Keeping hands moisturised whilst staying safe
The 2020 Covid-19 pandemic has impacted us in many ways, particularly with many people adopting a more conscientious approach to cleanliness.
Key to helping manage any virus is keeping hands clean. The simple act of regularly washing with soap and water, or using hand sanitiser where washing isn’t feasible – for example in shops or on public transport – has become part of the everyday for most.
Keeping hands moisturised
But this increase in hand washing has for some, led to an unpleasant and painful side effect – dry, cracked hands. In some cases it can make existing conditions, such eczema, worse.
Some soaps contain harsh astringents or are heavily perfumed. This, coupled with overzealous washing, can cause irritation.
Here, the experts at Zidac share top tips for maintaining healthy hands.
When washing your hands, use warm water. It might be tempting to turn the heat all the way up, but lukewarm water is just as efficient and less likely to dry skin in the long term.
Don’t scrub – carefully lather your soap (if you have sensitive skin opt for fragrance-free or sensitive formulations), massage into both sides of the hands, between the fingers and around the nails, and count to 30.
Carefully dry hands with a soft towel or paper towel and leave them slightly damp, or air dry them.
Apply a small amount of moisturising cream or lotion. Again, choose a fragrance-free product if you have sensitive skin, and work in over the entire hands.
If you’re on the go and using a hand sanitiser – remember, not all hand sanitisers are the same. Look for products formulated with moisturising properties. For example, Zidac Antibacterial Hand Gel contains aloe vera to moisturise and soothe hands.
You can also apply a moisturiser after using hand sanitiser, but you must wait for it to dry.
If you find your skin shows no sign of improving, and especially if you have a skin condition such as eczema, seek the advice of your GP.