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When I am in the kitchen I have actions that the killer in Psycho would be proud of. I am not safe with a knife and as a result we always have a good supply of plasters. Some are so thin and useless that they have to be changed regularly as they are either not absorbent enough or lose their stickiness as soon as water touches them. The box for Superdrugs' Cushioned Plasters is white with a purple cross and a plaster on it. It has the name Superdrug across the top and Cushioned Plasters underneath. It says that there are 20 assorted plasters and on the side the further information that there are 16 standard plasters 19mm x 72mm and 4 large ones 38mm x 72mm. There is a small push through serrated square at the back and this is how the box is opened. The first time I took a plaster out of the box I thought it felt a little thicker than normal plasters. When I opened it I felt that it was softer as well and the cushioned bit was clear to see. When I put it on it felt a little different to others and it was thicker, but within a short while I had got used to that and did not find my hand movement was restricted at all. The plasters are pale pink/beige and do not show up a great deal on my skin. They worked well when it came to cushioning my finger and while I have not had a very bad cut - crosses scarred fingers - since I bought them, I am not sure how absorbent they would be if there was a lot of blood. When it is time to remove them they come off easily and do not leave a sticky patch where they have been. One thing I did find was that my skin was very wrinkled when I first removed the plaster so while the packet claims there is "breathable foam backing" I am not sure that they do let the skin breathe that much. This only lasted about 10 minutes and was not a big problem. There are a few instructions on the back of the pack and they are pretty much just common sense. Don't use a plaster more than once, don't use a plaster if the individual wrapping is damaged, and if there is no sign of healing seek medical help. One other one did surprise me and that was not to use after the expiry date - the date on this box is 2016 so they will have well gone by then. Over all I was very happy with this plaster and will certainly get them again. I paid £1.69 for them and will be happy to pay a little more than that as I feel they are a very good plaster. I have no problem recommending them and giving them 5 stars.
I always carry some plasters around with me whether I am carrying a clutch bag or a rucksack. They are especially essential when I am out gardening and on the allotment, as I like to keep my cuts safely covered until they have had a chance to heal over. I recently had to battle with some overgrown and very thorny gooseberry bushes. One managed to snag one of my work gloves and tear it off. On extricating my hand I saw that it had been lightly cut all over - in fact I look like I had been attacked by a cat's claws. Most of the cuts healed quickly, but a nick on my thumb was a different matter. I kept knocking it on things and it was very tender as a result. I decided to go to Superdrug to see if I could find a cushioned plaster to use over the cut. I found a box of 20 assorted ones for £1.99 and they made a big difference! The box is a standard card one, with the individually sealed plasters within. These packets rip wide open easily with a sharp pull so you don't have to struggle to actually wriggle the plaster free. Although the box says on the side that it contains an assortment of plasters, the majority are actually of what I would call the classic plaster size - 19x72mm. The only 4 that differ are some slightly larger 38x72mm ones. This seems to be a standard mix beccause a similar pack that I had from Boots had the same selection inside. I rarely use any plasters but the smaller size anyway. However the larger ones were perfect for protecting the back of heel against a pair of new shoes that had rubbed the skin slightly. I thought I would get a blister but the plasters prevented that. They are not so thick that my shoe then became uncomfortable to wear in other ways which was a blessing. The plasters are described as cushioned because the backing is made of foam and it is a little thicker than normal. When I first unwrapped a plaster, I was sceptical that it would make much of a difference, as it did not seem very "cushioned". I was wrong however, because as sooon as I put one on my finger I thought the plaster seemed bulkier than normal. This made it a bit harder than average to actually bend my finger when I wanted to do something like do up a button, but this would only be a problem if you wanted to use one near a joint. I could easily put up with the annoyance as they cushioned my finger from knocks brilliantly. The swear tin at work has been the looser, put it that way! The slightly larger size means these plasters are a bit less subtle than others, even though they are flesh coloured. This doesn't matter to me personally but it may to others. I have used many different brands of plasters and most don't stay put on my fingers very long. They often depart at the same time as I remove my gardening gloves. So I was impressed with the fact these don't budge - until you wash your hands anyway. They are not advertised as waterproof, so that isn't necessarily a criticism. So called washproof ones never actually prove to be so for me anyway. I do however have to wash my hands often when I am doing my gardening job, because of the nature of what I work with - manure and compost for example. You may get the Superdrug plasters to last longer if you don't need wash your hands so often. I have been relieved to see that these plasters remove easily and gently when you want them to. No tearing at the skin is needed, and you don't get any of that horrible sticky residue left behind. Superdrug say that the plasters come with a low allergy ashesive which will no doubt be useful if you have sensitive skin. I don't and these plasters have been very comnfortable to wear. I have bought a box to keep at work, and one for home as well, as they are currently on special offer for £1.49. I would recommend these to anyone who needs a bit of extra protection for a cut, although if you can find a version that is washproof, they may prove longer lasting. I like to change my plasters frequently anyway, and considering the reasonable price that I paid, I am very happy with my purchase. N.B I beat the gooseberry bush in the end! [This review may also appear under my user name on Ciao.]