We are on high alert as most of us resumed work at the office and slowly braving the outdoors after months of staying at home, and this means religiously cleaning our hands with antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers.
While this hygienic practice is significantly reducing the risk of COVID-19 spread, you'd notice signs of dry, peeling hands from overusing sanitisers and alcohol solutions. As Dr Roxana Daneshjou, a researcher and dermatology resident at the Stanford University School of Medicine, explains, “you’re stripping away the oils on your skin that are the natural barrier, but you’re also exposing your skin to things that are irritants to it.”
Since dialling back on handwashing during a pandemic is not an option, there are measures you can take to replenish your hands’ moisture levels and we have the perfect guide for you!
LE NOMADE ARTISANAL BAR SOAP BY ORRIS
Tailored for dry skin, this bar soap from Orris (@orrisparis) uses turmeric to form a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory solution that soothes dry and dull skin for the face, hands and body while the choice of sheep’s milk within, helps to gently nourish and help retain moisture.
Le Nomade is an ode to hunter-gatherers using cedarwood and cypress to bring the narrative to life – far from the city and engulfed by diverse terrain and wildlife. Each of their handcrafted cold-process soaps is blended with a luscious concoction of sustainably-sourced shea butter, olive oil, cocoa butter, coconut oil and castor oil to ensure that skin is deeply fed with rich nutrients.
Available on Orris official website.
RESURRECTION AROMATIQUE HAND WASH BY AESOP
If your preference is towards liquid soap, Aesop’s (@aesopskincare) hand wash is crafted with a gentle formulation containing oils of mandarin rind, rosemary and lavender. As part of the company’s sustainable efforts, this formulation can be purchased as a refill without a pump, using 12 grams less plastic, while the bottles are made of 97% post-consumer recycled PET.
Available on Aesop website and all Aesop stores.
ESSENTIAL CARE LAVENDER MULTIPURPOSE CREAM BY COSMYDOR
This lightweight, vegan hand and face cream is blended with 99.5% organic ingredients, including kernel oil to effectively seal in moisture and jojoba oil to rebalance ashy, dry skin. If moisturising regularly throughout the day is entirely impossible, we recommend you apply two coats in the evening before bed as a hand mask.
Its calming lavender properties can also act as an aid for a good night’s sleep.
Available on Net-a-Porter.com.
YOUTH REVEALED RESTORATIVE TECHSTILE HAND MASK BY NANNETTE DE GASPE
This waterless treatment hand mask is a state-of-the-art creation. The technologically advanced infusion system transports active ingredients to the skin – leaving you with firm and supple hands. In comparison to what’s widely available in the market, this could be hygienically resealed and used up to 3 times.
Like a sheet mask for face, lightly massage your hands after use to allow excess product to absorb effectively.
Available on Revolve.
REJUVENATING HAND PEEL BY SUSANNE KAUFMANN
Prevention is key when it comes to prolonging the signs of ageing at any age. Susanne Kaufmann’s (@susannekaufmann_) colourless hand peel is made with smart sensor technology, so the soothing particles activate and dissolve seamlessly into your skin once it reaches body temperature.
To functionally fight early signs of aging, the formulation is packed with anti-inflammatory vitamin B and shea butter and olive oils. We highly recommend following each treatment with a moisturiser to seal in those active ingredients.
Available on Net-a-Porter.
SO RICH VITAMIN-E INFUSED CUTICLE OIL BY NCLA
If your cuticles need a little extra TLC, this NCLA (@nclabeauty) product infuses vitamin E and sunflower seed oil to seal in moisture, leaving you with perfectly prepped tips. Besides aesthetic reasons, the maintenance of cuticles prevents any bacteria from entering our natural barrier.
Available on NCLAbeauty.com.