I’m usually good about keeping my hands safe, but every now and then I suffer an unavoidable scrape or cut. I keep a variety of Band-Aid and Nexcare adhesive bandages at home, in a workspace first aid kit, and in the car. There are a few styles and sizes I tend to prefer, but for smaller wounds I greatly prefer Nexcare’s clear waterproof bandages.
What I like about Nexcare’s waterproof bandages is that they’re super-thin and easily conform to the many contours found on the hand. You can usually still wear gloves, as these bandages don’t easily snag.
You would think that some of the “tougher” bandage styles would be better, but they tend to be large, thick, and less conforming than these Nexcare bandages. These bandages also tend to endure hand washing pretty well.
The only downside of Nexcare’s clear waterproof bandages is that I sometimes forget I’m wearing them. Yes, they’re that comfortable and non-distracting to apply. That happened this morning when I was driving and remembered that I wanted to let my newly scraped pinky finger air out overnight.
These bandages are also pretty quick to apply. You unwrap the bandage, apply it to your skin, and then remove paper support backing.
You can buy these bandages online, but you’ll typically find better pricing at the local supercenter or pharmacy.
The 50-count box comes with 20 of the smallest size and 15 each of the two larger sizes.
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Nexcare also makes flesh-colored and neon waterproof bandages as well, and while I like using those too, they’re not at all the same as these. These clear waterproof bandages almost form a second skin over a wound, while the other waterproof bandages tend to encumber hand and finger flexibility and have much greater physical presence.