Washing hands regularly and repeated applications of alcohol-based hand sanitisers is drying your skin out – there’s no question about it. However, it’s also one of the most effective ways to keep safe from the coronavirus, so there’s no getting around it either. But we have to moisturise. Here’s why.
When washing our hands thoroughly with soap and water multiple times a day, we aren’t just keeping our hands germ-free.It rinses off grime and microbes, but also strips away the natural layer of oil, known as sebum, that protects our skin. Over time, this leads to dry, cracked skin.
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It’s bad for our looks, sure. But there’s more: fissures that form on cracked skin provide an entryway for germs – so make revitalising the skin on your hands an integral part of your routine. Here’s our top hand moisturisers, creams and salves that’ll keep your hands as soft as a baby, letting you wash away with aplomb.