Keeping Your Hands Healthy & Soft During Coronavirus Hand Washing
Stay Clean, Stay Safe from Coronavirus COVID-19
COVID-19 is a relatively new virus that poses serious health issues for humans across the entire world. Currently, researchers are continuing to find more ways to prevent, treat, or cure the disease.
In the meantime, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are urging the public to wash their hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
Although we should absolutely follow these guidelines to slow the spread of the Coronavirus, it is also extremely important that you keep your skin healthy and moisturized after handwashing so as not to make it more susceptible to germs and bacteria.
How Does Washing Your Hands Affect Your Skin?
Washing your hands is an essential part of slowing the spread of infectious diseases. However, frequent hand washing can exacerbate certain skin conditions and leave your skin more vulnerable because of how drying handwashing can be.
For example, if you struggle with eczema or psoriasis, washing your hands constantly can damage your skin and cause soreness and discomfort.
Even if you don’t have any skin conditions, you can still dry out your skin excessively when you overuse hand soap and sanitizer.
According to dermatologists, this drying, cracking, and discomfort is due to the way soap and sanitizers strip away the proteins in the outermost skin layer.
The more you strip away your skin, the more you compromise the lipid barrier in your skin that protects against harmful microorganisms from invading your body. With a compromised skin barrier, you risk getting more infections.
Soap can also cause your skin to develop irritant hand dermatitis, which gives you dry, flaky, itchy red skin, on your knuckles, and in the spaces between your fingers.
The best way to combat this is to moisturize your hands regularly, preferably every day.
If you have a preexisting skin condition and want to wash your hands with a moisturizing soap, you may benefit from using those that contain antibacterial ingredients, like chlorhexidine or benzalkonium chloride.
However, products with these ingredients are less effective at killing the Coronavirus than regular hand soaps and alcohol-based hand sanitizers, according to a recent study.
Your best bet is simply washing your hands regularly with normal soap and moisturizing your hands right after.
Don’t be Counterproductive
You should also keep in mind that wet hands can transfer germs more easily, so make sure to dry your hands thoroughly before putting on that moisturizer.
It’s important to use a moisturizer that fits your skin type best. If you use moisturizer regularly, but it’s not heavy enough to keep your hands nourished and healthy, opt for a thicker cream.
If your hands tend to be oilier and you don’t like the sticky residue that certain moisturizers leave behind, opt for a thinner lotion.
If you have a skin condition like eczema, try to avoid using alcohol sanitizing gels as much as possible; use them in situations where you are not able to wash your hands with soap and water.
The alcohol in these sanitizers will lead to irritation that may linger and leave your skin vulnerable even if you apply moisturizer, so it’s best to stick to soap and water.
Keep Your Hands Healthy and Soft
Dry, cracked, and irritated hands can be painful and lead you to wash your hands less, so moisturize your skin often and apply it thoroughly.
This will keep your skin healthy and soft, and put you less at risk from developing infections and catching diseases like coronavirus COVID-19.
Make sure to check out our very own moisturizers from our custom line developed by our expert dermatologist, Dr. Longwill. If you’re looking for a lightweight lotion, try our Green Tea Body Lotion. If you’re more into nourishing creams, try our Silky Hands cream!