The global pandemic scare has taken over the entire world. And while this situation is quite scary, there is no reason to panic. Why, you ask? Well, simple measures such as maintaining personal hygiene and avoid social contact are the best ways to avoid contracting any infections.
If you catch yourself diligently washing your hands for 20 seconds or sanitizing them with an alcohol-based cleanser every time you touch a foreign surface, sneeze or cough, well, begin by applauding yourself, because you are doing it all right! But that much soap, warm water, alcohol-based sanitizing can definitely leave your hands feeling dry, cracked and susceptible to eczema or rashes. Here a few handy tips you can follow to keep your hands soft and supple, while also keeping them sanitised.
- Switch to a cream-based hand wash
- Use lukewarm water
- Do not rub your hands too hard
- Keep a hand cream handy
Switch to a cream-based hand wash
Instead of using a gel-based hand wash, we recommend you switch to a cream-based one. This is because cream formulas are generally gentler on the skin and are made using hydrating properties. This will not only prevent the hand wash from stripping away the natural moisture but infuse moisture to keep your hands soft and supple.
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Use lukewarm water
This is one mistake that most of us make, and is also the number one cause of skin dryness, rashes and eczema. Yes, it is specified that you must wash your hands with warm water, but the temperature doesn’t have to be so high that it ends up scalding your hands and leaving them dry and flaky. Turn the temperature down and use lukewarm water. This switch will not only reduce chances of infection but will also be a lot gentler on your hands.
Do not rub your hands too hard
Are you guilty of rubbing your hands dry? If yes, stop right now because you’re laying down the path for eczema and rashes. After you’ve finished washing your hands, pat (don’t rub) them dry using a gentle hand towel or tissue paper. This will avoid friction and lead to lesser dry skin.
Keep a hand cream handy
Frequent hand washing and sanitizing is prone to leave your hands dry, itchy and flaky. Hence, it is really important to indulge in post-wash hand care. After patting them dry, while your hands are still moist, slather on some moisturising hand cream to seal in the moisture and keep your hands healthy and happy.
Stay safe, stay indoors.