With a lot of restaurants, offices, malls and other public places opening, we are stepping out a lot more than we did in the last few months. This obviously means a spike in the number of times you wash and sanitise your hands. While this is a mandatory precautionary measure (along with wearing a face mask, obviously) to prevent contracting the virus, the constant washing and sanitising can really dry out your skin.
This situation can be a lot worse if you are someone who struggles with eczema. But because you cannot skip the frequent washing and sanitising, we have the perfect solution for you. By simply following these simple tips, keeping your eczema-prone skin healthy and happy won’t be so much of an issue. Read on…
- Use a hand sanitiser with a lesser alcohol percentage
- Use a cream-based hand wash
- Check the water temperature
- Don’t forget to use a hand cream
Use a hand sanitiser with a lesser alcohol percentage
If you have severely dry and cracked hands, then using a sanitiser with 70 percent or more alcohol can end up drying your hands more. Look for a hand sanitizer a lower concentration of alcohol. Something with a 60 to 65 percent would not only eliminate germs effectively but will also be a lot gentler and won’t burn on application. Additionally, it would be a lot more helpful to use something with hydrating ingredients such as glycerine or aloe vera to replenish moisture.
Use a cream-based hand wash
If you have eczema-prone skin, it’s recommended to wash your hands with soap and water as far as possible instead of a sanitiser. But it is important to choose the right kind of hand wash. Always pick something that has a cream formula, as it is a lot more hydrating than gel-based ones.
Check the water temperature
Using very hot and very cold water can make eczema-prone skin woes worse, leading to dryness and instant flare-ups. To avoid this, simply wash your hands using lukewarm water to prevent moisture loss. Additionally, the way you dry your hands post washing is also very important. Avoid rubbing your hands against the towel; instead, use a gentle patting motion to dry your hands for minimum friction and irritation.
Don’t forget to use a hand cream
No matter what kind of hand wash or sanitiser you use, keep in mind that it will cause some amount of dryness. Therefore, always follow up your handwashing and sanitising with a generous amount of hand cream. This will not only prevent dry and cracked hands but will also calm and soothe eczema-prone skin to prevent any further irritation.