During these uncertain times, it's easy to neglect some of our more basic beauty rituals. While an attention to hand-washing and social distancing is certainly at its peak, we may forget that an increase in hand-washing results in a higher moisture-demand for our hands.
Don't get us wrong - health far prevails over vanity. However, the reality is, dry skin is more than skin deep. Lack of moisture for the skin can lead to topical dehydration, making us susceptible to cracking and peeling - all of which places our overall health at risk.
With that said, we recently received some helpful tips from Dove experts on how to prevent (dry) hands during these drying times!
When it comes to hand-washing, it's important to be mindful of what you place on your skin. According to Dove Dermatologist Dr. Mona Gohara, when washing your hands, make sure you use a gentle and moisturizing cleanser like Dove Foaming Hand Wash to ensure your skin barrier stays healthy. This is crucial in order for your skin to do its best to defend against external irritants & microbes. Try to avoid harsh cleansers such as traditional soaps; they strip your skin of essential oils leaving your hands extra dry, flaky and rough. Also, make sure you wash your hands for as long as it takes to sing the ‘Happy Birthday’ in either warm or cold water. But be careful and make sure the water is not too hot, as this may cause the skin to become dry quickly.
To dry your hands, Dr. Gohara also suggests always using a separate towel for your hands and face. Remember your eyes, mouth and nose are susceptible to virus transmission, and our hands can pass the germs, so separate towels work best. When drying your hands, be careful of rubbing them against each other too hard. Instead, gently pat them, as this will prevent over drying the hands, and help preserve your skin’s own natural moisturizers.
While it may feel like an extra step to moisturize your hands after every hand wash session, remember - the better the moisturizer, the less amount of times you have to reapply it. A good moisturizer is a go-to!
While your hands are still moist (either from washing or applying hand sanitizer), layer on a good moisturizer like Dove Cream Oils Intensive Body Lotion. Enriched with skin nourishing oils, Dove Cream Oils Intensive Body Lotion delivers 24-hour moisturization. This product also helps nourish and replenish the surface layers of the skin, leaving your hands soft, smooth and hydrated.
While it certainly helps to maintain your exterior's health - winning skin starts from within!
Always remember that water is important to your overall health and well-being. Our skin has always reflected what we eat, so staying hydrated is key! This means both drinking - and eating - our water intake. Water-rich foods include watermelon (obviously), strawberries, celery, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes and more- all of which have 90% or more of water content!
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