How To Care For Dry Hands Amidst COVID-19

With the recent COVID-19 outbreak, it's more important now than ever to take care of your body and practice proper hygiene routines, like the 20 second hand washing rule.

But with the increase of hand washing comes dry, cracked hands, which are not only uncomfortable but can also leave you susceptible to harmful germs.

Read our curated list of expert tips on caring for dry hands and protecting yourself, your family, and your community:


"Thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water for around 20 seconds (which feels way longer than it sounds) is the best thing you can do to protect yourself and others around you.

All that handwashing will likely dry out your hands, too, so it’s a good idea to pick up some cream or lotion to keep them feeling soft."

- NY Mag


"Vigorous hand-washing and using harsh sanitisers can leave our hands feeling cracked and sore. This is because, over time, excessive washing depletes the skin's natural protective barrier. So what simple things can we do to prevent our hands feeling irritated?

Once you've throughly cleaned your hands, apply a moisture-rich hand cream to help repair any chapped skin and help keep them soft. Top tip: If you feel your skin is particularly dry, apply a thick cream to your hands overnight before you go to bed and pop on a pair of thin cotton gloves. This will lock in the moisture during the night."

- Country Living


"With increased handwashing and sanitizing, your hands may get dry and start to crack. Those cracks give germs a place to hide. It’s important to use a good moisturizer to prevent that from happening.

Consumer Reports recommends products that contain ceramides (oils), dimethicone (a type of silicone) and shea butter, which help provide a good seal on the skin. “The thicker the better,” they say."

- NBC News


“Some people think they might be overdoing it with how often they’re washing their hands now, but that’s the amount of washing that you’re supposed to do,” says dermatologist Amy Wechsler, who washes hers (followed by a pump of Purell) between every patient.

“I always apply moisturizer afterwards; it’s a simple dry-skin-care step. Washing your hands removes skin’s natural oils and breaks down its moisture barrier. If you give those oils right back in the form of a moisturizer, you can prevent the breakdown from happening.”

- The Cut


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