Seasonal Survival for Sensitive Skin with Cuticura*
A few weeks back, I was sent some products from Cuticura's new Sensitive range, which aims to provide hand hygiene for those with sensitive skins, offering products which are alcohol- and fragrance-free. Having suffered with eczema my whole life, I definitely count myself amongst the estimated 52% of people in the UK who suffer with sensitive skin, and was keen to see how Cuticura's Sensitive range would compare with the harsh, alcohol-based hand sanitiser I'm used to using at work.
Alongside soothing ingredients such as Aloe Vera and Chamomile to care for the hands, products in Cuticura's Sensitive range are formulated to kill 99.9% of bacteria. Now I know a lot of people like to keep a hand sanitiser in their handbag for use on-the-go; personally, I'm not a fan of this practice as I do believe that exposure to bacteria is important and healthy, but I understand there are certain cases where it may be necessary. I only use hand sanitiser at work, and have been carrying Cuticura Sensitive Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel* (£1.49/50ml) in my pocket to apply throughout my shift in place of the gel from work's dispensers. I've found it takes a little longer to absorb than traditional hand sanitiser (which can be awkward when I need to put gloves on ASAP!) but it's worth it as it is far less drying to my poor hands. Used alongside a good hand cream (check out this post for five of my favourites!) my hands are far less dry than they would usually be at this time of year.
Also included in the range are Anti-Bacterial Hand Wipes* (£1.49/12 wipes), which I'm keeping in my car; I can see these being particularly handy if you have small children who may need their hands cleaning on-the-go. There's also the Anti-Bacterial Hand Foamer* (£3.25/50ml), which is similar to the Hand Gel but releases a measured dose of foam each time, making for easier application. This is a little bulkier than the Hand Gel so probably won't be ideal for keeping in my pocket at work, but would fit easily into a handbag or desk drawer.
I was also sent a tin of Cuticura's Mildly Medicated Talcum Powder* (£2.79/150g), which is formulated with Allantoin to soothe irritated skin. This is designed with dry skin conditions in mind; it may seem counter-intuitive to use a product designed to absorb excess moisture on skin which is dry to begin with, but actually, if your skin is sweating, it can begin to rub and chafe, which leads to more irritation. A gentle talcum powder like this is ideal to reduce these problems, and I've been using this after going to the gym; it's not such an issue for me in October but I know during the summer months I often get patches of eczema in those areas that can get a bit sticky, like the backs of my knees, so I'll be interested to see how this helps.
I'm really pleased that Cuticura have addressed the problem of hand sanitisation for sensitive skin as, particularly as the weather gets colder and skin conditions flare up, it's important to look after our hands. When skin gets dry and cracked it actually becomes a problem in terms of infection control so for nurses and the like, you're defeating the object a little if your hand sanitiser gives you these kinds of problems! I think the Cuticura Sensitive range is really reasonably priced and it's great to see some alternatives to traditional alcohol-based hand sanitising products; I'm really pleased to have been introduced to it. Have you tried anything from the Cuticura Sensitive range?