We all know that keeping your hands clean is critical as it protects us against infection and helps to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
But has frequent handwashing left you with dry hands and skin?
You've probably often been told to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitisers if water and soap are not accessible. The problem is that sanitizers and soaps also strip off the natural, protective oils in your skin, causing it to dry out and potentially leading to irritation that can exacerbate dry skin issues.
Keep your hands clean and moisturised at the same time.
Once hands are washed, pat them dry rather than rubbing them, which can irritate the skin - try to leave a small amount of dampness.
Immediately use lanolin to seal in the moisture. It does not include irritants, such as retinol or other anti-aging serums, allergens, or fragrances. Lanolin is ideal to use as it's an emollient with conditioning properties that make it effective in combating dry skin.
Lanolin is more nourishng than body lotion, which is primarily water-based; further drying out the skin once the water evaporates.