How to Treat Dry Hands After Sanitizing
These days, hand sanitizer & frequent hand washing, has become a daily ritual in our lives. Whether using your own sanitizer or receiving it while going out, frequent sanitizing can strip the skin of its natural oils, leading to dry hands and irritation.
Moisturizing after using hand sanitizer protects you from disease, by keeping the protective layer of oil on your hands intact.
Applying a nourishing lotion after cleansing is a habit that, once cultivated, offers benefits that keep on giving. The body is rejuvenated.
What goes onto your skin, goes into your body.
Sanitizer Strips Skin of its Natural Protective Oils
Frequent cleansing can also make your skin less able to protect itself. Washing or sanitizing frequently and aggressively, strips the natural skin barrier. Although it is essential and important, know that cleansing does not only remove the dirty viruses and bacteria that are external to your body. Further, washing with chemicals can also kill the healthy biomes that live on our skin surface, and this can lead to deterioration in skin health.
Officially approved hand sanitizer contains at least 70% alcohol. Some contain up to 99% alcohol. Always read the label carefully and investigate the ingredients. Some hand sanitizers quickly released to the public in the past few months, actually incorrectly included toxic methanol, which put people's health at risk.
Without the protection of oils, moisture escapes from the skin. When your skin starts to feel dry, cracked, or raw, it is beginning to suffer damage from from harsh washing or alcohol.
Dry hands from frequent sanitizing can actually make skin vulnerable to infection.
At this stage, your skin becomes vulnerable to infection. The skin is the body's largest organ. It is the body's primary defense against bacteria and viruses. Cracked skin is painful and risky. Health-harming microbes have an easier time getting into your body and your bloodstream.
5 Tips for Preventing Dry Hands after Sanitizing
- Moisturize Your Hands After Cleaning. After washing hands with soap or using hand sanitizer, lightly moisturize your hands. This step does not increase the likelihood of picking up germs. Instead, it decreases the chance that germs will pass through your skin and into your body.
- Ensure Your Moisturizer is Alcohol-Free. Natural moisturizers are a great solution, because they do not include harmful and drying ingredients. A hand cream that includes alcohol may have felt fine in the past, but when using it after hand sanitization, it will make skin more dry and could worsen your skin health.
- Apply a Hand Mask. When cleaning with harsh chemicals is a regular part of the day, this is an essential step. Use a super hydrating cream, like a butter or a moisturizing soufflé and let it sink into the skin and hydrate deeply. Apply a hand mask before sleeping, and experience how the skin is rejuvenated by morning. If the skin is really in bad shape, put on a pair of light gloves over your moisturized hands overnight.
- Use Soap with Superfats. You can avoid the drying effect even more by using vegan soaps filled with superfats. Higher quality soaps allow for a gentler effect on your skin, while keeping you clean of germs. Soaps created with pure, rich fats immediately replenish the oil barrier on your skin that gets washed off.
- Travel with Moisturizer. Carry around a small tube of nutrient-rich moisturizer for those daily trips. But remember not to share your items. Stay soft, and stay safe.