From cooking to cleaning (and other household chores!), quarantine has redefined what DIY means. It has also redefined what hand hygiene means and turned it into an essential part of our day-to-day lives, leading us to overwash or over sanitise our hands. So if your hands have been feeling super dry from all that washing, here are 5 ways to soothe them.
- Moisturise while hands are slightly damp
- Look for thick emollients with nourishing ingredients
- Wear protective gloves
- Wash with lukewarm water
- Talk to your dermat
Moisturise while hands are slightly damp
It goes without saying that you need to constantly moisturise your dry hands to soothe them. We recommend you do so while your palms are slightly damp as this allows the skin to absorb the product better. Wait for a few minutes to let your palms completely dry off before touching another surface.
Look for thick emollients with nourishing ingredients
Instead of just settling for any hand cream off the shelf, look for nourishing ingredients in emollients with thicker consistencies. Do a label check for a formula with ingredients like ceramides, petrolatum and dimethicone in them. These work as skin protectants to maintain the moisture barrier. You should also invest in a hand cream with ingredients like hyaluronic acid or glycerin as they help to seal moisture in your skin.
Wear protective gloves
Using alcohol-based sanitisers can cause your hands to become super dry. Pile on the harsh chemical present in cleansing supplies or harsh detergents and you’ve got yourself a recipe for disaster. Limit the exposure of your hands to these harsh compounds by wearing protective gloves while doing household chores and limit the use of alcohol-based sanitisers to only when necessary.
Wash with lukewarm water
Washing your hands with hot water when it’s hot outside can irritate your already dry skin. Excessively cold water can also cause redness and over-drying. Thus, it’s best to use cold or lukewarm water to wash your hand in order to soothe them and keep dryness at bay.
Talk to your dermat
Book a virtual appointment with your dermat if you’re not able to treat your dry hands at home. A dermat can prescribe you topical treatments with lactic acid and urea in them. In the meanwhile, you can also invest in an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream to soothe your dry and flaky skin.