The increased use of hand soap, sanitizing gels, and alcohol during this pandemic has also increased the chances of us getting dry and irritated skin, especially on our hands. While these are all critical preventive measures, hand care does not and should not stop there. In this article, we’re listing down all the ways you can show your hands some extra love.
Dry your hands properly with a clean towel or paper towel.
Make sure you’re using a clean towel after you wash your hands. Not drying your hands thoroughly and properly can make things worse. According to Miryam Wahrman, a biology professor at William Paterson University and author of The Hand Book: Surviving in a Germ-Filled World, “The very act of drying hands is rife with potential problems, problems of the recontamination of hands. You do not want to undo the good of handwashing in the process of drying hands.”
Apply hand lotion after washing your hands or sanitizing.
Since the pandemic has taken handwashing to the next level, it’s time to examine what we do after. Invest in a hand lotion that you can bring with you wherever you go. We suggest that you always have a hand lotion that you can reach for whenever you’re not at home.
Look at what’s in your hand lotion.
When you’re choosing which hand lotion to use, prioritize the ingredients that you think would be most beneficial for you. There are “humectants” like Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin that increase the water content of the outer layers of the skin, and “emollients” like Shea Butter and Lanolin that soften the skin and cover small skin fissures by providing a protective layer. There are also hand creams that are specially formulated for specific concerns. If you’re sensitive to smell, there are fragrance-free lotions in the market. If your hands are extremely dry, try looking at salves and balms that are much thicker in consistency.
Wear gloves when you’re cleaning to protect your hands.
When you’re handling products that promise disinfection like bleach, make sure you’re wearing the right equipment to protect your hands from the harsh chemicals. This includes wearing gloves when you’re wiping down furniture, scrubbing your bathroom, etc. This way, your hands aren’t exposed to even more damage than they already are with all the sanitizing.
Note: If dryness and irritation persist, consult a medical professional.