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Wash your hands of sub-par soaps

  • Paula Begoun, who has been formulating and reviewing skin-care products for 35 years, recommends a body wash for the hands. She likes the ingredients in Aveeno’s Skin Relief Fragrance Free Body Wash.

  • For seriously dirty hands, Maryland artist Margaret Boozer, who works with clay and other messy materials, says there’s nothing better than Permatex Fast Orange Smooth Lotion Hand Cleaner ($7.82 for 15 ounces, amazon.com). (MUST CREDIT: Amazon.com)

  • An owner of a restaurant group with six restaurants surely washes her hands countless times a day. Renee Erickson, a chef and cookbook author in Seattle, likes unscented soaps for a work environment. But for home, where one can have more fun, she says, "I have become a big fan of L:A Bruket's cucumber and mint soap from Sweden" ($28 for 81/2 ounces, labruket-usa.com). (MUST CREDIT: L:A Bruket)

  • "Testing recipes all day long requires a lot of hand washing, so we are hand soap experts as well as recipe testing and developing experts," says Stacy Fraser, test kitchen manager at EatingWell magazine. "To keep our hands from becoming overly dry and irritated, we like to use mild, natural soaps with botanically derived light fragrances." One of the test kitchen's winners is Mrs. Meyer's Lavender Hand Soap, which uses aloe vera gel, olive oil and essential oils ($3.99 for 121/2 ounces, mrsmeyers.com). (MUST CREDIT: Mrs. Meyer's)

  • For those who prefer bar soap over liquid, Jenny Liu, a dermatologist and professor at the University of Minnesota, recommends the Dove Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar ($6.88 for six four-ounce bars, walmart.com). "In general, I like mild cleanser bars and liquids with minimal to no fragrance to prevent dry skin," says Liu, who runs the blog Derm Talk. (MUST CREDIT: Dove)



Washington Post
Friday, September 15, 2017

There’s a time and a place for getting your hands dirty: cleaning the house, working in the garden, cooking in the kitchen. Afterward, though, you’ll need a good, reliable hand soap, preferably one that doesn’t damage the skin it’s meant to protect.

“Most ingredients are very drying and very fragrant, and fragrance is always a problem for sensitive skin,” said Paula Begoun, founder of Paula’s Choice Skincare.

We asked Begoun and others who wash their hands a hundred times a day – a test kitchen expert, a chef, an artist and a dermatologist – to tell us what they use to get squeaky clean.

Begoun recommends a body wash for the hands. She likes the ingredients in Aveeno’s Skin Relief Fragrance Free Body Wash.

For seriously dirty hands, Maryland artist Margaret Boozer said there’s nothing better than Permatex Fast Orange Smooth Lotion Hand Cleaner.

Renee Erickson, a chef and cookbook author in Seattle, likes unscented soaps for a work environment. But for home, where one can have more fun, she said, “I have become a big fan of L:A Bruket’s cucumber and mint soap from Sweden.”

Stacy Fraser, test kitchen manager at EatingWell magazine, said the kitchen uses mild, natural soaps like Mrs. Meyer’s Lavender Hand Soap.

For those who prefer bar soap over liquid, Jenny Liu, a dermatologist and professor at the University of Minnesota, recommends the Dove Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar.