Washing your hands: Why is matters and how to care for your skin.

Washing your hands is just the first of two essential steps for healthy hand hygiene. Here’s how to care for your skin after all the scrubbing.

It’s certainly been a trying time for our hands—banished from the face, smothered in hand sanitizer day in and day out, and constantly washed… It’s safe to say hand health has never been more important.

Since the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was first discovered, health experts have been reinforcing the importance of hand washing to prevent its spread. And, with winter upon us, it’s become even more crucial to take good care of our hands. But good hand hygiene goes well beyond soap and water. A nourishing hand cream that hydrates and protects the skin barrier is essential.

Sure, you might be washing your hands as much as humanly possible, but how are you treating those hardworking heroes the rest of the day? Here, we’re breaking down exactly how to wash and care for your hands to ensure maximum germ protection and optimal skin health. Read on friends, you’re in good hands.

Why you should be washing your hands

Hand washing is probably the first-ever personal care task you learned as a kid. Think about it: Which came first, tying your shoes or washing your hands? There’s a reason your parents and teachers were relentless with hand hygiene reminders: Hand washing works!

Hand washing helps get rid of germs like rhinoviruses (which cause the common cold), influenza, and norovirus (which can cause stomach bugs). Washing your hands before you eat is a no-brainer since ingesting these germs is what makes you sick. But frequently washing your digits throughout the day is also key. The longer germs stay on your hands, the more likely you are to accidentally ingest them (through touching your face, for example) or pass them on to other people.

THE BASICS OF HAND WASHING: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE LATHER

If you’re not washing your hands correctly, you’re really not protecting yourself—or others. That’s right, there’s a right way to wash your hands!

Using soap is more effective than using water alone but you can’t rely on soap to do all the work. Lathering and scrubbing hands creates friction, which helps to lift dirt and germs from skin. Once you’ve lathered and scrubbed your hands for 20 seconds, rinse them under clean, running water to wash away the bad stuff.

Here’s the step-by-step guide to properly washing your hands, according to the CDC:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

HOW TO PREVENT DRY HANDS FROM HAND WASHING

As we mentioned, hand washing is just one step in your hand health ritual. For optimal results, you’re also going to need a nourishing hand cream that hydrates and protects the skin barrier.

With all the washing you’re doing, it’s almost a guarantee that you’ll experience some dryness—especially during the cold, winter months. Itchy, scaly skin is uncomfortable, and it can also be a health issue. If your skin is chapped enough to lead to cracks and broken skin, you may actually be increasing your risk of getting sick. That’s because germs could enter through broken skin, leading to infection and illness.

To prevent dry hands, no matter how often you wash, be sure to choose a soap that soothes skin and doesn’t strip it of its natural oils, and always dry your hands thoroughly.

Next, double down on some extra TLC and reach for a hydrating hand cream that adds much-needed moisture. Enter Detox Mode Impossible Hand Cream. Quenching aloe vera teams up with nourishing shea butter to deliver next-level hand hydration. Vitamin E works to boost cell regeneration and helps to strengthen your skin’s barrier function. The aromatic blend of bergamot and cedarwood lifts your spirits, inspiring unlimited potential. Who doesn’t need a little bit of mood boost these days?! It’s the perfect finale to your hand health ritual.

WHAT ABOUT HAND SANITIZER?

When you’re on the go, you can use a hand sanitizer; however, washing your hands with soap and water is still the most effective way to eliminate germs. Hand sanitizer is really more of a back-up when you don’t have access to soap and water.

WHAT ABOUT HAND SANITIZER?

When you’re on the go, you can use a hand sanitizer; however, washing your hands with soap and water is still the most effective way to eliminate germs. Hand sanitizer is really more of a back-up when you don’t have access to soap and water.

KEEP THESE ESSENTIALS ON HAND:

Detox Mode Impossible Hand Cream

Featuring our signature Impossible blend of aromatherapeutic bergamot and cedarwood, this hand cream infuses silky shea butter with generous doses of aloe vera and vitamin E to get you back to baby-soft.

Detox Mode Impossible Soap

Fulfill your craving for clean with a universal soap that elevates your daily routine to an act of indulgence. Nourishing fruit oils work in tandem to gently cleanse hands and body, while satisfying suds leave skin feeling silky, never stripped.

100% Pure Hand Sanitizer Spray

A plant-based sanitizer that helps reduce disease-causing bacteria. Our quick-drying spray formula is made with hydrating aloe vera gel and antibacterial tea tree oil, to leave skin feeling soft and moisturize.

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