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November 2017

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7 Amazing Christmas Gift Ideas for the Man in Your Life

Struggling for Christmas gift ideas for your significant other? Or perhaps you’ve got a tricky dad or brother to buy for?

Don’t panic, as always, we’re here to give you a helping hand to help you overcome this festive challenge.

We’ve handpicked the top trending Christmas gifts that are guaranteed to make your special man merry this year.

Amazon Echo Dot

You should definitely consider treating the man in your life to the Amazon Echo Dot. This extraordinary device is hands-free and purely voice controlled.

You can use Alexa to play all your favourite music from a powerful built-in speaker, which can be enhanced by adding multiple Dot’s to your home.

John Lewis offering a fantastic deal for Health Service Discount members. You can receive 5% cashback with a Health Service Discounts Cashback Card.

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Roku Streaming stick

This incredible device is a great gift idea for any man who loves his films & TV.

You can get Netflix, BBC iPlayer, NowTV, ITV player, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube all on this little stick. It’s powerful enough to support 4K, HDR and HD streaming.

You can get a great deal from Amazon, don’t miss out.

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Game of the Thrones Seasons 1-7 Boxset

Immerse yourself in the fantasy universe of the biggest TV sensation of the last 10 years.

It’s an ideal gift for a loved one, who is in need for a new TV series.

It’s without doubt a good value for money, as it contains all 60-hour long episodes; full of exciting moments.

Shop at Very and get a whopping £20 credit for NHS staff.

*T&Cs apply

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Samsung Gear VR Headset

Give your better half permission to explore new worlds with the latest version of the Samsung Gear VR Headset.

You can experience lots of thrilling adventures, whether it be riding a bumpy roller coaster or fighting the undead, it’s all possible with this revolutionary device.

Just make sure your partner has a Samsung Galaxy smartphone and he’ll be good to go!

Argos are offering a fantastic deal on this product.

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Beard Baubles

Is the man in your life partial to some facial fuzz? Transform his beard into a lively Christmas Wonderland with these colourful clips on baubles.

Warning – this is only suitable for people with a sense of humour, who are willing to spread the festive cheer, so make sure he’ll see the funny side!

You can mix and match 3 for £20 on selected products at IWOOT.

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BOSS The Scent Intense for Him Eau De Parfum Spray 50ml

A gift for you and him. Leave your man smelling irresistible with Boss’s bestselling aftershave.

You can’t go wrong with this popular Hugo Boss fragrance, a classic scent which is a hit with guys of all ages.

Plus, NHS staff are entitled to a 5% discount at Fragrance Direct, so start saving now.

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Armani Exchange Watch

Acquire a hint of elegance with this luxury Armani watch.

This prestigious gold watch is guaranteed to add a touch of sophistication to any man’s appearance.

You can get up to 50% off selected watches at H.Samuel, it’s definitely worth a look.

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Top 4 ways you can save on food and drink this Christmas

It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas; especially when it comes to food and drink.

It’s easy to go overboard shopping for food and drink this time of year but it can be cheaper than you think to feed your family at Christmas.

With a bit of thought and planning, you’ll be able to get everything that you need and have plenty left to get a cheeky extra bottle of sherry.

So, grab a pen and start planning your shopping list.

As with most things in life, planning is key.

It won’t take you long and you’ll be surprised how much pressure it can take off you on the lead up to Christmas. Tailor your festive shopping list around the essentials first and then the luxury items after.

You can prioritize what you really need and things that you want. Don’t have eyes bigger than your belly.

5% NHS discount Booths Christmas hamper.

Want to know the best way to a person’s heart at Christmas?

A food and drink hamper is your answer.

Food and drink is a huge component of a great Christmas, so why not give it as a gift? At booths, you can get an exclusive 5% NHS discount to help make you and your loved ones smile this Christmas.

discount of 10% at M&S

Don’t hold back your cravings!

Is it really Christmas if you don’t sit around the TV drooling over the M&S food adverts? do you hold back your cravings each year to save money? Well, this year get the luxury Christmas food without the luxury prices.

We have an amazing discount of 10% at M&S so you can save and indulge at the same time!

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Get cashback on your Christmas food shop.

Our Cashback Card is available to NHS staff and allows you to claim up to 9% cashback on your Christmas food shopping purchases. You can get up to 3% cashback on your Christmas food shop at Asda, Sainsbury’s, and M&S. All you need to do is top up the card with however much you’re going to spend and pay with it just like a normal card.

You can also use it online or in-store at over 50 of the biggest retailers, including the like of Topshop, B&Q, Boots, Debenhams, John Lewis and much more. It’s super-easy to use and you can save a fortune this Christmas.

