How to take care of dry hands during COVID 19 and Winter

Washing your hands more than usual and using hand sanitisers can take its toll on your hands which could leave them dry, itchy, cracked or irritated.

In the past, my hands have gone through stages of being dry, itchy and irritated.  The problem which I had was the constant hand washing and the use of hand sanitisers. What I also realised is that I didn’t always moisturise my hands, and this would lead to dry and irritated hands.

During the autumn and winter months, the temperature changes, and this can affect your hands. It’s taken me some time to find something that works for me, but I’m glad I have. When the weather is cold I wear leather gloves as I find this more comfortable, it doesn’t cause any irritation, and it protects my hands from the cold.

Although I no longer have eczema on my hands, my skin is still sensitive, and by not moisturising my hands afterwards could trigger inflammation. I need a barrier on my skin to lock in the moisture without clogging my pores. 

I want my hands to continue to feel soft and smooth as this makes me feel happy, confident and not conscious. It is far easier for me to do daily chores when my hands are in good condition.

In the past, when my hands were dry, irritated, and the skin had thickened by constant scratching, it affected my self-esteem, confidence and dictated what I did and where I went. I became so self-conscious that I preferred to stay at home so that I didn’t feel awkward outside and then have to explain about my hands.

If this has happened to your comment down below about what you are putting in place to overcome this.

What is my current hand regime?

I now use the Lavender Body Butter Lotion from my Icylda Skincare range; to moisturise my hands throughout the day as and when. The Lavender Body Butter Lotion locks in moisture whilst providing a barrier to my skin, leaving my hands soft, supple and smooth, with a subtle smell of Lavender. It helps a lot when I have to wash my hands often as I am putting the moisture back into my skin.

I use Lavender & Geranium Shower/Bath Gel; from my Icylda Skincare range, that can be used as a gentle hand wash, containing Aloe Vera, which has anti-bacterial and moisturising properties. View my shower/bath gels.

Every time I wash my hands, I moisturise my hands afterwards to prevent my skin from becoming dry, itchy and irritated. I am proud of my new hand regime as; finally, I can see the dramatic improvement in my hands. I have regained my confidence.

For some people, they may feel frustrated as their skin condition is not improving. Others may continue to use emollients and topical steroids. There may be others hopeful, that they will find a natural alternative which isn’t prescription medication, soothes and moisturises the skin leaving it smooth and soft.

I am a busy mother of 3 children and needed to find a natural, skincare alternative, which helped to bring relief to my skin, and I wasn’t on prescription medication. As I couldn’t find anything at the time and my eczema was getting worse, I decided to make my skincare range, which worked well and I wanted to make this available for others experiencing eczema or skin ailments. Icylda Skincare range offers a natural alternative to meet your needs.

When you have a busy or hectic lifestyle, meeting up with friends, work for colleagues and family;  you want a hand sanitiser that works without leaving your hands greasy and sticky. 

I’ve tried different types of hand sanitisers over the years, which have their pros and cons. But I will be discussing these three; hand gels, foams and hand gel sprays which all contain alcohol.

I found that hand gels left my hands feeling clammy, tacky and the smell of the hand gel transferred onto my food. It did not leave my hands feeling clean or moisturised. I would rate this as 0/10.

The foam hand sanitiser was water-based my hands didn’t feel clean or moisturised. It didn’t leave a coating on my skin, and the smell did not transfer onto my food. I would rate this as 1/10.

Finally, the hand gel spray did not leave a coating on my skin. I felt the moisturising properties while cleaning my hands.  It had a subtle refreshing smell, and the scent disappeared.  The smell did not transfer onto my food, and it didn’t feel tacky. I would rate this as a 10/10.

I also invested in a pair of leather gloves which were expensive at the time, but the benefits outweigh the costs. I use the same pair of leather gloves which I’ve had for more than 15 years, and they still protect my hands from the first day I bought them.

Unlike other gloves I’ve worn in the past my hands do not get cold. The gloves are a more eco-friendly alternative to buying numerous pairs of polyester gloves, and they are more comfortable on the skin as they do not cause any friction which can happen when wearing polyester gloves.

When you’re on the go and eating out, try to find a hand sanitiser that is antibacterial, moisturising and doesn’t strip your skin or leave it dry. Some hand sanitisers which contain alcohol do dry the skin out so if you have to use an alcohol-based gel check to see if this is suitable for eczema and sensitive skin. You could compare a couple of hand sanitisers with the amount of alcohol they contain.

If your hands are dry during the evening, applying a rich and creamy moisturiser and wearing 100% light organic cotton gloves to bed could be beneficial. I remember doing this in my early stages of having eczema, and it worked wonders!

I would be interested in knowing what your hand regime is during this time and how you are going to be keeping your hands moisturised.

Where possible, avoid hand gels with a high percentage of alcohol. With soap and water make sure to clean your hands with a gentle hand wash, so that it does not irritate your skin or cause a flare-up. Most of all, remember to apply a moisturiser after washing your hands. Visit my shop.

Let me know how you get on.

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Written and posted by Amanda Roberts, the Founder of Icylda Skincare on 18th August 2020.

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