These tips will help you keep your skin soft and continue washing your hands regularly, as recommended.
Wash hands with warm water
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, washing your hands, upper arms, fingers, between fingers, wrists, and nails. Very hot water removes the natural layer of oil that protects the hands, so you will eventually get your hands dry. Be sure to replace hot water with warm water because hot water does not improve efficiency, so there is no reason to destroy the skin.
Use moisturizing soap
You should pay attention to ingredients in soaps such as glycerin and lanolin that dry the skin, and are often found in hard, “stone” soaps as they serve as binders. Use liquid soaps of a creamy consistency that do not dry out your hands and have a normal pH.
Apply moisturizer regularly
Water acts like a magnet and draws water from the deepest layers of the skin, resulting in even more tight and dry skin. To prevent this from happening, apply hand or ointment cream immediately after washing, but not lotions as they contain too much water.
Apply moisturizer after every wash, before bedtime and whenever you feel dry, even a light coat will be sufficient to restore the skin.
After washing and applying a moisturizer, it is best to wear gloves for 1 to 2 hours. If you do not have time during the day, apply a thicker layer of cream and keep cotton gloves overnight, 6 to 8 hours of hydration will help your skin recover.
If you do not have a moisturizer for your hands, Vaseline is also a great solution, which you should apply directly to the cracked areas.
This will soothe the skin and protect the hands from further damage.
Replace soap and antiseptic
If you use soap all the time, switch to an antiseptic occasionally. If you are constantly using an antiseptic, switch to soap. The thing is very simple, regular use of the same product leads to drying and destruction of the skin, and the combination of antiseptic, soap and moisturizer or Vaseline will help keep your hands clean without damage.
Avoid the dryer
Most people are currently in isolation and use towels at home. However, those who have to go to work still use a hand dryer. Experts say the appliances further dry the hands and are suitable for the spread of bacteria. Paper towels are the best choice, and if you don’t have them, it would be best if everyone in the house has their own towel, which they change every 3 days. If you wash your hands frequently, wipe them dry with a dry towel and make sure your hands are thoroughly dried as germs are easier to transfer on wet hands.