Hand washing has always been important. Yet in times like these, we are washing our hands repeatedly, using huge amounts of hand sanitizer, and our skin is paying the price. You may notice your skin is beginning to crack or has developed tiny cuts, like hangnails. These cracks and cuts can allow bacteria and viruses to penetrate the skin more easily. Here’s a hand washing routine that will help strengthen your skin barrier, kill any bacteria or viruses and ultimately protect your overall health.
1. Use a soap with a pH formulation that won’t strip the skin. The skin’s pH is important for the microbial barrier function of the skin – similar to the role of healthy nutrition for the gut microbiome. Sebamed Fragrance Free Gentle Hydrating Cleanser has a natural pH of 5.5 that won’t strip the natural protective hydrolipid layer of the skin
2. Apply a moisturizing lotion after every wash to prevent your skin from becoming dry and cracked. It is easier for germs to enter your system through small cuts that can occur when skin becomes dry and cracked. Try Sebamed Fragrance Free Gentle Hydrating Lotion which has a pH balance of 5.5 to protect and hydrate your skin. It deeply nourishes dry skin and improves elasticity with botanical phytosterols, shea butter, and vitamin E.
3. For targeted hand moisturizing, try Sebamed Hydrating Hand & Nail Balm. Apply any time during the day to give your hands a moisture boost and take it with you in case you are washing your hands outside your home. The hydrating balm has Allantoin and Bisabolol to soothe the skin, while Hydrolyzed Keratin supports elasticity and resilience of the nails.