As many professional tradespeople will know, working with common workplace abrasive building materials and contaminants such as oil and grease can affect the skin.
Many in the workplace resort to disposable gloves to protect the hands, but these in turn come with their own problems and the cold and wet weather we experience during the winter months only increases the risks. Redness, soreness and even occupational skin disorders such as dermatitis are more prevalent at this time of year and can seriously affect the skin, proving that skin care is a growing issue for those who work with their hands.
With the recent launch of the TOUGH by Swarfega range to celebrate the skin care expert’s 70th birthday, a new product is now being added to the range to help tackle this problem. TOUGH Gel Moisturiser is designed to be used as an after-work cream for general use to maintain the skin’s natural barrier function, and prevent skin drying out.
In the winter months, cold and wet weather can be particularly harsh on the skin. When the humidity drops, the air is colder and dryer and moisture in the skin tends to evaporate more quickly. This means that moisturisers are even more important at this time of year.
The TOUGH by Swarfega Gel Moisturiser is ideal for the winter months; easily absorbed, the gel can be used on the hands as well as the face, which are the most commonly-exposed areas, and replenishes the skin after cleaning.
When protecting skin on the hands, the Gel Moisturiser is best used alongside TOUGH Protection Cream and a carefully matched hand cleaner. Protection cream helps make the skin easier to clean and helps to strengthen the upper layer of the skin, which means that a gentler hand cleaner is required after a shift. This is in turn kinder on the skin in cold weather. The Gel Moisturiser then effectively hydrates stressed skin and replenishes any lost moisture. The combined use of all three products is the best way to protect the skin against harsh winter weather.
Recommended usage is to apply TOUGH Protection Cream before each work period, ensuring hands are clean before applying. When using disposable gloves, Protection Cream should be applied before each fresh pair. Swarfega recommend using this as part of a 3-step skin care routine; protection cream, hand cleaner and moisturiser.