One of the main recommendations that all experts give us to fight coronavirus is that we wash our hands a lot. Good hygiene prevents the accumulation of bacteria and viruses and reduces the chances of contagion.
With the number of times we wash our hands and using disinfectants or gloves these days, the skin becomes too dry. So here are some quick and simple tips from Dr. Mona Gohara, Dove dermatologist, on how to prevent and care for super dry hands during this time.
Tip 1 - Wash your hands: When washing your hands, try to avoid strong cleansers such as traditional soaps that strip your skin of essential oils, leaving your hands dry and flaky. Also, be sure to wash your hands for as long as necessary, chant "happy birthday" in warm or cold water, but not too hot, as this can make your hands dry quickly. Tip 2 - Dry your hands:In addition, Dr. Mona Gohara suggests drying your hands using a different face and hand towel. Remember, your eyes, mouth, and nose are susceptible to virus transmission, and your hands can pass germs, so separate towels work best,”she said. When drying your hands, be careful to rub them together too hard, better pat them gently. This will prevent your hands from drying out excessively and help preserve your skin's natural moisturizers. Tip 3: Moisturizer is key: Don't forget to hydrate! While your hands are still wet (either by washing or applying hand sanitizer), apply a good moisturizer. The Dove Cream Oils Intensive Body Lotion is inEnriched with nourishing oils for the skin and providing 24-hour moisturization, this product nourishes the superficial layers of the skin, leaving your hands soft and hydrated. Tip 4: Stay hydrated: Your skin has always reflected what you eat, so staying hydrated is key. So don't forget to "eat, drink, and be happy." Eating nutrient-dense foods like nuts and avocados can aid overall hydration. And don't forget that your H2O is a must!