The samples are in 30 gram (g) and 50g sized tubes and pumps, which fit neatly into a pocket, and in use they eliminate the cross-infection risk associated with full-size containers.

Huddersfield based Thornton & Ross is offering free samples from two of its skincare ranges to NHS frontline staff.

In a bid to support healthcare workers, STADA Group’s arm is donating free samples from Cetraben and Zeroderma emollient ranges to alleviate dry skin issues as NHS staff work around the clock as the deadly Covid-19 pandemic spreads across the UK.

NHS workers have reported that Covid-19 preventive measures such as, more frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitisers, are drying out their skin, while prolonged use of facemasks can result in skin irritation.

Emollients help the skin to retain moisture in the outer layers and replace lost oils, whilst protecting damaged or inflamed skin.

The samples are in 30 gram (g) and 50g-sized tubes and pumps, which fit neatly into a pocket, eliminate the cross-infection risks associated with full-size containers.

Each NHS member of staff will receive six samples of either Cetraben or Zeroderma, the company said in a statement.

Janet Maclean, Director of Marketing for the prescription division, commented: “When we were made aware that nurses and other frontline staff were suffering with skin problems as a result of increased hand washing and use of sanitisers, we wanted to help.

“Both Cetraben and Zeroderma are ideal for relieving irritation caused by these factors, and also from prolonged use of face masks while treating patients. As the UK’s leading prescription emollient company, it goes without saying that we are only too happy to support our NHS colleagues at this critical time.”

Cetraben is the first eczema-prone skincare range to be approved by the British Skin Foundation.

Zeroderma is one of the most widely available skincare ranges available on prescription in the UK and offers cost-effective treatments for a wide variety of skin types and conditions.

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