When the temperature drops a little bit, it’s time to put on your hockey gloves, isn’t it?
You’ve been working hard all day, playing hard all day, and now it’s time to recover and refresh for the next game. As you peel off your sweaty palms, there are a few things you may want to avoid if you don’t want to end up with an odor problem.
Pay Attention To Cleaning And Washing
Wash your hands before and after using them, especially if you are going to be in an area with a lot of dust or dirt. You can also use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser, although these are more expensive.
Many people are under the assumption that just because your hands are wrapped in a protective covering, that your hands are clean. The truth is, the majority of the dirt and germs are staying on your hands and going through the glove to get to the knuckle. The only way to avoid this is by washing your hands before and after using them. This is where the sticky water and the slippery soap come in.
Only Use Natural Skincare Products
It’s important to use products that are natural and safe for your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin or if you are trying to avoid certain products due to allergies. If you do suffer from sensitive skin, it may be best to try and find different products made for those with sensitive skin.
Avoid using products with sulfates, which are often found in cleansers, as they will strip your natural oils and leave your skin dry and dull. Many people with sensitive skin also suffer from allergies, which makes it even more important to use skincare products that are safe.
Avoid Excess Hand Moisturising
Just because your hands are now dry doesn’t mean that you need to slap on some moisturiser. Your hands are already naturally moisturised, so adding more won’t do any harm, but it also won’t do any good. Try and let your hands air dry naturally if you can. If this is not possible, it’s best to use a hydrating serum instead, as this will help restore your natural oils.
Use Effective Deodorisers
Having nice-smelling hands is extremely important to us. Even if you wear gloves all day long, it’s still desirable to have smelt-free hands. If you live in an area where the air is particularly thick with germs, it’s important to use products that will help eliminate this odor. A simple wipe with an antibacterial or antiseptic cloth will help clean your gloves as soon as you take them off.
Certain gloves have an antibacterial coating on them that inhibits the growth of bacteria. While this coating does a great job at preventing odor, it also makes the gloves less suitable for use. Always choose antiodor-treated gloves if you are going to be near or in an area where there is already a lot of moisture or dirt. Additionally, latex gloves with antislip properties reduce the slippage on the palm side, meaning less wear and tear on your hands and more enjoyable athletic activities. The downside is that they are more expensive.
If You Must Use Disposable Gloves, Try And Get Natural Fibres
You may need to use disposable gloves at some point while playing hockey. These are easier to clean if you need to wash them, as well as being cheaper. While it would be best to use gloves made of natural fibres, such as wool or silk, it is also acceptable to use artificial ones. Just make sure that they are very thin and comfortable, otherwise, you may find yourself tossing them aside more often than needed.
Finally, Dry Your Hands Well
You should always dry your hands well after using them. This helps prevent bacteria from growing on your skin, as well as being more comfortable when washing your hands. If you are going to be near or in an area with a lot of moisture, make sure to splash some water on your hands to get rid of any excess moisture. Finally, use a good hand sanitiser after handling dirt or mud, as this will help remove any germs left on your hands by the time you get home.
Keeping your hands clean and smelling nice is important. Not only will this make you feel better, but it will also make others around you feel better. After all, a sick person with bad-smelling hands can make anyone sicker.