Hand care should be everyone’s primary concern right now
From the very start of the Coronavirus pandemic, the recommendation to wash our hands more often - and the correct way - was rightfully touted as one of the most important methods for preventing virus transmission.
But there’s a crucial next step that hasn’t received as much attention - or any attention at all, really: Keeping your skin moisturised to prevent the kind of cracking and micro-tears that could make you more susceptible to COVID-19. If you don’t rehydrate, then ironically, washing your hands frequently could, indirectly, be putting you at higher risk.
And quite frankly, our hands are basically on the front line combating COVID-19. The skin on our hands is particularly thin, and with the excessive use of hand washes and hand sanitizers, problems such as dryness, irritation, peeling and cracking easily arise. You should never miss the chance to treat your hands to some much-needed TLC, but now it’s more important than ever.
Here’s to ensure you’ve got your hand care routine mastered:
On a ‘normal’ day I would tell you not to over-wash your hands but during this crisis, our hands are constantly being washed as it’s the best defence of virus and bacteria.
But the constant washing of hands can strip the skin of natural oils, drying our skin out even further in the process.
Try as much as possible to opt for a non-aggressive liquid soap. And always watch the water temperature; keep it warm as opposed to hot to prevent additional skin dryness.
Hydrating Hand & Body Wash Remember to re-apply hand cream after washing your hands to nourish and protect.
Wear gloves whenever possible
Doing dirty tasks such as cleaning the house, doing the dishes, gardening, washing the dog or the even the car all can do damage to the skin on your hands if you don't wear gloves.
One thing I absolutely love doing when wearing rubber gloves is slathering my hands with an anti aging hand cream before I put them on to do the dishes.
The hot water in the sink will create something like a steam-like hand treatment, leaving your hands super soft. This also allows for the nourishing ingredients to deeply penetrate your skin.
Heal & Exfoliate
Just as you exfoliate your face and body, it’s also beneficial to do the same on your hands. Exfoliate with a gentle scrub like our multi-award winning body scrub to remove the top layer of dead skin cells to reveal fresh skin underneath. Be careful not to exfoliate sore, cracked or burning skin.
Invigorating Body Scrub Kick dry skin back into gear with this highly effective (yet super gentle!) reinvigorating scrub; bolstered with a plethora of skin-loving ingredients that make your skin feel silky soft!
Build A Barrier
Reward your hands with an indulgent and nourishing hand moisturizer. If you make sure you’ve got only one thing in your handbag, let it be hand cream.
Travel-friendly creams will enable you to moisturise your hands anywhere and at any time they need a hit of hydration.
Hand cream forms a barrier against the drying effects of alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and when reapplied throughout the day, will guarantee soft and nourished skin. Gently massaging into the skin each time can also help with circulation while warming up your hands.
Overnight Hand Mask
Just like our face, our hands need some extra attention from time to time. Treating yourself to a hand mask once a week can help to amp up hydration, ensuring your hands are in tip-top condition.
Apply a generous amount of hand cream just before bed and put on some cotton gloves to allow overnight repair and hydration. And don’t forget about nourishing those nails and cuticles. Massage the cream into your cuticles before you slip on those gloves.