As per the guidelines from CDC and WHO, proper hand washing is the most effective way towards containing or reducing the spread of the coronavirus.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 around the world, washing hands has become critical to prevent the spread of the virus. Due to this, we are washing our hands an unprecedented number of times, more than we have ever done. However, excessive washing of hands can lead to itchy, rough and dry skin, which can cause open wounds and increase your risk of picking germs. In addition, lack of hydration can result in micro-breaks or tears and if we are not careful could become the major source of entry for micro-organisms predisposing us to infection and disease.
With these expert tips from Dr. Aparna Santhanam, Skincare Expert Consultant, ITC Dermafique you can continue to wash your hands as recommended, yet protect and heal dry skin at the same time to fend off viruses & bacteria.
- Wash every part of your hand, including between your fingertips and in and around your nails for at least 20 seconds in lukewarm water.
- Washing your hands thoroughly takes the same amount of time as singing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice.
- Pat dry your hands with a clean towel but leave them moist. Apply a pea-sized amount of hand cream over your hands.
- Use a hand sanitizer which contains at least 60% alcohol to kill germs, only if you do not have access to soap and water.
- As hand sanitizers can be very drying, soon after applying hand sanitizer, apply a small amount of a fragrance-free moisturiser onto your hands. Make sure you hydrate your fingertips and nails too. Pro Tip: [Always use a cream that contains mineral oil. Such moisturizers tend to feel less irritating and are absorbed quickly, relieving dry, chapped skin.]