfect way to kick back after a long day while catching up on Bravo shows.

The after-effects were exactly what I was hoping for: smooth, soft, and rejuvenated hands, slightly plumped and glowy rather than looking like they needed a tall glass of water. And, unlike with lotion, I didn't spend 20 minutes rubbing my hands together, trying to get all the grease to soak in. For $10 a pop, it's much cheaper, easier, and faster than heading to a salon, and in the wintertime? It's proven to be a lifesaver.

This quick pampering session has led me to take better care of my extremities in general, and I've now made this treatment a weekly ritual. I still don't wear gloves or use the various tubes of Byredo in my desk drawer, but my hands now look a lot less shitty. If I could only learn how to paint my own nails with more skill and precision than a five-year-old, all my problems would be solved.

Snag your own mask set and treat yourself to a bit of R&R at Patchology.com.

NYLON uses affiliate links and may earn a commission if you purchase something through those links, but every product chosen is selected independently.

Photos by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for The Trevor Project

Delevingne shared why they chose now

Last week, Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson officially confirmed the rumor that they're dating, with Delevingne posting an Instagram video of the two of them kissing. Now, in a new interview, she revealed why they confirmed the rumors. Basically, it was in celebration of Pride.

In the interview with E! News at the TrevorLIVE Gala, Delevingne was asked why the pair chose this moment to take their relationship public, and she answered: "Because it is Pride, it's been 50 years since Stonewall happened, and I don't know... It's been just about our one year anniversary so, why not?"

Why not, indeed? Delevingne also said that the kissing video was "just a little something," which makes sense. After all, the couple were recently spotted lugging around a kinky sex bench, so some simple kissing must feel pretty elementary.

At the Gala, Delevingne shouted out Benson during her speech too, though not by name. "I also have another very special woman in this room to thank and you know who you are," she said. "She's one of the people who help me love myself when I needed it most and I really needed it. She showed me what real love is and how to accept it, which is a lot harder than I thought." I'm swooning.

True
FROM THE WORLD WIDE WEB
Photo courtesy of HBO.

"I will not not be rich"

Spoilers for Big Little Lies Season 2, episode two, ahead.

We got a lot of curveballs during last night's episode of Big Little Lies.

Keep reading... Show less
True

Here's how some members of the LGBTQ community answer this question

For Pride, MOBI gathered over 40 LGBTQ community members and supporters to discuss exactly what community, identity, and pride mean to them. Led by MOBI visual director LaQuann Dawson, they revealed how they each found community, and how their identities led them to where they are today.

Keep reading... Show less
True
1f2c3f
c3ebf8
Asset 7
MORE in VIDEO

Speaking to the founders of SheSpoke, which is revolutionizing the bespoke beauty experience

With a highly saturated beauty industry and an ever-changing number of brands that are focusing more on diversity in their makeup collections, one company is looking to change the game by allowing consumers to take the reins of what they want for their beauty.

Keep reading... Show less
True
Photo by Lloyd Pursall.

"I don't regret it at all. I mean I'm a man, and as a man, you do real things."

In 2017, Atlanta-based artist iLoveMakonnen (or just Makonnen) had already experienced exhilarating career highs and disappointing lows. Drake had hopped on a remix of his viral hit "Tuesday," and then signed him to his OVO Sound label in 2014. Hits like "I Don't Sell Molly No More" and "Look at Wrist" on his first album, I Love Makonnen, put him on track to be the next best thing in rap. Makonnen was part of a class of rappers and producers who were expanding the trap genre to broader audiences. But problems with OVO led to a delay in a follow-up album, and so he parted ways with the label and, later, announced a short-lived retirement from music. Then in January 2017, Makonnen tweeted that he was gay.

Keep reading... Show less