If you haven’t already registered as a member, you can sign up here. It’s free to join and you can use any of our NHS discounts.

Happy shopping!

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Who needs the latest phone? Here’s why the sensible money is being spent on iPhone 7

Are you ready to upgrade your phone but struggling to decide which one to get?

I’ll be honest, it’s a tough decision, not least because of the expense.

iPhone 8, iPhone X and Google’s Pixel 2 have launched recently but with their pretty chunky price tags, you ask yourself “is it really worth it?”

You might even be considering sticking with the phone you’ve got. After all, you can still see through that cracked screen and the buttons still work… well, some of the time.

It’s easy to get carried away when you’re upgrading, and Apple are certainly very good at luring you in with all their talk of fancy new features on their latest devices.

Now, stop for one minute.

Take a breath and think about it.

Is a more expensive phone contract with a hefty upfront handset cost really what you want? And more importantly, can you truly afford it? If your honest answer is ‘yes’, then that’s great – go for it and enjoy!

But, if you’ve (reluctantly) come to your senses, then we’ve got the perfect phone for you…

Last year’s bright young thing – the iPhone 7.

And I’ll tell you why:

1. The iPhone 7 is a much cheaper option

iPhone 7 Black

The first, most obvious, and most important point; the iPhone 7 is much cheaper than the 8 and the X.

The iPhone X currently weighs in at a whopping starting price of £999. On a contract, you’re looking at around £79.99 per month, plus £99.99 up front.

The iPhone 8 is coming in at around £849, and on a contract for £49 per month, plus £29.99 up front.

In comparison, you can pick up an iPhone 7 using one of our discounts for FREE, with a monthly contract of just £32.99.

 

2. iPhone 7 looks very similar

iPhone Comparison

Size-wise, there’s not a lot in it. The general look of the phones are very similar too, particularly the 7 and 8.

One of the biggest changes to the iPhone X is the edge-to-edge screen and they’ve removed the infamous Home Button. This does give it a very slick and modern look, but many people are fond of the Home Button and its ease of use.

 

3. The tech on the iPhone 7 isn’t much different

iPhone 7 Tech

The iPhone 7 is similar to the iPhone 8 and not too far behind the X in terms of tech. It still packs an extremely powerful hardware, with great speed and overall performance.

If you are looking for a phone with blazing fast performance, then obviously the iPhone X is going to outshine the iPhone 7 all day long. But the iPhone 7 still holds its own and you must consider whether this extra kick in performance is worth the additional cost.

 

4. The iPhone 7 has an aluminium back rather than the iPhone X glass

iPhone X

One big change for the iPhone X is that the back of the phone is now made from glass. This isn’t great news for all the butterfingers out there, because now there’s not one screen, but two that you have to worry about.

The glass back does add a fantastic look and feel to the iPhone X, that you don’t get from the iPhone 7’s aluminium casing. But having extra protection from the foreseeable shattering after a few wines on the weekend could work out cost-effective in the long run.

 

5. The camera quality is similar for rear, front camera almost identical

iPhone 7 Camera

The camera on mobile phones is a very important part in the decision-making process, everyone needs to take the perfect selfie, right?

You’ll be pleased to hear that there isn’t a great deal of difference between the iPhone 7, 8 and X. They all have 12MP cameras and many of the other features are the same, although the iPhone X has some additional features like Portrait mode and lighting.

NHS and healthcare workers can pick up the fantastic iPhone 7 at a great price using one of our amazing discounts.

Still not convinced? You can still grab some great deals on the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X with our discounts.

 

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Black Friday Week – We’re Going All Out This Year

Do you fancy winning thousands of £££’s worth of prizes every single day throughout Black Friday Week? Then you’re in luck!

Here at Health Service Discounts, we’re excited to announce the big Black Friday Week Giveaway with thousands of pounds worth of prizes up for grabs.

Here’s how you can be in with a chance of winning…

How does the Black Friday Giveaway work?

  • Every day next week, we’ll be giving you the chance to enter our daily prize giveaway.
  • Details of every giveaway will be provided in our newsletters, so you need to make sure you are a member to receive our emails. Don’t worry, it’s free to join.
  • We have prizes worth up to £500, from high street shopping vouchers to treats for your home – everything you need for a perfect Christmas.
  • We’ll send out a newsletter every day with details on how to enter the competition.
  • The winner will be announced in the following day’s newsletter.

What else can you expect?

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Not only are we giving away a host of amazing prizes, but we’ll also be bringing you the biggest and best Black Friday deals all week long.

Each newsletter will be themed, from fashion and Christmas gifts, to tech and home appliances; there really is something for everyone.

