Dry hands by frequent handwashing and use of sanitizers? Try these solutions

By Ashika Rajan, Trainee Reporter
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We live in a time when keeping our hands sanitized will save our lives by preventing the coronavirus from infecting us. Apart from wearing a mask and social distancing, regularly and thoroughly washing our hands with soap is one of the most effective ways to avoid the spread of the virus.

On the other hand, frequently washing and sanitizing our hands, will immensely dry it out and make our hands rough. Although we can’t stop washing our hands frequently because it’s so important right now, we can take a few quick yet effective measures to avoid dry, rough hands.

Ms. Tanya Manavalan, a beauty expert, explains how to prevent dry hands caused by continuous sanitization.


Moisturizing the hands regularly not only prevents dryness but also keeps them supple over time. One of the easiest ways to ensure your hands don’t dry out from daily sanitization is to invest in a good hand cream that includes ingredients like shea butter or milk. However, moisturizing completely dry hands won’t be very effective.

Moisturizing Cream

After you’ve washed your hands, partially dry them and apply your hand cream to damp hands, since this is the most efficient way to keep in moisture. You can also buy a hand sanitizer that contains moisturizer to keep your hands clean and prevent dryness.

Do not rub your hands dry

Dry Hands

Although keeping your hands wet is counterproductive because bacteria remains on your hands, rubbing your hands on a towel to dry them makes the skin dry and rough. Gently pat your hands dry after washing them. Simply imagine blotting your hands on a soft towel to remove any excess water. And, as previously described, you should add a moisturizer to your damp hands to prevent dryness.

Make use of warm water

Although cold water isn’t very good at cleaning your hands, hot water will cause them to dry out even more. When washing your hands, you should use warm or lukewarm water. Hands should be thoroughly washed in warm water, gently patted dry, and apply hand cream.

These easy tips will keep your hands clean, moisturized, and smooth while also protecting you from viruses and bacteria.

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