Hong Kong’s third wave of CoViD-19 has reminded us of the importance to practise good hand hygiene.
When news of CoViD-19 first broke, the World Health Organisation said that washing your hands regularly was the best way to prevent transmission of the virus, along with social distancing and wearing a mask in public.
According to Hong Kong’s Department of Health, washing one’s hands with soap and water for 20 seconds will do the trick. If water and soap are not available, you can also use a 70 to 80 percent alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
However, over-washing with antibacterial soaps and sanitisers for the umpteenth time — while important — may have also been the culprit behind the now-common occurrence of chapped and dry skin. Luckily for us, a number of luxury hand care products have come out on the market that are slightly kinder to our hands while still keeping clean.
From newly introduced luxury sanitisers to lines created to soothe dry skin, here are five brands that would certainly upgrade anyone’s hygiene routine.
Byredo’s Hand Care Range consists of a line-up of a Hand Cream, Hand Lotion, Hand Scrub, Hand Wash, Fragranced Soaps and a Rinse Free Hand Wash. All products in this range promise to leave your hands feeling soft, supple and nourished along with cleansing them of any harmful bacteria or germs. The range currently has four different unique scents — Vetyver, Suede, Rose and Tulipmania — that customers can choose from.
HK$ 270–500 from Lane Crawford
English botanical beauty brand Bamford uses organic and natural ingredients to create their Bamford Hand & Body Lotion and their Botanic Hand Cream. The Hand & Body Lotion, scented with geranium, rose and jasmine, uses phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals to help replenish the skin. The equally soothing hand creams features aloe vera, honey and golden jojoba to keep your hands, nails and cuticles soft and hydrated.
HK$ 270–315 from 10/10 Hope
Aesop’s Hand Care line is extensive with various types of hand washes and hand balms available. They have also launched the Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash — an alcohol based, non-sticky gel rub that you can keep in your pocket and whip out when your hands need sanitising on the go. But at home? You’ll want to upgrade your bathroom by splurging on the Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm and Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash duo to keep your hands smooth and moisturised and clean.
HK$840 from Net-A-Porter
Stocked at hotel spas and five-star venues alike, Margaret Dabbs London is known for combining medical science techniques and beauty treatments to create their hand and foot products — all prizing the unconventional, but ultra-nourishing ingredient: Emu oil. The Hand Sanitiser and Nourishing Hand Wash are two products that are worth the try: The hand sanitiser not only keeps your skin germ-free, but also has anti-ageing properties, while the hand wash is formulated with hempseed and olive oils to cleanse and soothe your skin.
HK$208–450 from Net-A-Porter
Luxury brand Grown Alchemist has come out with an antiseptic, non-drying gel hand sanitiser, available in large or portable formats. Formulated with 70 percent Ethyl Alcohol extracted from Cane Sugars, with Hyaluronan and anti-oxidants, the Hydra Gel Hand Sanitiser hydrates while protecting your hands from signs of premature ageing and being stripped of moisture. Other active ingredients include coconut oil, cold pressed sweet orange oil and sweet almond oil. Customers can also use the Grown Alchemist Age Repair Hand Cream with sage and sweet almond oil to moisturise after a long day.
HK$90–330 from 10/10 Hope