How to Take Care of Dry Hands When You’ve Been Washing Them Frequently!
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Caring for your hands
People should be washing their hands no matter what after using the bathroom, doing something dirty, and when they’re sick. However, these are unprecedented times we’re currently living in, with an unpredictable new coronavirus spreading quite quickly across the world. Therefore, hand-washing has become a thing of great importance and necessity now more than ever.
The CDC, or Center for Disease Control and Prevention, has presented guidelines for keeping yourself safe and clean to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including the best way to be washing your hands. You should be washing your hands every time you come home from outside, especially from public places like grocery stores. Hand-washing should also of course occur after using the bathroom, or after blowing your nose, sneezing and coughing. The proper etiquette for hand-washing that the CDC recommends is using soap and water, and washing for at least 20 seconds. Make sure to get the soap into every crevice of your hands, including under your nails. If soap isn’t readily available where you are, carry around a hand sanitizer that’s at least 60% alcohol to use in the meantime. It’s also a good practice not to touch your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
If you follow these guidelines, you’ll be doing yourself and anyone you come into contact with a favor. However, many people aren’t used to washing hands so diligently and frequently, meaning your skin may become more dry and dehydrated than you’re used to. Here are a few ways you can combat this extra dryness and take the best care of your hands.
Use a gentle, moisturizing soap if possible
If you’re prone to dry hands, there are soaps out there meant to prevent dryness and provide extra hydration. When washing your hands so often, it’s important to be using the most gentle and moisturizing soap you can find. This may not be possible when in public bathrooms, and when supplies are running low in stores, but if you’re able to buy a non-drying soap it’ll help out your hands tremendously. A few suggestions include Method Foaming Soap, Mrs. Meyers Clean Day soap which has a non-drying formula plus aloe vera, as well as Softsoap hand soap with soothing aloe vera.
Wash with luke-warm water, not hot
You should really only be washing when necessary in order to keep yourself protected from the virus. Overdoing it won’t protect you more, and will end up drying your hands out. When you do wash, you should be using luke-warm water, not scorching hot water. Hot water can easily dehydrate skin, which is why everyone warns against hot showers (as much as you may enjoy them). If you want to prevent dry skin, use the right water temperature.
Try hand masks
Last but not least, you may as well treat your hands to some extra pampering. This would be the best time to try some hand masks for the first time. Hand masks are essentially gloves full of moisture and collagen goodness that you soak your hands in for however long you need. They’re often used to help your hands look younger longer and prevent wrinkles or skin damage, but they can also just be used for fun. Try out Patchology’s Perfect Ten Self-Warming Hand Mask or Aveeno’s Repairing CICA Hand Mask and treat yourself to some hand self care.
It’s been an overwhelming and confusing time for all of us, but by practicing the safety guidelines of washing your hands, sanitizing and social distancing we can all prevent spreading the virus even further and keep ourselves as healthy as possible. Hopefully you can use some of the above tips to help combat the potential dehydration of the delicate skin on your hands from over-washing.
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