Tips to take care of the disease and avoid dryness.

Our hands are the first line of defense in the battle against COVID-19. To prevent the spread of the virus, it is essential that we wash them frequently with soap and water, taking the time recommended by the World Health Organization (at least 20 seconds, rubbing both sides, between the fingers and the spaces between the nails). We can also use disinfectants with at least 60% alcohol.

In this scenario, in which we wash our hands dozens of times a day, disinfectants, detergents and soaps can affect the skin, drying it excessively, irritating it and, in extreme cases, even cracking it.

This happens because excessive water and soap can eliminate the lipid mantle of the skin, damaging the proteins of the upper layer of our epidermis and causing changes in its natural fats. This can cause them to feel red, rough, scaly, tight and dry, especially on the fingers and knuckles.

But this should not deter us from following the directions of health authorities and the government to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Fortunately, there are certain keys that will allow us to protect ourselves from the virus without neglecting the skin on our hands:

  • Choose natural soaps, free of irritants and made with aloe vera or olive oil.
  • Dry hands thoroughly after each washing, using disposable paper towels.
  • Wear gloves when cleaning the kitchen or bathroom to protect yourself from detergents and bleach.
  • Keep them well hydrated by applyingcreams rich in Vitamin A throughout the day.

In this way we can take care of the Coronavirus by giving the skin on our hands the hydration it needs to continue protecting us.