How to Avoid Dry, Chapped Skin From Hand-Washing

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The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on our population’s health, work, travel, sports, social lives, and even toilet paper supply. It’s probably also causing a lot of damage to your hands – as a result of the frequent hand-washing that’s necessary to keep us healthy and prevent the spread of the virus. And although a case of dry hands isn’t the biggest health concern on anyone’s mind right now, it makes sense to protect the skin’s barrier, since cracked or chapped hands can actually make the skin more susceptible to various types of infection.

So, what can we do to soothe our hardworking hands?
Slather up at bedtime. Nighttime may be the only time we’re not hand-washing incessantly, so it makes sense to quench and hydrate hands as a last step before bed. Cleanse gently, and while the hands are still damp and warm, coat them with a liberal layer of a plain, thick, fragrance-free cream or ointment. (Lighter lotions, serums, and oils may not be enough to heal dry, chapped hands.). Dermatologist favorites include [Replenix Moisturizing & Protective Hand Cream]. A pair of gloves worn on top can help the moisturizer quench and penetrate even better.

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Concentrated Advice: Best for Dry Skin
Topix SRS Pro-Ceramide Barrier Repair
“The hefty dose of ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin in this feel good serum increases the skin’s moisture levels and replenishes the lipid layer of the skin. Antioxidants help soothe the irritation caused by dry skin, and rosemary extract supports the ceramide production of the skin so that it can repair itself more effectively.” – Melanie Palm, MD
March/April, 2015