We also have a dedicated page on our website which gives you a full list of all the Black Friday discounts, so you don’t miss a thing.

You deserve it!

NHS and healthcare staff work extremely hard all year, so we always do our best to reward our members with discounts to help save them some money on their purchases.

Black Friday Week is certainly no exception, and this year we’ve gone all out to provide the best deals and some amazing prizes.

If you’re not already a Health Service Discounts member, make sure you sign up and keep an eye on your inbox to get the most out of Black Friday Week.

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How to Dress to Impress at the Christmas Party This Year

With Christmas party season nearing, be sure to look and feel confident with our best outfit options for your festive gathering this December.

Before you know it, the tree will be up, Mariah Carey will be blasting out the radio and you won’t be able to escape the break room without spotting a mince pie. Yes, that’s right, it’s nearly Christmas.

Whether it be your annual work’s do or the big family get-together, make sure you’ve got your Christmas party look sorted with our top tips to dress to impress, and how to save a penny or two as you do…

Sequin Style

Stand out for all the right reasons and don some sequins this party season. If you can’t wear a bit of sparkle at Christmas then when can you? Sparkle and shine in a bedazzled dress, skirt or try this glam, flute-sleeve top from Peacocks to add an instant party feel to your outfit. Don’t forget, all healthcare and NHS staff can get an exclusive 20% discount at peacocks.co.uk

Peacocks sequin blouse

Velvet Crush

Try mixing up your textures this season and slip into a velvety number. Perfect for winter as this soft, thick fabric will keep the chills at bay. Give your traditional party frock a break this year and instead opt for an on-trend, chic velvet get-up. Closet London has velvet styles to suit every shape and size, plus save 10% at Closet London.

Velvet Christmas Party Dress

Statement Earrings

Still adamant on sticking to your trusty LBD but want to refresh you look? No problem, this season accessories have taken centre stage and big, bold statement pieces are everywhere. Dress-up your look with a pair of tassel earrings, fun and on-trend. Check out Dorothy Perkin’s wide selection and save 10% off with our exclusive discount.

Fancy Footwear

Put your best foot forward and look fabulous as you do so with a statement pair or heels. Turn any outfit into something a bit more stylish and party-ready with a killer pair from Public Desire. From boots to courts to platforms, they have it all and they won’t break the bank either. Plus, save even further with our exclusive 10% discount.

Public Desire Satin Courts

Don’t forget it’s free to join and use our service. If you’re not already a member, you can sign up here!

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15 Top Toys You Can Save Money on this Christmas

The most wonderful (and often expensive!) time of the year is just around the corner. Every parent across the globe is faced with the mounting pressure off achieving a flawless Christmas; to make it the ‘perfect-day’.

Buying the best presents to keep your kids merry can require time, determination and a large chunk of your bank balance!

We know this can be a stressful time, so we’ve put together the hottest presents that you can save money on to make your child’s Christmas extra special.

1. Luvabella Baby Doll

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Introduce your little one to the latest member of the family with this amazingly life-like doll, which uses artificial intelligence to learn how to interact with your child. She moves, talks, and plays just like a real baby, so make sure she’s well looked after, or she’ll get fussy.

Luvabella is the bestselling toy of the year so far, but there is currently stock on Amazon.

 

2. Fisher-Price Think & Learn Teach ‘n Tag Movi

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This cool little robot is designed to entertain, educate and motivate your children to get up and move! Movi asks questions in his own version of Simon Says, allowing infants to develop their critical thinking skills.

You can get this from Smyths Toy Store, hurry because it’s selling fast!

 

3. Beauty and the Beast Toy Tea Set

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Feel like you’ve entered the world of Disney’s Beauty of the Beast with this instantly recognizable tea set. With four cups, including the delightful Chip and a talking Mrs Potts, it’s sure to create hours of fun and would make a perfect Christmas gift for any fan of the classic film.

Disney are selling it at a discounted price, don’t miss out.

 

4. Paw Patrol Sea Patroller Vehicle

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The Paw Patrol Sea Patroller is in high demand this year due to the increasing popularity of the TV show. This toy includes flashing lights, sound effects, a detachable anchor and a rescue vehicle, all the ingredients needed to sail the high seas. Youngsters are sure to get hours of fun out of this play set.

You can get this from Argos for a great price. Don’t forget, Health Service Members can also get 5% cashback with a Health Service Discounts Cashback Card.

 

5. Star Wars BB-9E App-Enabled Droid

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To celebrate the release of the new Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi (out mid-December), Sphero have a release of their own. This little droid can be controlled and trained with a smart device, and can also interact with other droids such as R2-D2 and BB-8.

