2020 had been that year where we are forced to do things against our wishes. Maybe someone heard about our “less-holidays” complaint and threw this ‘months’ vacation at us, and now we are already bored. How much and for how many hours shall we binge-watch or be online just for the sake of some human touch? Remember when our ancestors used to dream of a digital world in 2020? Yes, that’s what we are in now. Shifting from every human contact to the more virtual and robotic one. Moreover, we don’t even have any other choice, right? The globe already lost so many lives and we need to protect the rest of them. Hence, we ought to (even if do not wish to) take care of our hygiene and health so that we can also protect our loved ones. Washing hands vigorously for 20 seconds to wearing a mask religiously has become the new lifestyle and there is no near chance to get rid of that. Unfortunately, there had been several problems arising due to the new way of life, and definitely calls our attention. Dry skins and skin diseases like eczema and been seeing these amongst the health care professionals. Then, what is the solution? Don’t worry. We have jotted down a few steps which can be followed to protect our hands from the gnawing skin diseases.
1. REDUCE THE USE OF HAND SANITIZERS
It has been seen that the alcohol-based sanitizers are causing more harm to the skin than the regular hand washes since they are eroding the upper layers and pushing towards vulnerability. People with eczema are suffering the most and emollients are the only rescuers here. Here is the solution. Apply the emollients immediately after using the sanitizers. Try to use mild soaps instead of alcohol-based sanitizers. Moreover, sanitizers are not always beneficial when it comes to protection from the virus; moisture palms, then apply hand cream or hand moisturizer to retain and restore the moisture. Your skin demands extra moisture to keep it supple and soft.
2. TRY TO FIND THE RIGHT MOISTURIZER
Our market is blessed with various types of products catering to different kinds of skin types. From dry to oily to combined. Now you need to understand which one would be the best for your skin. If required try to consult a doctor if you think you have serious symptoms showing on your skin. Carry your own tube or tub to avoid the spread of the virus. Use your personal products.
3. CURE ECZEMA AT HOME
First and foremost, try to identify the main reasons behind eczema. Find out whether it is an external factor or internal, does your skin require any medication. Moisturize twice a day to lock in the moisture. Do not bathe with extremely hot water, it will wash away the oils that protects the skin. Try to use mild soaps rather than the hard ones. Once you are done bathing, do not rub your skin vigorously with a towel. Pat and dry.
4. ALOE VERA GEL
Another important cure for the dry skin is aloe vera gel. It contains cooling elements which help to reduce irritation and itchiness and retains the moisture. It is also beneficial for sensitive skin. Use it in small amounts, excessive use might lead to the opposite. Hang the aloe vera stem overnight, keeping the open-side upside down so that the yellow juice gets out of the gel. Scoop out the gel and apply it on your skin. If you don’t have access to the plant, then buy products that have aloe vera content.
5. ESSENTIAL OILS
Essential Oils have more staying power than moisturizers and prevent the evaporation of water from the skin. Yes, it might be a bit sticky, but it is more effective. It is advisable to use baby oils since they have fewer chemicals and are less greasy. It forms a layer over the skin and seals the hydration. On the other hand, coconut oils are obtained from raw coconuts and has fewer chemicals. It contains fatty acids that prevent the pores lose all the moisture. Go for the virgin pressed coconut oils, and if you don’t get hold of the virgin ones, go for the more available branded coconut oils.
6. GLYCERINE AND PETROLEUM JELLY
Petroleum jelly or glycerine helps to heal dry skin. They are gentle and soothes the dryness, keeping it hydrated. Plus point, it helps to get rid of itchy skin as well. Glycerine helps to retain the moisture as well as soaks the moisture from the air and is useful in every season.
7. BABY SOAPS
Avoid dry soaps and instead, use shower gels or gentle skin cleansers or even baby soaps. They are normally creamy and comes with moisturizing elements.
You can also follow these steps and apply for the entire body. Dry skin has been a serious dermatology problem for the past few years because of the increased heat and changing environments. Hope these steps will help you with the new-born troubles and keep you safe and healthy during the chaos of pandemic.