Taking care of our skin can help it look and feel it’s best. But it’s not always easy to know what to do to.
That’s why we’ve put together our advice on how you can look after your skin, particularly with frequent hand washing.
How to look after your hands:
Although important to protect against infections, hand washing can take its toll on your skin as it’s stripping your skin of its natural protective barrier. But, there’s ways to protect your skin, while maintaining good hygiene.
- When washing your hands, try to use warm water rather than very hot. Hot water can dry your skin.
- Try to use a soap that is both anti-bacterial and moisturising.
- Apply a hand cream after you’ve washed your hands to stop your skin from losing moisture.
If you have a skin condition, such as eczema make sure you might find it better to use an emollient soap substitute as bar or liquid soaps can dry out your skin. They don’t foam like a normal soap but are just as effective at cleaning your skin.
Emollients can help prevent flare-ups and inflammation. You can also get emollients in other forms, including lotions, sprays, creams and ointments. The NHS suggests applying emollients frequently and in large amounts to help keep your skin hydrated and help protect it from allergens and irritants.
Don’t forget the rest of your skin:
With your hands taken care of, it’s now time to consider looking after the rest of your skin. The basics are the same:
- Cleanse your body with a gentle body wash
- Consider exfoliating two-three times a week to gently buff away any dry skin
- Moisturise your body. After a shower or bath, while your skin is still wet is the ideal time to hydrate your skin (don’t forget your feet too!)