Whether we’re looking after our face, hands or body, personal care is incredibly important for our skin, not only to keep our body healthy and clean but also to protect ourselves against potentially harmful bacteria.
As COVID-19 forces us to prepare for a different kind of summer this year, keeping your skin front of mind can be hugely beneficial. From sanitising your hands when in public to boosting your body’s wellbeing with the right vitamins, there are lots of personal care products that can give a helping hand.
The best ways to keep skin fresh, moisturised and protected
The skin on the hands is often the first to show signs of ageing, as they have been exposed to the sun most of the time without SPF protection. It is the sun which causes most of the recognisable signs of ageing we see on the skin, such as brown pigmentation spots.
To prevent more damage to your skin, you should use an SPF 15-30 hand cream whenever you go outside and apply a rich hand cream every day as often as needed when indoors.
When it comes to the rest of your body, if you find it difficult to reach awkward areas when washing or moisturising, such as your back or feet, you may benefit from a long-handled aid. A Long Handled Sponge Toe Washer is designed specifically for the feet, enabling you to thoroughly clean between your toes, whilst the curved, ergonomic design of the Long Handled Back Washer provides full coverage of the back area without the need to over-stretch or strain.
Moisturising after a bath or shower is a great way to keep your skin supple and is especially important as we get older. Using a lotion applicator can reduce the distance you need to bend, enabling you to treat even those harder to reach areas.
If you’re living with a health condition which causes skin irritation, such as incontinence, we would highly recommend using a barrier cream to soothe delicate skin which can be affected by the symptoms of incontinence. By providing a moisturising layer between the skin and any bodily fluids, a good barrier cream should protect your skin from becoming damaged. Please note that barrier cream should not be used with incontinence pads as the cream can prevent the pad from absorbing liquid effectively.
Protecting your hands from bacteria and viruses
As everyone in the UK follows government advice to keep their hands clean during the COVID-19 pandemic, all of us have come to rely on hand sanitiser when out in public. Alcohol based sanitiser gel can offer an effective alternative to soap and water when preventing the spread of bacteria and viruses, and is available to buy in small bottles that you can easily carry in your pocket or bag.
All hand sanitiser can protect against potentially harmful bacteria and may be used in different settings, such as residential, clinical or food environments. The Sursol Hand Sanitiser can kill up to 99.99% of bacteria and helps to keep hands clean, whilst being kind to sensitive skin. Please note that it is not tested for use against the COVID-19 virus.