Hands Up

March 31st, 2020

March 31st, 2020

Hand hygiene is key at the moment with the need to wash and sanitise our hands more regularly than usual to help prevent the transfer of the corona virus.  This can have an impact on the skin, leading to dryness and irritation.  Here’s our round up of hand products to help you during this unprecedented time.

Soap & Hand Wash

According to a recent article for the Guardian, Pall Thordarson (Professor of Chemistry at the University of New South Wales, Sydney) said “viruses can be active outside the body for hours, even days.  Disinfectants, liquids, wipes, gels and creams containing alcohol are all useful at getting rid of them – but they are not quite as good as normal soap.”  No need to be anxious if your local shop has run out of hand sanitiser.  Soap is just as good as a disinfectant.  Here are some that will kill germs and be kind to skin.


R&R Luxury have a 100% Natural Shea Soap Duo (£7); consisting of Lavender and Peppermint to rejuvenate and Honey and Oatmeal to soothe skin R&R Luxury are a sustainable, ethically sourced brand and soaps contain ethically sourced palm oil from Ghana.  Available from randrluxury.


Shower gel can be a good alternative to hand soap if you’ve run out – men-ü ultra concentrated Shower Gel tanks (£26.85) can last five times as long as a standard shower gel its size.  They have low waste recyclable packaging and there are refills available.  A 500ml tank is equivalent to 2 litres and can last up to six months.  Available in black pepper & bergamot and citrus & mint.  Available from men-u.


Kielhl’s Liquid Hand Soap Grapefruit (£18.50) is an ultra-gentle wash with a  zesty fragrance.  Created with mild coconut-derived cleansing agents, aloe extract and chamomile, it will keep hands soft and balanced, regardless of how often you wash them.  Available from kiehls and escentual.


Tisserand Rose & Geranium Leaf Hand Wash (£7.95) leaves hands soft, cleansed and delicately scented.  Enriched with pure essential oils blended with aloe vera, grapeseed and pomegranate, the moisture-rich formula will leave hands soft and smooth after each use.  Available from tisserand and escentual.



You should wash your hands wherever possible, but if you can’t then a hand sanitiser is a useful and convenient option.  To be effective they need to contain at least 60% alcohol and you should cover every bit of skin on your hands.


Neals Yard Organic Defence Hand Spray (£6.50) made with a purifying blend of organic niaouli, lemongrass and witch hazel.  Kills 99.9% of bacteria.  Certified organic and vegan approved.  Available from nealsyardremedies.


BeYou Hand Sanitiser (£6.99) The medical grade alcohol gel is dermatologically tested and effectively kills over 99.9% of bacteria fungi and viruses on the surface of the skin. Non-greasy and never sticky, it won’t distrupt the skin’s natural moisture.  Contains 60% alcohol.  Available from cultbeauty and beyouonline (plus beyou are giving away one sanitiser free with each on line purchase)


Jeremy Meek and James Vincent’s Rebels & Outlaws NYC Magick Hands Conditioning Hand Sanitiser ($15) contains conditioning glycerin and aloe as well as oils of sage, peppermint and eucalyptus and finished with clear quartz.  Can help cleanse your mind as well as clean your hands.  Contains 60% alcohol.  Available from rebelsandoutlawsnyc.


Previse DermApothecary Hand Sanitiser (£5.50) Previse have retooled their production lines to produce this new sanitiser.  Fortified with 75% alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and added conditioning glycerin.  Naturally free of parabens, petroleum, mineral oil, PEGs, phthalates, synthethic fragrances and dyes.  Available from wolfandbadger.


Hand creams

Washing your hands every 30 minutes can strip the skin of moisture.  Apply a nourishing hand cream to keep them soft and smooth.

Soap & Glory Hand Food (£6) is enriched with a softening cocktail of macadamia oil, vitamin E, shea butter and marshmallow root extract.  This wonder cream deeply nourishes skin without leaving a residue.  Currently 1/3 off (£4) online at boots so worth stocking up.


MOR Correspondence Hand Cream (£12.00) will ensure hands are hydrated and protected.  Containing a rich combination of argan oil and shea butter that deeply moisturises and soothes skin, hands will be smooth and delicately scented throughout the day.  Available in a range of fragrances from feelunique and waitrose.


Amanda Harrington Ultra Balm (£16) is an incredibly nourishing barrier cream, perfect for extra dry skin.  Infused with sweet almond oil, coco butter, aloe vera and allantion it’s a real multi-tasker.  You can also use before you apply self-tan and it will protect the delicate areas where tan notoriously collects, such as hands, feet, elbows and knees.  Available from amandaharrington and Harvey Nichols.


L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream (£7.20) contains a super smoothing 20% concentration of shea butter to moisturise and provide a protective barrier against external aggressors.  Added honey and sweet almond extracts are blended with the aroma of jasmine and ylang-ylang essences.  Antioxidant vitamin E ensures skin is protected from ageing free radicals.  Available from loccitane and escentual.


Eucerin UreaRepair Plus 5% Urea Hand Cream (£9.00) is ideal for rough, cracked skin.  The balm-cream formula intensely restores comfort without stickiness.  It works to bind essential moisture into the skin with a 5% concentration of the skin’s own moisturising agent urea plus lactate for lasting hydration.  Fragrance and colour free.  Available from eucerin and escentual.



Frequent washing and sanitising often leads to dryness and irritation, so give your hands some TLC and a hit of moisture with a handmask – allowing you to pamper and still scroll through Instagram!

Skin Republic Nourishing Avocado Hand Mask (£5.49)  The dual-layer mask contains avocado, hyaluronic acid and vitamins  to intensely nourish and soothe for velvety-soft hands.  Provides all-day moisture

Skin Republic Nail + Cuticle Hand Mask (£4.49)  Promotes longer, stronger, healthier looking nails and cuticles, whilst moisturising and softening.  Helps to visibly improve condition of nails damaged by gels and acrylics

Both available at online stockists including theskinrepublic, superdrug and boots.




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By Sarah Dann

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