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Thanks to Covid-19, we’re now washing our hands more frequently and for longer than ever. Which is no bad thing of course. Effective handwashing is one of the best ways to curb the spread of infections and stop the virus. But for people with sensitive skin or existing skin conditions like eczema, all that vigorous handwashing can make things worse. Not only does over-washing our hands lead to itchy or sore flare-ups, it can also cause dry cracks that actually make it easier for bacteria to enter our bodies. Throw in the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer and you’ve (literally) got a very painful situation on your hands. So, is there a way to protect ourselves from coronavirus without sacrificing our skin?
Think About How You Wash and Dry Your Hands
You should continue to wash your hands with mild, fragrance free soap for at least 20 seconds whenever appropriate. But be careful to only use warm and not very hot water as this can damage skin and cause redness. After washing, avoid rubbing your hands dry as this can aggravate sensitive skin and remove moisture. Gently pat your hands dry using a cotton towel instead.
Apply Moisturiser Straight After Washing
We wash our hands to remove unwanted germs, dirt and bacteria. But in doing so we also strip our skin of the natural oils that it needs to stay healthy and retain moisture. That’s why it’s really important to use a hand lotion or cream that restores moisture levels after each wash. Look out for products, like Nota Bene’s bergamot & chamomile moisturiser, that use natural ingredients like shea butter and essential oils. This formula is ideal for sensitive skin as it provides maximum hydration as well as anti-inflammatory properties which can help repair your skin during flare-ups. Pop some in your bag so it’s ready to use even when you’re on the go.
Swap to an Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitiser
Heavy usage of alcohol-based products is a recipe for excessive dryness that can lead to eczema even in people who haven't experienced the skin condition before. But there are some miracle products out there that give you the same level of protection without using alcohol. One of them is Kindr’s foaming hand sanitiser which has been developed by UK scientists and clinically proven as 99.999% effective against germs and bacteria. Which is higher than some alcohol-based sanitizers. The only difference between Kindr and traditional sanitisers is that the water-based solution has a non-toxic, non-flammable formula that doesn’t dry out the skin like alcohol. Instead, the liquid mixes with air to produce a silky foam which the hands absorb much faster than gel. The lack of alchohol or toxins also means that there’s no lingering, nasty smell either. Which makes it perfect for the whole family whatever their skin type.