With more and more countries entering a complete or partial lockdown due to the COVID-19, practicing personal hygiene is still considered as the best way of preventing the spread of the virus. WHO, CDC, as well as other organizations, had compiled instructions on proper hand care during this situation. In addition to that, it’s also very important to properly care for your hands as extensive washing can damage your skin so make sure to read below!
When you should wash hands
Proper handwashing is important on multiple occasions, not only when you get back from the outside. You should also practice it:
- After coughing or sneezing
- Before, during and after you prepare food
- Before eating
- After toilet use
- After handling animals or animal waste
- When hands are visibly dirty
- When entering from outside or touching outside objects
Source: WHO, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention
How to properly wash hands
Since washing hands is one of the only effective ways of preventing the spread of not only coronavirus, but many other bacteria and germs, knowing how to wash them properly is a must.
How to care for your hands
Extensive hand washing can really dry out your skin, especially if you’re washing under warm water. In situations like this, when we wash our hands more often than usual, we have to be aware to properly hydrate our hands! Dry hands are not only an aesthetic but a health problem as well. When your skin is extremely dry, it gets micro-cracks which make your hands a great surface for the virus to enter your body. If your hands are really dry and cracked, it’s advisable to wear surgical gloves when going shopping or touching any public surfaces, to lower the possibility of contracting coronavirus.
We prepared some educational tips that will help you keep your hands moisturized and healthy!
Choose hand creams that contain urea
Urea is a powerful hydrating agent that helps keep the moisture in your skin, leaving it hydration for a longer period of time. It’s best for people who have psoriasis, eczema or extremely dry and flaky skin.
Every time you wash your hands with soap and water, you strip away its natural oils and disrupt the pH balance. It’s important to hydrate after every (or every other) wash to keep your hands moisturized.
Wearing gloves is not only a must when being outside, but is also important when doing tasks around the house. Make sure to wear gloves when washing the dishes, cleaning, or handling any cleaning supplies that can be harmful to your skin and health.