Wash your hands too much? Make sure they are nourished
Health professionals and the WHO emphasize that washing hands for at least 20 seconds, several times during the day, is the most effective way to prevent coronavirus. While washing our hands can protect us from getting sick, it can also cause dryness and disruption to the top layer of our skin, according to dermatologists. Dr. Jaishree Sharad, cosmetic dermatologist, says: Soaps, along with dirt and grime, also remove natural oils from our skin. So look for products that are softer and, more importantly, that have moisturizing properties. Foamed soaps have sodium lauryl sulfate and are harder than others.
Find the right moisturizer
What we can do to keep our hands nourished and in good health is to hydrate after each wash. Any good moisturizer would ideally have ingredients like shea, cocoa, vitamin E, almonds, coconut, ceramides, or hyaluronic acid. Apply them in thick layers, it will keep your hands nourished, says Dr. Jaishree Sharad, cosmetic dermatologist, and adds: Avoid water-based moisturizers.
Sleep wearing gloves
Dr. Monica Gogoi, cosmetic dermatologist, recommends keeping your hands slightly moist after washing and after applying the moisturizer. You can even wear light cotton gloves at night, as that is when the skin rests and replenishes itself. In this way, your hands will also be protected from any external irritants.
Home remedies for dry hands
Try these home remedies for dry hands suggested by beauty expert Shahnaz Husain
- Mix four teaspoons of almond oil, one tablespoon of rose water and half a teaspoon of benzoin tincture, added drop by drop. Apply this to your hands at night and wear loose cotton gloves. Rinse your hands with water the next morning.
- Mix choker (wheat bran) and kiss with turmeric and milk. Apply paste to hands and wash after 20 minutes.
- Mix almond oil and honey in equal parts and massage the cuticles. For dry nails, heat any vegetable oil and soak your fingers in it for ten minutes.