BUFFALO, N.Y. — Washing your hands and using hand sanitizer are some of the best defenses against the spread of Covid-19, but they can leave you with dry, cracked skin.
So what can you do about it?
In honor of Global Hand Washing Day on October 15th, we consulted the experts for some healthy skincare tips. The nurses at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, who've been wearing PPE and following Covid safety protocols for hand washing and sanitizing every day for months now, have seen firsthand what can happen what can happen to overly dry skin.
Elizabeth Clark is a clinical wound advisor. She says that frequent hand-washing and sanitizer can deplete the skin of natural moisture and oils, leaving it dry and vulnerable to possible infections. The best defense? Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
"Wash your hands as much as you can to help prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria, but when you're done washing your hands, towel dry them and then apply a nice lotion as soon as you can," she told 2 On Your Side.
Here's what to look for when choosing a hand lotion:
- Contains mineral oil or Ceramides
- Comes in a tube rather than a pump-bottle
- Fragrance-free, dye-free, and lanolin free
Clark also recommends applying hand cream or ointment immediately after using hand sanitizer, as well as on your face and behind your ears when wearing a mask.