COVID-19 & Overwashing: How to Care for Your Hands
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Since the start of the year, no one has been safe from overwashing. It’s true that having dry and cracked hands is a small price to pay for keeping ourselves and our families safe but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s what you can do.
Tips for washing your hands
Choose a moisturizing soap or one made for dry and sensitive skin.
Then wash your hands with cold water so as to not strip your hands of the oils it needs to maintain its moisture barrier. And don’t worry, studies have shown that cold water is just as effective as hot water at getting rid of bacteria.
Once you’ve dried your hands apply lotion on them to seal in the moisture. If your hands are very dry or cracked choose a thicker cream. The thicker it is, the more moisture it will provide. Apply a balm or a salve on spots that are particularly dry.
Protecting your hands
To protect your hands from getting dried out further, wear rubber gloves when cleaning or doing the dishes and try to steer clear of known irritants.
Carry around some hand lotion and apply it throughout the day as you deem necessary. Try to look for lotions containing ingredients such as glycerin, jojoba oil, cocoa butter and aloe.
If you can, skip hand dryers as excessive heat can dry out your hands further.
Giving your hands a little extra TLC
If you feel like your hands need a little something extra here’s what you can do.
Before going to bed, coat your hands in lotion and cover your hands with a pair of soft gloves (socks work too!), and you’ll wake up with extra soft hands.
As the weather is getting warmer we’re beginning to have the air conditioning on more often which can be very drying for our skin. To remedy that, consider using an air humidifier (even a mini one) while the AC is running to make sure the air doesn’t get too dry. Or running your AC less frequently.
We hope that these tips will help you keep your hands soft and healthy all the while staying safe from COVID-19! Consider subscribing to our newsletter for more helpful health information.
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