As a healthcare professional, practising good hand hygiene is an essential part of your job. You are always required to perform hand hygiene before and after patient care, after coming into contact with open wounds, or when touching any object near a patient. However, with frequent handwashing, you end up with dry, irritated hands. Therefore, proper hand care is an extremely important part of the medical workers’ daily routine.
Threats to nurses’ skin
Doctors and nurses face more work-related threats to your skin’s healthiness, making your hands dry, cracked and irritated. In many cases, these risk factors can trigger more severe skin problems, such as contact dermatitis.
- Frequent handwashing
As a health specialist, you probably wash your hands more often than anybody else. Research shows that healthcare providers might need to clean their hands as many as 100 times per 12-hour shift. While for other people, washing their hands 6 -10 times a day should be enough to keep their hands clean. Handwashing helps prevent the spread of disease as well as protect yourselves. The downside is that it draws the moisture away from your skin, leaving your hands dry and tight.
- Exposure to harsh chemicals
Apart from repeated handwashing with soap and the use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers, nurses are exposed to other harmful chemicals in their workplace. Cleaning products, detergents, sterilant or disinfectants, and pesticides are just a few examples. These substances can further irritate dry hands, causing cracked and painful skin.
- Prolonged glove-wearing.
Healthcare workers are also required to wear disposable gloves on a daily basis. Damaged skin associated with glove-wearing is a common issue among healthcare professionals. Wearing gloves for long periods increases the risk of developing dermatitis.
Best hand cream for nurses
Choosing the right hand cream can effectively help repair dry and work-damaged hands. We recommend trying our Tough Hands intensive hand cream range. Tough Hands is Australia’s No.1 hand cream, approved by dermatologists.
Tough Hands intensive hand cream is a functional hand care product designed to repair dry, rough, cracked and callused hands. Its non-greasy, triple-action formulation contains natural AHAs, which helps to soften hard calluses and thickened skin. A superb Natural Moisturising Factor UREA works in conjunction with other moisturising agents including sodium PCA and glycerin, to deeply nourish dehydrated skin and replace lost oils from frequent handwashing, keeping your hands soft and supple.
Tough Hands is also a repairing cream. It is enriched with natural vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that soothes irritation and relieves stressed skin. Specially formulated with antimicrobial tea tree and lemon myrtle extract, this hand cream works perfectly to promote the healing of cracked skin and minor cuts.
Last but not least, Tough Hands hand cream protects your skin with dimethicone, an ingredient that forms a thin, greaseless film on top of the skin. This protective film enhances the skin’s moisture barrier and guards the skin against harsh chemicals and environmental aggressors. Dimethicone keeps your hands healthy even after loads of handwashing, which is vital to a healthcare professional’s daily routine.
Dry and stressed hands are more prone to premature aging. For those looking for a little extra in your hand cream, Tough Hands for Her is the one for you. This anti-aging hand moisturiser does more than intensive hydration and long-lasting protection. It is indulgent with peptides, an ingredient proven to promote collagen production, bringing you plumper and younger-looking hands. With added brightening agent niacinamide, Tough Hands for Her revives dull skin and reduces skin pigmentation.
The best hand cream for hardworking hands
For anybody who has dry skin or is constantly exposed to harsh environment at work, Tough Hands and Tough Hands for Her are the best creams you can find in the market. Here are some of the reasons why our Tough Hands hand cream is recommended by so many people.
“DU’IT Tough Hands is an incredible product. I work in construction and had terrible cracking at the end of my fingernails. The pain was at the point that it would wake me up at night. One day after using the product, the pain had lessened, and I could see the skin beginning to heal. On the second day, the cracks were no longer raw and had shrunk by a third of their sizes.” – Ian
“Being a domestic cleaner, my hands are constantly in contact with various cleaning solutions and in and out of water. I’ve been using Tough Hands for a month, and the results are remarkable. No more chaffed hands or splits. I would recommend this product to anyone who has extra dry or work-damaged hands.” – Tracey
“As a flight attendant, my hands are always exposed to a dry environment on the plane, and I need to wash my hands frequently, so a good hand cream is a must-have. Tough Hands for Her comes in a handy 75g size and fits conveniently in my bag. I love its non-sticky formula and it absorbs quickly into your hands. This hand cream relieves my dry hands and leaves them soft.” – Beatrice
Tough Hands and Tough Hands for Her truly live up to their claims to deliver visible results in 1 day. What’s more, out Tough Hands hand cream is made in Australia, and it’s Australia’s No.1 hand cream* (IRI data, Grocery & Pharmacy, 2019). It’s not too late to upgrade your hand care routine with this scientifically formulated and clinically tested hand cream. Tough Hands hand cream repairs and protects your overworked hands.