Due to the coronavirus pandemic, specialists recommend frequent hand washing and sanitizing, but all these treatments, unfortunately, hurt the hands. How to take care of them during this difficult time?
Healthy and well-groomed hands are our best business card. If the skin of the hands is maintained in good condition, it is an effective protective barrier against all microorganisms, as well as external factors.
Therefore, if we care about smooth and healthy-looking hands, we should take care of both their hygiene and adequate hydration to maintain its natural protective layer, i.e. the water-lipid coat. Otherwise, the skin will become more sensitive, susceptible to infection, grow old faster and become seriously ill.
Table of Contents:
- How to take care of proper hand hygiene?
- What soap to use
- What cream should you choose?
- Homemade ways to care for your hands
How to take care of proper hand hygiene?
The basic WHO recommendation for the SARS CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic is: take care of hygiene, wash your hands as often as possible and for sufficiently long, i.e. for about 30 seconds. According to the researchers, this is justified, because, after the first 15 seconds of washing, almost 90 percent of the germs on the hands die.
In addition to washing, it is also recommended to disinfect your hands with antibacterial liquids or alcohol-based products.
Unfortunately, both these treatments have a very negative effect on our epidermis. As emphasized by Dr Michał Sutkowski, family doctor and Press Spokesman of the College of Family Physicians in Poland, antibacterial gels can be used, but skillfully, because those with more than 60 per cent content Alcohol can cause skin maceration, through which viruses can penetrate much faster. And a vicious circle is formed.
What soap to use
To least expose our hands to irritation and dryness, it is best to use a neutral soap, i.e. 5.5, which is close to the pH of our skin. Soaps with the addition of moisturizing cream and vegetable oils are also a good choice. Also, too hot water and rubbing with a rough towel have an adverse effect on our hands.
What cream should you choose?
There are very few sebaceous glands in the palm of your hand, which is why it is very thin and delicate in this place, and it dehydrates quickly. Each time you wash your hands with soap, the fat protective coat disappears from your skin. Hands deprived of it look dried, become rough, red and chapped, the skin peels and the nails break.
The reconstruction of the protective layer, unfortunately, lasts a very long time (even several hours), so it is very important to properly care your hands immediately for washing them or disinfecting with a special liquid, especially in winter.
What qualities should a good hand cream have?
- It should inhibit the evaporation of water from the outer layers of the epidermis – if it is to be used in winter,
protect against heat loss,
- be thick because it adheres better to the skin,
- nourish – contain vitamins that smooth, elasticize and moisturize the skin, most often: A, E, B, C and F,
- moisturize well – the best are those containing glycerin and silicone, which strengthens the skin’s protective layer.
The cream should be applied after each hand washing and whenever the skin is dry, so it’s always good to have it on hand. Immediately after applying the cream, it is better not to touch anything, just wait until the cream is completely absorbed.
Homemade ways to care for your hands
There are also home ways to regenerate the skin of your hands.
- Moisturizing mask – very dry skin can be spread overnight with a thick layer of a moisturizing face mask or moisturizing cream with collagen or panthenol. On hands smeared with cream or a mask, you can also put on thin plastic gloves and keep them warm for a few minutes.
- Massage – it will do well to our hands if we smear them with massage oil or a lot of hand cream, and then massage each finger in circular motions, then with one hand – the back of the other. Finally, make the movements as if rubbing your hands. Such massage relaxes and stimulates circulation.
People who wear disposable latex gloves for hygiene reasons may be allergic to latex. Such an allergy is most often manifested by a rash, itchy skin accompanied by a burning sensation or soreness of the skin and a warmer skin sensitive to touch. If such a skin reaction occurs, immediately give up latex gloves and choose e.g. polyvinyl, vinyl or nitrile instead. Treat your skin with a moisturizing mask for the night.