Health & Beauty, Life & Style

Remedies for Washed Out Hands

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I don’t know about you, but in our household, all this extra hand-washing is really taking its toll.

Whilst handwashing is one of the best preventative measures against infection, as well as staying home if you aren’t a key worker, constant washing is tough on hands. Here are some of my favourite moisturising soaps and moisturisers to help washed out hands in these dystopian times:

Dook Soap

Packed full of organic coconut oil and richly moisturising raw shea butter, Dook’s soap bars are a treat for dry skin.

Their credentials are pretty impressive too – with all of their soaps being free from palm oil and parabens, as well as being cruelty-free and plastic-free. Going that extra bit further, all their soaps are packaged in 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper and card.

Dook’s soaps are made up of 50% salt, which sounds drying, but I’ve certainly not found this to be the case – each wash delivers a creamy lotion-like lather.

Whilst this is the most expensive bar in this roundup, at £9, owing to the salt content Dook’s soap bars are hard and very long-lasting. Some soaps go mushy after a week or two of use: not this one!

Little Soap Co.

We are using Little Soap Co’s, Eco Warrior Moisturising Hand & Body Bar (£4.50) at the moment to hydrate our hands, and it’s a hit with all of our hands – from the littlest to the oldest.

Made with 99.5% naturally derived ingredients and free from detergents, SLS, sulphates, alcohol, parabens, sorbates, silicones and synthetic preservatives, Little Soap Co’s range is also vegan and plastic-free, and Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free. I would prefer it to be palm oil-free too, but at the moment Little Soap Co appears to be making steps in the right direction.

Soap Daze

Soap Daze is a long-standing favourite of mine. I’ve always found their handmade soaps to be rich and moisturising, and this unscented Oatmylk Soap (£6.50) is a great choice for sensitive skins. Oatmeal is known to be an anti-inflammatory and can help calm skin irritations. What’s more, Soap Daze soaps are palm oil-free, cruelty-free, plastic-free and vegan friendly. An unpackaged bar is available if you wish to eschew packaging, and will save you £1 on your purchase too.

Hand Creams

To give dry and washed out hands a boost the product I swear by most is Skin Food by Weleda.

I’ve been using Skin Food for years and years and years (this post in which I first declared my love for it stems from 2013!), and I swear it’s magic in a tube. This incredibly rich and moisturising cream makes it a great choice for a facial night cream, but is equally great on elbows, knees, and, you guessed it, hands subject to a lot of washing. I tend to have a tube on me at all times.

Packaging wise, it’s packaged in a recyclable metal tube and a cardboard box. Please note, Skin Food contains beeswax, so it isn’t vegan friendly. If you’re after an effective vegan hand cream then do try this Weleda one.

Families, Life & Style, Whole Family

What We’re Watching

the repair shop
Image: Jolly Roger Accordions

How are you doing? No, how are you really doing?

We are hanging in there. Tempers get frayed and there is a lot of asking for snacks. We try to video call family everyday, and most of all, there is a lot of TV watching, which I have accepted as par for the course.

Here are a few things that we are watching – for grownups and for kids – when I’m not watching some of my favourites (I may be one of the few still really enjoying Homeland). These all have a nod to sustainability, so are basically educational, right?

The Repair Shop

If you haven’t seen The Repair Shop before then you are in for a treat. I flipping love this show. Described as an antidote to throwaway culture, The Repair Shop brings together a team of Britain’s most skilled and caring craftspeople, who lovingly and painstakingly rescue and resurrect items their owners thought were beyond saving. Together they transform priceless pieces of family history and bring loved, but broken treasures, and the memories they hold back to life.  I would say they work actual magic.

Find it: BBC iPlayer

Blue Planet II

This stunning nature documentary narrated by David Attenborough is a treat for the eyes. Exquisitely filmed, it’s an amazing look into our fragile marine environments and the wildlife who reside here.

The final episode focuses on the environmental impact of plastic waste, and really is a must-watch. This episode, in particular, takes an unflinching look at the impact of human activity on marine life, with David Attenborough delivering a powerful rallying call to do more to protect the environment.

Find it: BBC iPlayer

Junk Rescue

If you have kids, then Junk Rescue is a great one to get their creative juices flowing. Combining traditional crafts and creative child-led makes, Junk Rescue makes sustainability fun, showing how the things we throw away can be turned into something useful. I love how it helps kids (and grownups!) to see the value in repurposing and repairing disposable items, and you and your kids might get some ideas for some fun makes!

Find it: BBC iPlayer

Molly & Mack

Molly & Mack isn’t explicitly about sustainability, but it is clearly there in the background. I personally love that it isn’t shouting about sustainability but just quietly trying to normalise it.

Molly and Mack tells the story of eight-year-old Molly and her 18-year-old brother Mack, who runs a vintage toy and record stall in The Big Hub – an indoor community market. The series follows Molly’s fun adventures with Mack, her friends and the eccentric but loving group of people who run the various secondhand stalls and community facilities.

Championing recycling and reuse, Molly and Mack really highlights the efforts of a small community can take to improve their lives by hard work and through the love of others.

Find it: BBC iPlayer

What are you watching right now?