Is there a hand sanitizer without a moisturizer?

Hand cream after hand washing or nourishing disinfectant?

Hand cream after hand washing or nourishing disinfectant?

Is your skin red and rough in some places? Are you seeing the first fine cracks between your fingers? “No wonder,” you might be thinking now. “I've never washed and disinfected my hands so often.” Hand disinfectants are often associated with dry skin and skin eczema. But that's more of a myth. Products with the right formulation contain nourishing additives. Rather, water and soap are harmful to the hands. Unless a hand cream is used after hand washing. 

More and more people develop itchy hand eczema

Medical or social workers can sing a song about skin conditions, painful eczema, or cracks on the hands. Now that we are all more confronted with the issue of hand cleanliness and hand disinfection, flaky and dry areas, tight skin or redness are no longer uncommon in other professions.

Very important: Take these signs seriously and question your care routine. For many, however, it quickly becomes clear: the hand disinfectant used was it. After all, ideally, as recommended by the WHO, this contains between 60 and 80 percent ethyl alcohol. And alcohol is known to dehydrate.

Excessive hand washing leads to skin irritation

But as logical as this conclusion may seem. It is not true that way. Excessive hand washing is often the cause of skin irritation. For the skin, frequent and intensive hand washing means stress, as dermatologists confirm. You observe that more and more people develop itchy hand eczema. One of them is the dermatologist Professor Christoph Skudlik: "Soap attacks the skin barrier," he told the German Press Agency. The 52-year-old is the chief physician of the iDerm institute based at the University of Osnabrück. The result: Moisture escapes and the smallest cracks and injuries occur. This is not only uncomfortable, but also dangerous. Because this is how harmful pathogens can penetrate our body.

The lack of moisture can be compensated for with hand creams. “Keep your skin healthy with well-balanced moisturizers from brands you trust. In this way, the natural lipids and the moisture content of your skin are kept in balance, the cell regeneration of the skin increases and skin dryness decreases ”, advises our health expert Jim Arbogast.

Hand washing plus hand cream

In professional life, however, it can be difficult to use skin creams after washing your hands, because some creams take a long time to act and leave an oily film on the skin. This provides an ideal breeding ground for germs that can easily settle in it by touching objects. Pathogens love the warm, humid climate on our hands and thrive splendidly. With a grip on the face, they can get on our mucous membranes and cause diseases.

What's the alternative? Hand disinfection is better for the skin and health. With a product that contains nourishing additives, is quickly absorbed and leaves nothing but a well-groomed and dry feeling on the skin. The substances contained replace the fats that are removed from the skin by disinfection. Your hands are always well cared for and optimally protected against environmental influences.

Hand disinfection instead of hand washing

For the reasons mentioned, it has long been the norm in health professions not to overdo it with hand washing and instead to disinfect your hands. We can all take an example from this in the current situation.

The professional association for health service and welfare (BGW) advises doctors, carers or nurses to wash their hands with soap and water at the start of work - and only during the working day if they are visibly dirty.

It is important that you strictly follow the hand hygiene protocol in the situations in which you disinfect your hands:

  • Apply the product to dry hands.
  • Rub hands, wrists and the area around the fingernails and the spaces between the fingers for at least 30 seconds.
  • Wait until the skin is completely dry.

Stay healthy!