While washing your hands may seem like common sense, it's important to remember that even an effective soap and water wash is only going to give you a quick rinse. Washing your hands thoroughly for at least twenty seconds reduces the amount of germs or bacteria on your hands.
Whether you’re washing up, typing up that email or just feeling like your hands are busier than ever, you might be noticing dry or cracked areas. If so, it is time to revisit your hand care routine to start looking after those dry patches.
How Often Should I Wash My Hands?
Hand washing is a key to staying healthy. So, when should you be washing your hands? How often? This will depend on your day-to-day activity, but we recommend washing your hands anytime you do one of the following:
- Before and after preparing food
- Before eating
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet or changing a nappy
- After blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing
- After touching animals, including pets.
You might not be able to avoid other people and contaminated surfaces, but you can reduce the amount of grit and grime that builds up on your hands by washing them when you arrive at work and return home.
How To Stop Your Hands From Feeling Dry
Keeping hands clean can sometimes come at a price – dry skin. Excessive washing can strip hands of moisture leaving your skin dry, tight and uncomfortable. Using a moisturising cream or lotion throughout the day will help restore moisture and seal it back into the skin.