These days, we’re all washing our hands more frequently. As well as applying hand sanitizer much more often.
Combined, these practices can drastically reduce the spread of germs. But they can also lead to sore, dry, raw and even cracked skin. So the question becomes…
How can we avoid raw hands from hand washing and sanitizing?
Clearly, the answer isn’t to reduce these practices. Instead, give these tips a try:
Watch Water Temperature. While hot water can feel oh-so-good, warm water does just as good of a job, without drying out the skin.
Avoid Artificial Scents. They may smell nice, but artificial scents can be harsh on the skin. Opt for soaps that are naturally scented or have none at all.
Look for Super-Fatted Soap. ‘Super fat’ soaps refer to those that include moisturizing ingredients such as ricebran oil, cocoa or shea butter. These are butters and oils that are not consumed during the soap making process. Instead, they remain in the bar to nourish and hydrate the skin. All of our True Natural Bar Soaps are super-fatted so that they nourish while they cleanse.
Moisturize Regularly. Keeping hands moisturized throughout the day may seem like a never-ending process with all the hand washing. But it is important. Our True Natural Moisturizing Skin Gel is an easy way to keep on top of this while going about your day. A little goes a long way, it’s fast absorbing and non-greasy. So it really takes no time at all. Be sure to apply just before bed as well, so it has time to work through the night.
While hand washing is best, when there’s no soap or water around, hand sanitizer is the next best option. If you’re having a hard time finding hand sanitizer, we have a simple DIY hand sanitizer recipe here that not only sanitizes but has moisturizing properties as well.
Do you have any other tips to prevent raw hands from hand washing and sanitizing? We’d love to hear them!