Extreme hand-washing in lockdown

drawing of woman in pyjamas doing extreme hand washing with red and bleeding hands

Did somebody mention moisturiser?

I’m pretty sure I bought some hand cream once… but where did I put it? In lockdown my hands are red and almost scabby. Eczema? Skateboard injuries? Obsessive cleanliness? Fight club?

I could say, “You should see the other guy.”

Instead, it’s “Pass me the Skin Repair, Ursula.” Extreme hand-washing is to blame.

19 thoughts on “Extreme hand-washing in lockdown

  1. Roadtirement says:

    Your illustration is spot on. Bravo.

  2. Sadje says:

    You are not alone.

  3. cedar51 says:

    go online, order some from ?The Market Place…I believe all these items are “essential”

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      I’m beginning to understand that now.

  4. Perhaps you will find some at the back of a cupboard. I was tidying up a bathroom drawer (now there is time for this) and was pleasantly surprised to find pottles of vitamin E cream and bee balm long forgotten. And there’s always the tin of Rawleighs when things get really rough. I hope you make such discoveries too. In The Handmaid’s Tale, I seem to remember that butter was used in the absence of hand cream – a desperate measure.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Butter! No, I’ve found something and all (!) I need is a new habit.

  5. prue11 says:

    Try olive oil or similar, very good! Do you use face moisturiser? Excellent for hands! 🥰

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      I really do have moisturiser — just hopeless at remembering to use it!

  6. My hands have never been so bad! I use lotion regularly, but it isn’t enough. Oh, well. Washing hands is one of the best things in this war against the virus.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Hands will bounce back. And yes, they are doing good work under the t

  7. alison41 says:

    I can identify. Ouch – my poor hands.

  8. Damyanti Biswas says:

    We are all in together in this.

    1. Damyanti Biswas says:

      Sorry about the typo! I meant to say that we are all together in this.

      1. Rachel McAlpine says:

        Either way, you still make sense.

  9. Dan Antion says:

    It has me using hand cream for just about the first time in my life 🙁

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      I will now follow your example.

  10. Elizabeth says:

    I hate the feel of hand cream, but I have had to overcome my aversion since I hate the look of distressed hands even more.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      That pretty much sums it up. Plus, we would hate to get Covid-19 even more.

      1. Elizabeth says:


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