Washing our hands regularly throughout the day is a really important step in our defence against common viruses and harmful bacteria. And, if you work in areas such as hospitality, health or childcare, it’s even more vital that you wash your hands often and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds.
The bad news is that while hand washing is essential to good hygiene, anti-bacterial cleansers can leave the skin feeling dry, scaly and even cracked across the knuckles. This is because regularly cleansing strips it of essential lipids and oils, damaging the skin’s natural protective barrier that keeps water locked in.
So how can you restore this essential barrier while keeping your hands clean but hydrated?