How to prevent hand skin damage?

How to prevent hand skin damage?

During the months of the pandemic, various types of skin irritations and damage - from allergic to mechanical - are on the rise. Elevated levels of stress and anxiety are the main causes of this, but there is something else. 

Frequent application of disinfectants, which is necessary for this period, results in the manifestation of various skin problems - from dehydration and increased sensitivity, to eczema and contact dermatitis. Experts reveal how to prevent these problems!

What harms the skin of the hand the most?


People apply hand disinfectants daily. This habit is justified because it protects us from potential infection. But, on the other hand, these means destroy beneficial bacteria on the surface of the skin, necessary for maintaining its normal function. Our skin is a physical barrier that protects the body from the penetration of various pathogens. To perform this function, it is necessary to have a healthy microbiome on its surface. A high percentage of alcohol and inadequate pH value in many disinfectants are the main inconveniences that harm our skin. Alcohol can dry out keratinocytes, or skin barrier cells. This certainly increases the risk of infections, inflammation, allergic reactions, redness, edema, and cracking of the skin.

There is a solution!


Although we cannot stop washing and disinfecting our hands, certain measures will reduce the harmful effects of these procedures. Experts recommend the use of non-alcoholic products, based on hypochlorous acid. This combination of water, chloride, and a very small amount of vinegar is strong enough to destroy viruses, while it is much less harmful to the skin barrier and the microbiome. Use lukewarm water when washing your hands. It will not dry out the skin as it is hot. After that, rub a moisturizer into the still damp skin of your hands. This will allow for longer moisture retention. Use as nourishing and hydrating creams and lotions as possible for hand care.

Eucerin UreaRepair Plus hand cream with 5% urea

Eucerin UreaRepair Plus hand cream with 5% urea


Contains urea, ceramides, and other natural moisturizing factors. It has been clinically proven to instantly alleviate the symptoms of dry skin, and to intensively hydrate very dry, rough, and tight skin of the hands, even after repeated washing. This cream strengthens the skin's natural barrier function, making the skin hydrated for up to 48 hours.

The Body Shop Lemon Protecting Hand & Body Lotion


The Body Shop Lemon Protecting Hand & Body Lotion


Provides 72-hour hydration and protects the skin from dehydration caused by external aggressors. Formulated with natural lemon essential oils, known for their cleansing properties, The Body Shop Lotion leaves skin protected and hydrated after frequent washes. Plus - it smells wonderful!

Avon Care hand cream with emollients

Avon Care hand cream with emollients


Enriched with a moisturizing complex with emollients and jojoba oil, it provides advanced care and restores moisture and softness to the skin. Clinically proven to solve dry skin problems. Provides relief immediately after application, prevents irritation and redness, hydrates, and intensively nourishes the skin.


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