Skincare products for hospo hands
Whether you’re in the kitchen, behind the bar or pumping out coffees, you’ll be familiar with the perils of a “hands on” job. From fungal infections to cracked and dehydrated skin, most hospitality professionals have harmed their most valuable assets at work. Frequent hand washing and constant contact with liquids and hot surfaces are just some of the countless ways in which hands can be damaged. To help you maintain healthy hands, we’ve compiled a list five essential products to keep them in their finest form.
Coffee Supreme Barista Soap
New Zealand-founded coffee roaster Coffee Supreme teamed up with ethical soap producer Sphaera to create the Barista Soap bar. Working that daily grind, barista hands are exposed to hot milk wands, steam, boiling water and harsh chemicals. Made with organic and fairtrade coconut butter, coffee grinds and coffee-infused olive oil, Barista Soap works to both scrub and nourish yours hands without vinegar or chemicals. Not only do the ingredients help to cleanse your coffee-stained hands, but they are also completely sustainable, made entirely from plant-based materials.
Terrasil Anti-Fungal Treatment MAX
From mixing drinks to polishing glassware and plunging your hands in a well of ice every minute, every bartender will be familiar with the fungal infection paronychia, otherwise known as “bar rot”. Aidance Scientific’s brand Terrasil has formulated an anti-fungal treatment specifically to rescue the hands of bar staff, killing off the fungus quick smart. The formula combines natural moisturising ingredients like nutrient-rich jojoba oil, beeswax, which contains vitamin A, tea tree oil and peppermint oil to soothe irritated skin, as well as its own patented blend of zinc oxide and magnesium oxide to facilitate a faster recovery so you can get back to work as soon as possible.
Australia’s Manuka Active Jellybush Honey
Cuts and burns are part of the job. The pain is inevitable. Praised for its healing and antibacterial properties, Manuka honey has long been used to treat wounds. Also known as Jellybush honey here in Australia, the medical grade bee-product offers a long list of sweet benefits that go beyond taste. Australia’s Manuka Active Jellybush comes in a variety of strengths, all suited to manage wounds, cuts and burns. Add the 20 Plus tube to the first aid kit in the kitchen to dab onto wounds to lower the risk of fungal or bacterial infections.
Plunkett NS Working Hands Intensive
Plunkett NS’s Working Hands Intensive cream is a non-greasy, non-slip hand treatment formulated to instantly restore dry, cracked, calloused or split hands. Because it’s fast drying, you can apply it at work without fear of sliding on your knife handle. The repair treatment contains vitamin E, honey, allantoin, rose hip and aloe vera to soothe skin, while kaolin stops the skin from feeling greasy. Applied three times daily or as needed, it helps to nurture your skin and create a protective barrier on the skin’s surface to prevent your hands from falling back into old, uncomfortable habits.