Hand sanitisers have become an inseparable part of our lives, thanks to the pandemic. Although the lockdown restrictions have eased down, stepping out of the house means sanitising our hands a lot more frequently. But the same alcohol which kills germs, bacteria and viruses is also responsible for making your hands dry.

This problem becomes a lot more serious during the cold winter months. Frequent washing and sanitising will leave your hands feeling extremely dry and in some cases, cracked too. However, stopping the spread of the virus shouldn’t come at the expense of scaly hands. That’s why we’re going to teach you to pamper your over-sanitised hands this winter.

 

01. Avoid hot water

01. Avoid hot water

Hot water may feel pleasant during the cold winter months, but it also strips the natural oils from your skin. Repeated washing can lead to painful cracks in between fingers. Therefore, avoid taking hot water showers or washing your hands with hot water. Lukewarm water with a gentle hand wash or soap for 20 seconds is enough to clean hands thoroughly.

 

02. Use sanitiser with nourishing ingredients

02. Use sanitiser with nourishing ingredients

Sanitisers are formulated to clean hands effectively. However, some contain more potent ingredients that can be harsh for your skin. Opt for a hand sanitiser that has at least one nourishing ingredient to prevent excessive dryness. The Lifebuoy Nature Pure Hand Sanitizer contains vitamin E that keeps hands moisturised while killing germs.

 

03. Moisturise liberally

03. Moisturise liberally

After washing your hands, don’t forget to moisturise it by applying hand cream. A lightweight glycerine based formula like the Vaseline Anti-Bacterial Hand Cream is ideal as it seals moisture in the skin while also keeping bacteria away. Bonus: The small size pack is perfect for carrying in your handbag.

 

04. Wear rubber gloves while cleaning

04. Wear rubber gloves while cleaning

Dishwashing soap and liquid contain harsh ingredients that can damage your skin further. Plus, keeping your hands wet for so long can dry out the skin or cause reactions. Wear protective rubber gloves while doing the dishes and other household chores that involve water.

 

05. Use a hand mask

05. Use a hand mask

When your face or hair needs a surge of moisture, you apply a mask. The same can be done for your hands, especially during the cold winter months. You can use hand masks that are readily available in the market or prepare your own at home using natural ingredients like honey, olive oil and plain yoghurt.