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SURPRISING WAYS TO MINIMIZE CORONAVIRUS EXPOSURE WHILE MOISTURIZING YOUR HANDS

Posted on June 05 2020


You might’ve heard the advice of some dermatologists and infectious disease experts that sanitizing your hands against CORONAVIRUS might not be enough - you have to moisturize them too. It is true that regular moisturizing can prevent skin shedding and thus minimize germ transmission. But there are some surprising caveats to proper hand hydration. In order for you to take charge of your own health and wellness, we want to present you with the scientific facts (WHY hand hydration prevents CORONAVIRUS exposure), a hands-on demonstration (no pun intended) of HOW to do it, and a helpful list of moisturizers that can protect you.

 Let’s dig in.

WHY

Here, three medical advisers share their expertise on why severely dry skin compromises our efforts to curb CORONAVIRUS infections.

“Cracked and bleeding hands are more susceptible to infections.”

The Washington Post explains why damaged skin harbors more pathogens and tends to shed them more easily. According to Christina Johns, senior medical adviser and spokeswoman for PM Pediatrics, “moisturizing hands reduces microbial shedding, which protects people from picking up viruses.”

“Our skin is our first line of defense.”

The Boston Globe Magazine tells us that germ protection is compromised if your hands are cracked and dry. In the words of dermatologist Joyce Imahiyerobo-Ip, “Mother nature has given us a protective barrier in our skin. We have antimicrobial peptides in our skin to help fight off infection”. However, “if there is inflammation, it imparts the barrier.”

“Washing damaged skin is less effective at reducing bacteria than washing normal skin.”

Online medical publication Infection Control Today states that not only is compromised skin hard to sanitize but once damaged, “barrier repair can only occur if moisture loss is inhibited.” In other words, skin healing will be prolonged and the protection from microbes jeopardized.

HOW

• The American Academy of Dermatology published a step-by-step guide on how to properly moisturize hands, check it out here.

• This video by the Massachusetts General Hospital shares tips for keeping hands hydrated and healthy.

WHAT

To protect your hands, here is what you need to do:

  1. Wash your hands with lukewarm water rather than hot 

  2. Blot hands dry instead of wiping them

  3. Get a cleanser that moisturizes your hands - cleansers that contain antimicrobial emollients soothe the skin while killing microorganisms

  4. Invest in some cotton gloves that you can wear overnight to help hold the moisture

  5. If you are using a tube, make sure you are not sharing it with anyone in order to prevent contamination

  6. For severely dry and cracked skin, do get a salve or balm - balms are better at sealing in the moisture.

  7. Moisturize while your hands are slightly damp - this will lock in the moisture


And yet, not all moisturizers are created equal.

Here are some of the best ones according to skin needs:

FOR INTENSIVE REPAIR, USE A CREAM THAT CONTAINS HUMECTANTS

A humectant is a substance used in cosmetics to help preserve moisture. It is found in creams, lotions, serums, and even hair care products. Humectants are like tiny magnets that attract water to the top layer of your skin. Humectants can be natural as well as synthetic. Some of the common natural humectants include:

  • Aloe Vera
  • Honey
  • Glycerin
  • Shea Butter
  • Beeswax
 

To moisturize your skin properly:

  • Apply it in a downward direction
  • Keep from rubbing it in an up-and-down motion or in circles
  • Always leave a layer of moisturizer on the skin and let your skin absorb it
 

Products with humectants that we recommend:

Spaah Rejuvenation Body Butter - Moisturizes your skin with Aloe Vera and Shea Butter and balances your energy with pure essential oils of Grapefruit and Basil. Check it out here.

Pacific & Poppy A Dab Will Dew Skin and Body Balm - Repairs the skin with  Beeswax, which acts as a fantastic humectant. Unlike petroleum jelly, beeswax does not suffocate the skin, but rather allows it to breathe. Add shea butter for deep healing, the uplifting effects of rosemary extract, and sea buckthorn oil, and you’ve got yourself a remarkable protectant that guards and nourishes at the same time. Check it out here.

 
FOR DEEP NOURISHMENT, USE TOPICALS WITH CBD AND HEMP SEED OIL

Some of the benefits of CBD for dermal irritation are attributed to its anti-inflammatory and pain relief properties. CBD topicals are a great cure for dry hands which also need the added benefits of pain relief and inflammation reduction.

It is important to note that CBD doesn’t infiltrate your bloodstream through the use of topicals, they are effective in a number of different ways.

CBD topicals engage with special receptors on the human cells called cannabinoid receptors.

Activation of cannabinoid receptors by endocannabinoids on epidermal cells regulates the normal function of the skin as a barrier. Endocannabinoids also suppress inflammation in the epidermis.

For more information on why we have cannabinoid receptors and how CBD works check out our article here.

There are three types of CBD topicals:

  • Lotions and creams—Products that fall under the cream and lotion category typically also include shea butter, aloe vera, and other nutrients to moisturize and restore the skin barrier. The pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects of CBD lotions and creams usually last 4 to 6 hours.

  • Balms and salves— They are the go-to-product if you are seeking extended relief. Many CBD salves and ointments also contain other essential oils known for their pain-relieving potential.

  • Oils— CBD oil has a perfect balance of nutrients and substances that will nourish and moisturize your skin. It helps to stop the peeling of the skin, rough patches, cuts, and cracks.
 

CBD topicals that we recommend:

Hemp4UCo Intensive Hand Balm -
This balm provides care for active and dry hands. Its rich formula soothes, conditions, and moisturizes dry hands caused by exposure to harsh elements or repetitive hand-washing. Formulated with Shea Butter and Hemp Seed Oil, it leaves chapped skin feeling soft, conditioned and cared for. 150mg of Broad-Spectrum CBD help to heal and nourish skin-in-need. Check it out here. 

FOR SKIN RESILIENCE USE LIPOSOME CREAMS

Liposomes are used to enhance the delivery of nutrients to the skin barrier and improve skin hydration. Liposome creams improve skin moisture levels, supply skin with essential nutrients, and even increase elasticity and firmness.
To learn more about how liposomes benefit your skin read our blog article here.

Products with liposomes that we recommend:

Sanna Hydrating Body Butter - the turbo effect of CBD and liposomes 
This body butter balances and repairs by infusing a high level of antioxidants, amino & omega acids deep into the skin. In addition, it delivers THC-free cannabis Sativa extract by employing liposomes called Agilosomes. These teardrop-shaped liposomes don’t get blocked or stuck between cells and help more efficient delivery to the skin cells. 240 mg CBD. Check it out here.

Now that you’ve got some facts down, nothing should stop you from having actual fun with your skincare. Skin is much easier to protect than to heal. When you find the ingredients that tickle your inspiration and elevate your mood, you can turn it into a delightful ritual. If you’d like more tips on how to take charge of your own wellness and skin routines, subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of the page here.