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How To Relieve Dry Skin From Coronavirus/Covid-19 Hand Washing

by kelly / April, 8 2020 01:30

Photo of hands being washed with bar soap and water

If you’re like me you’ve been washing your hands a ton. Your hands are also probably pretty dry from all the washing. So we thought we’d gather some useful tips to help you relieve that dry skin. Your hands are doing hard work so it’s important to take care of them (and don’t forget to apply sunscreen on them if you head outdoors).

Below are recommendations from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Wash Your Hands Effectively

First let’s do a quick refresh on the best way to wash our hands to help prevent the spread of the virus. The CDC recommends washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds if you’ve been out in a public place or after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

Twenty seconds is longer than you think so sing a song – experts recommend singing Happy Birthday twice while washing your hands.

Apply a Moisturizer After You Dry Your Hands But While Still Damp

After you dry your hands with a clean towel (or let them air dry) – leave a little water on them while you apply your moisturizer. This strategy will help trap the moisture in.

Like with hand washing, make sure you apply cream to your fingertips and nails.

When skin is dry and cracked according to the AAD, it makes it easier for bacteria and germs to get inside your body. So moisturize your hands after washing them.

Alternatively, Apply a Moisturizer After You Sanitize Your Hands

If for some reason you can’t wash your hands then the CDC recommends using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Make sure to cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Hand sanitizers can be very drying so after your sanitizer dries, the AAD suggests applying a cream or moisturizer on your hands. It will help keep them from getting dry and cracked which, as mentioned, the AAD says makes it harder for germs and bacteria to get in.

Get Advice From the Experts

For essential and accurate health information on Coronavirus/Covid-19, get reliable information from your doctor, websites reviewed by doctors (such as the AAD), and the CDC.

Also, while we don’t have specific products to moisturize your hands (well you could use our Organic Revitalizing Night Cream on them or our SPF Face Moisturizer – I actually use it on my hands every day), we believe in maintaining healthy skin all over your body. So get yourself a moisturizer you like and have a go.

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