It’s been almost a year since the national lockdown started within the UK and even though more and more people are receiving the vaccine every day, it’s still as important now as...
It’s been almost a year since the national lockdown started within the UK and even though more and more people are receiving the vaccine every day, it’s still as important now as it was a year ago to wash your hands. It may be one of the most effective ways to prevent spreading germs, but it’s a nightmare for your skin.
To thoroughly rid your hands of germs, the NHS recommend people wash their hands for 20 seconds. That’s a long time for you to scrub your skin and keep them in water as soap and water are known to strip your hands of natural oils that protect your skin — this lead can lead to dryness.
Seeing as cutting down on washing your hands isn’t an option, here are four things you can do to take care of your hands.
Unless the water is boiling hot (which we wouldn’t recommend), hot water is actually no better at killing germs than cold or warm water! Plenty of soap and a good hand washing technique is enough! Washing your hands repeatedly with hot water can strip your skin’s natural moisture, causing dryness which in turn can make your hands feel tight, itchy, hot, and uncomfortable.
Try blotting or patting your hands when drying them rather than rubbing them with a towel. If you are already suffering with dry or cracked hands, rubbing them dry with a towel will only make it worse and it can feel unpleasant. Avoid hand dryers also as the heat can also be quite harsh on the skin. A final suggestion would be to allow your hands to air dry. Always ensure that any of the above techniques are followed by applying moisturiser which leads onto the next point.
Applying a heavy-duty hand cream is a great way to prevent your hands from drying up as it’s an easy way to restore the skins moisture. However, when applying hand cream, you must ensure that your hands are completely dry. If there are any lingering bacteria on your hands, it will spread more easily on wet hands. So, ensure that you avoid touching the nozzle as best you can and do not share your hand cream!
If you are suffering with dry, cracked or itchy hands, make sure to be using creams specifically to treat this. Once a week it could be an idea to apply a thick emollient cream to your hands, apply gloves and allow the moisture to soak in for 30 to 60 minutes to leave your hands feeling more soft.
02 February 2021