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Should guys use hand moisturisers?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

When I have a problem, I look for solutions. It does not matter if the solution is frowned upon by people sometimes because I am very practical. For example, for many years now, I have been using hand moisturisers. Are some of you frowning now? A guy using hand moisturiser? Well, if that's your reaction, you are a sexist! Think about it. ;)

Why did I start using hand moisturisers? For one reason, to prevent paper cuts! I work in an office which is air conditioned and has very dry air. As we grow older, our skin also gets drier. Working with documents and pushing paper daily, I was a victim of multiple paper cuts. Just the thought of it makes me cringe! Ouch! Solution? Use hand moisturisers. Keeping our skin moist and supple will reduce paper cut incidents.

Over the years, I have used many different hand moisturisers. I like Nivea and Jergens as they are inexpensive. Actually, from time to time, I would find these on special offer at Guardian Pharmacy. You could get a small tube for $1.95 and they are perfect to go in your briefcase, slingbag or handbag.  Of course, these days, we have manbags (i.e. the male version of handbags). Here is a photo of one I carry in my slingbag all the time:


I go to bed with the air-conditioning on the whole night and that is very drying. So, I use a moisturiser for the hands and feet before I go to sleep. For the feet too?  Yes, for the feet too. After a hard day at work with walking and standing, that's exactly what our feet need. Massage the moisturiser into our feet and we will feel a big difference before going to dreamland. For that, I use an "atas" (Malay for "upmarket") moisturiser from Aesop. Here is a photo of the pump size version which I have on my bedside table:


They also come in tubes which I buy for use when I travel and as gifts for friends. LP, the blogmaster of Bully the Bear, has threatened me with decapitation before because Mrs. LP likes the moisturiser so much that she has bought another two tubes thus far. Sigh, the unexpected perils of a well liked gift!


Another one which I like is from Body Shop. Now, I do not usually like products from Body Shop but I like this hand moisturiser because of the almond scent. I have a weakness for almond. It is less expensive compared to Aesop at less than half the price. I always wait for a sale at Body Shop before buying anything from them. Unlike products from Aesop, I do not think it is worth paying the full price for any Body Shop products.


If you are a guy and if you think that hand moisturisers are only for females, think again. ;-)


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10 comments:

Isaac said...

Hey AK,

I never really liked to use moisturiser cuz it gives me the oily feeling. I hate the oily feeling!

Then again, I do get my fair share of paper cuts pushing paper now. Maybe I should adopt this habit during work too. ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi AK,

The body shop having discounts now :) can stock up liao
Btw, u must have smooth skin haha

JL

AK71 said...

Hi Isaac,

There are oil based and water based moisturisers. Try the "atas" brand I talked about. That does not leave any oily feeling and absorbs well into the skin. ;)

AK71 said...

Hi JL,

I am not sure if The Body Shop is having a discount now but I did buy the moisturiser at a discount. I would not advise stocking up moisturisers which are usually sold in plastic containers because the plastic would eventually get into the moisturiser over time.

However, the "atas" brand I mentioned uses metal tubes and not plastic ones. Those are perfect to stock up on. Unfortunately, they almost never give discounts. :(

Smooth skin? Actually, I think I have dry and scaly skin. Haha..

Anonymous said...

Real Dudes use moisturizers.
I do Vaseline Intensive Care (the white bottle) - works for me.

Jimmy

AK71 said...

Hi Jimmy,

Thanks for sharing your personal experience although I don't like Vaseline because it seems to leave a slightly plastic like feeling on my skin. I am sure it works for certain skin types but not mine. :)

Anonymous said...

The Vaseline Intensive Care (the white bottle), something about Moisture Rescue, works very well for me. Had survived humidity as low as 28% in some travels (using 1/2 a bottle within 8 days) and a bit here & there while at home & office.

Somehow, it doesn't leave an oil suntan-lotion kinda feel nor the smell.

Anyway, all our skins are different.

PS: I will only get the Made In Thailand or Made In USA edition. The MIC edition just CIM and I was wondering if it was a fake.

SnOOpy168

AK71 said...

Hi SnOOpy168,

The only time Vaseline worked for me was when I was travelling during winter in temperate countries like Japan and Korea. The weather being much drier, water based moisturisers were simply not potent enough.

Thanks for sharing your experience. :)

Anonymous said...

Hey AK,
Try PHYSIOGEL lotion, for head to toe, i love..... it
JO;)

AK71 said...

Hi JO,

Thanks for sharing this. I will keep a lookout for it! :)

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