Shop at the Disney Store and start your adventure with your new companion.

 

6. Anki Cozmo Robot

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Say hello to Cozmo! Cozmo is a real-life robot and is looking for a best friend to help him settle on Earth and get used to our human ways. This high-tech supercomputer has a mind of his own and a personality that evolves as you spend more time with him. Cozmo is the perfect Christmas gift for your tech-loving child.

You can get your hands on this sophisticated robot from Amazon.

 

7. Anki Overdrive Fast & Furious Edition

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Become king of the road in this Fast and Furious inspired Anki Overdrive starter kit. This app controlled racing track allows you to race against the Toretto crew and even compete against friends and family. Build your own race tracks and drive Dom’s Ice Charger or Agent Hobbs’ MXT in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment.

You can get this from Toys R Us, plus you can get 5% cashback with a Health Service Discounts Cashback Card.

 

8. Mini Stretch Armstrong

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Stretch Armstrong is back, but this time much smaller! Pull him, bend him, tie him in knots, he’ll use his super strength to return to his original shape and size. He returns with a nostalgic look and can stretch to over 5x his original size.

They’re currently in stock at IWOOT, but you have to be quick!

 

9. Nerf Nitro Longshot Smash Blaster

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Bring your stunts to life with the latest Blaster from Nerf. Kids can design and create their own awesome stunts with this powerful blaster. The set includes two foam cars, plus a long jump ramp for long-distance jumping challenges, offering hours of fun.

Debenhams are currently selling this and NHS workers can get 5% cashback with a Health Service Discounts Cashback Card.

 

10. Star Wars Blade Builders Path of the Force Lightsaber

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Every Star Wars fan dreams of owning their own lightsaber, fantasizing they’re on mission to destroy the Galactic Empire and defeat the notorious Darth Vader. With this colour changing model, kids really can feel as though they are battling alongside the Jedi or serving the Sith.

Amazon are selling this, it’s a must have for any Star Wars fan.

 

11. Toy Story Talking Sheriff Woody

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Toy Story fans can have their own adventures with this 40cm Talking Sheriff Woody figure. Pull the string and you’ll hear Woody yell “there’s a snake in my boot!” among his other classic sayings. This faithful companion is perfect for little cowboys and cowgirls everywhere.

Smyths are currently selling this at a discounted price, so, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be nestled safely under the Christmas tree this year.

 

12. Hasbro Gaming Monopoly Gamer

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Hasbro has joined forces with Nintendo, bringing all your favourite Super Mario characters to life, in an exciting game of Monopoly. Play as Mario, Princess Peach, Yoshi or Donkey Kong and try to outwit your opponent with each character’s special powers. Players earn points by buying properties, collecting coins and beating legendary bosses.

This game is guaranteed to offer hours of family fun over the festive season. You can find this on Amazon, but it won’t be around for long!

 

13. Belle Animator Doll, Beauty and the Beast

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Get this adorable Animator doll of Belle from Disney’s Beauty in the Beast.

Disney currently have a great deal on all animator dolls, so you can choose from all your favourite Disney characters including Cinderella, Elsa and many more!

 

14. Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar

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Love Lego? Love Star Wars? Then this is for you… mix it up this year with the limited-edition Lego Star Wars themed advent calendar. Open a door every day and get 24 exclusive Lego Star Wars mini-figures, starships and vehicles, including the iconic Millennium Falcon.

Toys R Us are selling this and Health Service Discount members can receive 5% cashback.

 

15. Horrid Practical Jokes

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Perform hilarious and slightly vulgar pranks on your family and friends with this collection of classic Practical Jokes. Terrify your victims with a selection of 20 believable tricks such as nail through the finger, whoopee cushion, fake dog poo, vomit and loads more; it’s a must have gift for the joker in the family!

Argos are offering this item in their ‘2 for £15’ deal, alongside hundreds of adrenaline pumping products. If that wasn’t enough, NHS workers can also get 5% cashback with a Health Service Discounts Cashback Card.

Remember, it’s free to become a Health Service Discounts member. Sign up today and start saving!

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HUGE Week of Prize Giveaways Coming Your Way!

We’re bursting with excitement here at Health Service Discounts because we have a huge week of giveaways coming your way this Black Friday.

The run up to Christmas is always a crazy time of year and we’ve been very busy securing the best discounts and deals for our members.

But this year, we’re going even BIGGER than ever before!

You work really hard throughout the year looking after our nation’s health. As a small thank you, we want to reward our members with something special this Black Friday.

Alongside our amazing offers, we’re giving away thousands of £££’s worth of prizes every single day throughout Black Friday Week.

