When I was in Taiwan this summer, I picked up a nifty little tube of gel at a Japanese-import store.
I have extremely poor circulation, which I proved (oh-so-scientifically) with my little mood polish experiment (see here).
I don’t know why, but when I bought this, I didn’t doubt the claim. I didn’t think it was a gimmick. Why? No idea.
Maybe it had to do with the pleasing pictures of thick socks and gloves on the front. Maybe it was the large pink polka dots. Who knows? I put it up on my mental pedestal of greatness.
Ok, that’s not a pedestal, it’s my tripod. But it’s hard to find pedestals lying around these days.
Anyways, I got back to the States and threw it into my closet in anticipation of coming cold weather. I’ve tried this out a couple of times, and here’s the weird thing.
It works on my hands, but not on my feet. I don’t understand this. I followed the instructions to the best of my ability (they were in Japanese, so I was just going off a couple of Kanji characters). I rubbed the clear gel into my hands and feet…and waited. Well, my feet remained cold and numb, but my hands suddenly felt like they were on fire. I should warn you, the sensation you get is quite alarming. I’m not kidding when I say on fire.
I wondered if the sensation was just an intense prickling (i.e., not actually warming my hands). Well, my mood polish manicure gave me the perfect way to test it out. A couple of minutes after I rubbed the polish in, the polish turned from coral to peach, and stayed that way for a few hours. How does it work? I don’t know. Think of it as a handwarmer in gel form.
I’m still confused as to why this won’t work on my feet, but at least my hands won’t be cold this winter!
I bought this for about $7, but you’d probably have to order it online if you don’t live in Asia.
Have you tried Hokaty hand gel (or a similar product) before? What did you think of it?