How to: Fresh Enzyme Hand Mask

Pictured: a previously undiscovered hand model sporting the latest in fresh-food mask fashion. Even though there isn't much in the way of eye candy here, I'll bet you are going to want to make and use this gunky concoction more than once.

It's a hand mask.

Why Masks for Hands

This summer, I developed quite a few masks for this course and as I needed to photograph them and am not the most well-versed at selfies (to put it mildly), my hand became an impromptu mask photo model.

Color me surprised at the immediately visible results when I removed the first mask. It didn't even occur to me that a hand mask would work as well as a face mask. My model hand was brighter, fresher, and smoother. The 'hand wrinkles' even seemed diminished. (my husband could see it too)

I've been doing hand masks ever since, and that's what we're going to get busy with today.

And to answer your question, yes.

You can Put This Mask on Your Face

The secret to this mask is the bromelain-rich ingredient: fresh pineapple. And if you don't have fresh pineapple on hand, you can substitute with fresh kiwi, papaya, or pumpkin as these fruits also have a natural content of enzymes.

Tip: canned fruit isn't suitable - it's gotta be fresh!

If you stick to these proportions, you can pretty much tailor this mask to what you have on hand  - choose the clay you want (check this page for a mini-guide on cosmetic clays), use any dry extract (or powdered herb you like), and any carrier/fixed oil of your own choosing.

The following is enough for one application.

Shall we get busy?

LisaLise’s Fresh Pineapple Enzyme Hand Mask

Ingredient Grams Ounces
Fresh Pineapple 35 1.23
Fullers Earth Clay 7.5 0.26
Dry Ginseng Extract 2.5 0.09
Sweet Almond Oil 6 0.21


1. Grind/chop the pineapple until smooth and transfer to a small bowl
2. Add dry ingredients and stir until homogenous
3. Add oil and stir
4. Apply to backs of hands in a thick layer
5. Allow to sit for 15-20 minutes
6. Remove mask, rinse and pat dry.

Do Tell

Have you ever made a fresh food hand mask? What did you use? Please share in a comment below.

PS. There's a whole section on fresh food masks in this book :)

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Jade Forest Co. said…
Lise, you beautiful woman. I am younger than you and my hands do not even look close to how young your hands look! You could definitely be a hand model for sure! Prettiest hands around😋😋😋This post is perfect timing for dry cracked winter hands! Now that the gardens are getting put away for the winter, it's time to treat the hands to little luxury 😋and I bet it smells delicious too!
LisaLise said…
Awww Jade you just warmed my heart. Thank you so much :D
Nermeen said…
Wow I should try this.. My hands need a lot of care
LisaLise said…
Hi Nermeen - I'd love to hear your feedback if you do :)