We’ll be sending themed email newsletters each day, which will be packed with amazing discounts and details of the fantastic giveaways.

It will be open to members-only, so make sure that you’ve registered with us to receive our emails.

Trust me, you don’t want to miss this.

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A Healthcare Provider’s Guide To Keep Your Hands Soft and Healthy

Studies show that healthcare workers have a much higher prevalence of dry skin and hand eczema than any other profession.

Cracked or tough skin can be uncomfortable and unsightly, and when it’s your hands it’s hard to hide. But fear not, the experts at Hello Skin are giving you the best advice and top tips on how to keep your hands looking and feeling soft and lovely.

As a healthcare provider, your hands are exposed to several stress factors that can trigger contact hand dermatitis.

There are two main types of hand dermatitis:

Irritant contact dermatitis (ICD) is the most common form of dermatitis experienced by healthcare workers. As the name indicates this is caused by substances touching the skin.

Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) is a less common form of contact dermatitis. It can develop at any time in a your career and often happens after ICD has already affected your skin. It is not uncommon to find that you’ve suddenly developed an allergic reaction to chemicals you’ve used for years without any difficulties.

Some of the common symptoms you might experience are:

  • Redness and dry skin
  • Itching and scaling
  • Blisters, bumps and cracks

Changing the habits you’ve build around your work doesn’t have to be hard. Small changes in your routine might just give your skin the daily relief it needs to rebuild and stay healthy.

But be advised: the hygiene protocols at your workplace should always be prioritised and consulted before you implement new actions in your daily regimen.  

In the following, we go a bit more into the details of the irritants you deal with during a shift and how you can prevent and relieve symptoms of hand eczema.

Glove wear

We often think of gloves as a protective measure, but studies have showed that frequent use of gloves is actually one of the triggers causing very dry skin and dermatitis. Determining the exact cause between the link has been difficult, but there a few things to be aware of.

Skincare Gloves

Frequent use, even for small periods of time, can cause skin irritation from friction. Exposing your skin to irritants such as rubber additives and glove powder can be very drying. If it’s possible with your hygiene protocols, try to avoid long exposure to gloves. This can cause clogging of the pores and overhydration, leaving the skin vulnerable to infections and bacteria.

When doing the majority of your day-to-day tasks, wearing gloves is unavoidable. But be sure to limit exposure and only use gloves when it’s really needed – your hands will thank you by the end of a long shift.

Incorporate skin-friendly hand hygiene measures

Over-exposure to water is a major trigger factor for dry skin and eczema. Studies show that nurses wash their hands up to 40 times during a single shift!

Dry Skin

This daily exposure to both water and soap is very drying for the skin, and can cause damage to the skin’s’ natural barriers. It can also harm the re-generation mechanism of the skin barrier, as your hands do not have the time to heal before the next trigger exposure.

Over time, this repetitive exposure to the drying effects of soap and water could cause lasting damage to the skin’s barrier function. In the worst case, your dry skin or eczema might become chronic.

Luckily it’s relatively easy to resolve. Outside of your normal hospital hygiene protocols, try to only wash your hands when they are visibly soiled. Otherwise, go with an alternative such as a disinfectant moisturiser which is less drying for your skin.

When it is necessary to wash your hands, make sure the duration is no longer than it takes for your hands to be clean and rinse off any residual soap from the skin.

Get into a good skincare routine

Dry hands and hand eczema must be managed according to severity. Generally speaking, preventing and soothing dry hands and hand eczema can be done with the right skincare routine.

Moisturisers and creams have been proven to help support the skin’s’ natural barriers, aiding it in keeping in moisture while also protecting the skin from irritants, so try and incorporate regular use of a good moisturiser as part of your daily routine.

Hand Moisturiser

Moisturising products vary in consistency and effectiveness depending on their fat content. In general, the higher fat content a product has, the better it is to treat dry skin. As a rule of thumb, use ointments at night and creams or lotions during the day.

We suggest incorporating a moisturising product specifically designed for very dry skin, which are enriched with ingredients to support your skin’s natural regeneration process. Balneum Cream, for example, is enriched with both urea and ceramides, which are both essential for keeping the skin’s moisture at a healthy level.

Use the product after being exposed to a trigger factor and make sure to continue these routines once your shifts end in order to provide your skin’s natural properties with maximum support. This will help keeping your hands healthy, soft and moisturised and ready for a new day of work.

Health Service Discounts Members can get 10% off a fantastic range of skincare products for dry and sensitive skin from Hello Skin. Get your discount code today!

Source: Textbook of Hand Eczema, A. Alikhan et.al Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014 p.185 – 195