I purchased a single-use Hanacure facial for myself around Christmas of 2017. After seeing all the rave reviews and before and after pics, how could I not? Without giving too much away, I'll admit that I was impressed with my first experience. But then, it dawned on me that we've been seeing results from single uses of this all-in-one facial on other sites, rather than regular, prolonged treatments.
It's like this: we all know that a topical beauty treatment is usually not worth using if it's only applied once (unless you already have amazing skin, of course) so why not go all in and try the recommended amount of facials, which according to Hanacure and the controlled trials, is twice per week, for an entire month. Hanacure was kind enough to supply what I needed for this review, but the opinions are completely my own!
Originating in South Korea, this K-beauty product is marketed as being unlike the others. Promising results after just 30 minutes, this cruelty-free, dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic, and formulated without parabens, phthalates, and sulfates formula ticked off all the marks on my beauty product checklist. It also contains the patented CO2 OctoLift™ technology partly responsible for the dramatic skin transformation.
The makers of Hanacure recommend using this product twice per week for a month until you see your desired results. After that, all you need to do is use it for maintenance. The cost for a single treatment (one gelling solution, one lifting serum, and one brush) will run you $29 and a month's supply (four gelling solutions, four lifting serums, and one brush) is $110.
So you have an idea of what I'm working with here, I'll give you a little background on my skin and the other products I used throughout this trial. I have the occasional breakout on my face, and I also have some redness and hyperpigmentation around my nasolabial folds, chin, and sometimes forehead. That redness can turn itchy and get out of control, so my derm prescribed a face wash that I use as needed with ketoconazole in it. Aside from that, I rely on rosehip seed oil and Andalou Naturals cleansers and moisturizers. As far as wrinkles, I have some faint fine lines (the “elevens”) between my brows and smile lines, but didn’t try Hanacure primarily for wrinkle reduction, though it is aimed at helping in that area.
Hanacure arrives in clean, minimal black and white packaging, but I love the less-is-more modern look anyway, so it was really visually pleasing to me. The set of four comes with a single brush, for reuse with the four gelling solutions and lifting serums, as well as a nano emulsion sample, though I received an additional eight with my order and one in each box of four treatments, for a total of ten. Not sure if this is standard. However, the nano emulsions samples look to be just that--samples--as I can not find this for sale on the Hanacure website.
To create the solution that will be applied to your face, ever so slightly peel back the corner of the gelling solution, and pour in the lifting serum from the little glass bottle. Hold the corner back down to create a seal and shake the covered tray for 20 seconds. Next, you'll use the brush to swipe the gel all over your face.
Being that this was my second experience with the product, I knew what to expect regarding the mask's notorious tightening, so I went ahead and applied it all the way down my neck without fear of being strangled to death during my at-home facial.
While the product dries it sort of makes you question where the hell this is all going, but once you're over the whole looking like the Crypt Keeper thing, you get to reveal some seriously baby soft skin about 30 minutes later. The mask is a piece of cake to wash off, unlike clay treatments and the like, but will leave your skin very red for about an hour or two after. In addition to tightening, I also noticed a hot, tingling sensation while the mask was drying. That feeling carries over for a couple hours after the mask is removed, as well.
The first treatment made my skin very smooth to the touch but left a lot to be desired in terms of instant or dramatic initial results. Hyperpigmentation remained and the texture appeared to be about the same as before. Looks like I'll be the type who actually needs several treatments before seeing desired results, if any. One down, seven more to go...
I definitely saw a breakthrough around the fourth-treatment mark. This is when my skin started changing for the better. It’s like I had layers of dull skin that needed exfoliating and the deep treatments that Hanacure provided helped reveal what was really underneath. I noticed that I could go longer without the need for my prescribed face wash, my redness was much improved and the overall texture and pigmentation on my face was more even. Breakouts, aside from menses-related blemishes, were gone.
I seriously wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this all-in-one mask to everyone I know. In fact, I’ll be placing an order again in the near future for the maintenance treatments the beauty biz recommends once you get your skin to the desired state. And, for your convenience, here’s a little breakdown of the Hanacure pros and cons I noticed along the way.
- A lot of people might find a single treatment a bit pricey at $29 per application
- There’s so much product in one treatment, I feel I could've gotten two facials from a single application
- Though I appreciate the airtight seal, it was difficult for me to pop the lids off the bottles at times
- Plastic packaging waste
- Takes some coaxing to get the serum out of the bottles
- Skin is red for hours post-treatment
- Feels cool and refreshing when applied
- Very easy to wash off-- water is all you need to remove the mask
- Although it's intimidating at first, steps for mixing the treatment are super easy
- Very generous amount of product
- Applicator brushes can be washed and reused for other things
- Once your skin has reached your desired results, Hanacure is only needed for maintenance
- I liked the warm tingle--made me feel like it was working
My skin is more oily, and the blemishes and redness are creeping back in, despite my usual cleansing regimen, which means the Hanacure mask was really doing wonders for my skin. As with everything, consistency and maintenance are key, making this little, power-packed facial a new mainstay in my routine.
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