If you are like me, you are washing your hands now more than ever. I work with patients all day so I have always been a frequent hand washer but now I am at LEVEL 10 on the handwashing. I wash them like I am going to scrub in for surgery. Well, that level of handwashing coupled with the frequent use of 60% alcohol in proper hand sanitizer leads to dry cracked hands and even eczema.
If your hands are dry and cracked, you are in the right place because I have some easy tips to keep your hands from looking like you have had them in an ashtray. Lol
- Moisturize after every wash. This seems like a no brainer but even I skin moisturizer when I am in a rush. Even if you are only going to wash if off again in 10 min, it is good to apply. During times like this, using something thick and creamy is going to be better than using a lotion (lotions are mostly water.) I like the new gel formulas. They moisturize without leaving the greasy feeling some creams can have. My favorites are Elta MD hand cream and Neutrogena hydro boost hand gel cream.
2. Don’t use scalding hot water. It is not necessary and it will make your hands more prone to eczema. Luke warm water is just fine (I promise).
3. Don’t use a harsh soap. You can use a gentle cleanser and still get your hands clean if you wash for 20 seconds. No need to harsh antibacterial washes. COVID -19 is a virus, right?
4. Lay it on thick at night. Right before bed, I apply plain petroleum jelly. I keep it on my night stand so I can do this right before lights out.
5. If your hands are red, scaly, or cracked, you could have eczema or hand dermatitis. You may need a prescription so speak to your health provider.
Praying you and your family stay well!!