Think of your skin as a sponge. It absorbs everything it touches. Sometimes, this process can cause a reaction, due to allergens and irritants penetrating the skin’s layers. Your hands are usually the most vulnerable areas, as they frequently come into contact with foreign objects and materials. This is why Euca created their much-loved Euca Shield, designed to protect skin against nasty substances. When your skin comes into contact with an irritant, you may experience itchiness, dryness, swelling, or in some cases, cracking and bleeding. Euca Shield is specially formulated to protect your skin against common skin irritants that can be found in a variety of products and materials you may encounter at home or at work. It essentially acts as an invisible glove every time you apply it. Even if you use gloves, we still recommend using a barrier cream, as gloves are not 100% effective when used alone. Also, wearing gloves can make your skin hot and sweaty causing discomfort, and many gloves are made from materials that cause irritation themselves. The best part is that Shield now also protects your hands from cross-infection thanks to the inclusion of Phenoxyethanol, a powerful biocide that is effective in eliminating germs. This means that with Euca Shield, you’re not only safe from irritants and allergens, but also from germs. Two for the price of one, what more could you ask for?
When can I use it?
Euca Shield is suitable for everyday use. Its formula is ultra-moisturising and luxurious, containing calendula oil and flower extract as well as naturally occurring fats. However, most people will use barrier cream to carry out a specific task. The most common use for barrier cream is gardening. Apply a layer to keep your skin guarded while planting flowers, laying sod, transplanting bushes, trimming hedges or tending to any other job in the garden. Barrier cream is also used for cleaning, DIY and arts and crafts.
How to use
Applying Euca Shield Cream couldn’t be any simpler. Just let it absorb into the skin before doing any harsh work, before wearing gloves, or any time you want to show your skin a little love. Reapply as needed, especially after washing hands.
What to look for in a hand barrier cream
If you’re on the hunt for the perfect barrier hand cream, here are a few considerations worth keeping in mind.
1. Always choose organic
Selecting a barrier hand cream with synthetic contents is counterintuitive. Too many chemicals can trigger a reaction in your skin. For example, petroleum jelly is an industrial by-product that many people use to treat their skin. While it creates a barrier, it’s been proven that it has no skin-nourishing benefits and can actually prevent skin from functioning properly. Instead, stick to products that contain all-natural ingredients so that your skin is nurtured as well as shielded.
2. Select a product with nourishing skin ingredients
Make sure to choose products that contain ingredients with added skin benefits. Euca Shield contains organic calendula oil and lanolin, and is fragrance-free to give your hands the ultimate TLC.
3. Choose a product that contains a biocide
We live in a time where it’s crucially important to practice good hand hygiene. Why not kill two birds with one stone and choose a barrier cream that also eliminates germs? As mentioned before, Euca Shield contains a biocide so it defends your skin against both irritation and nasties.
Euca Shield ingredients index
Water: Proper hydration levels help the skin to stay plump and improve its elasticity. This makes it less prone to cracks, irritation and blemishes. Propylene glycol: This key ingredient is an effective hydrating agent. It retains the moisture in your skin and allows for absorption of potent ingredients. Glycerine: Glycerine helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, keeping skin looking soft and smooth and slowing down the effects of ageing. White oil: This serves as a protective barrier against environmental conditions or skin conditions. Cetearyl alcohol: This softens the skin. Stearic acid: This functions as a surfactant to help wash away excess oil and dirt from the skin. Stearic acid has been also proven to protect the skin's surface against water loss and help shore up the skin's protective barrier. Lanolin: This calming agent helps to soothe dry or dehydrated skin. Stearate: This helps to remove dirt, bacteria and other substances from the surface of the skin. It also gives a luxurious creamy and “waxy” feel to the product. Triethanolamine: This balances pH levels, and is also a cleansing base. Methylparaben: This prevents fungus growth, preserves ingredients, and creates antibacterial formulas. Calendula Officinalis flower extract: This miracle ingredient has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that have been linked to healing wounds, soothing eczema, and relieving diaper rash. Euca Shield is available in a 500ml bottle. You can also buy in bulk in 4lt, 10lt and 20lt sizes. For more all-natural, eco-friendly cleaning and skincare solutions, browse our range at www.eucaonline.com.au.