Brilliant Japanese trick for getting a Band-Aid to stay on properly

Band-Aid, adhesive bandage, sticking plaster… Whatever you call them, hopefully you have a box of them in your medicine cabinet because we all need one occasionally to keep a sore spot safe from friction, not to mention bacteria and dirt.

The one issue with plasters is that they get loose and come off too easily. But an ingenious bandage hack that’s taken Japan by storm has solved this problem. It works perfectly for an injury on your finger. 

Want to ensure that your Band-Aid stays on (and looks adorable too)? Try this:

It’s simple: before unwrapping the plaster, just cut the sticky ends in half lengthways. Use disinfected scissors and be sure not to cut into the gauze center.

Apply the gauze to the injury and then take the two halves of the sticky part and wrap them diagonally over each other like an X:

Pull to ensure a snug fit, but not so tight as to cut off blood flow!

No messy edges, no peeling off prematurely. Like this, it’s a perfect fit.

What a useful little tip! And a nice way to turn a boring Band-Aid into a cute accessory…

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