Maintaining effective hand hygiene is an essential step in preventing the spread of illnesses, and it is a practice that has become more critical in recent times. The skin on your hands is an excellent protective barrier, and nature has designed it to be the first line of defense against infection-causing germs. The outermost layer on the skin, the stratum corneum, fends off the germs and keeps the skin hydrated. During the winter months, it is especially important to keep your hands healthy. Since cold air carries less water vapor, your hands can get chapped, and the protective function of the skin may be compromised. So, what can you do to keep your skin clean and healthy?


Here are some simple tips for maintaining and promoting skin health:

  • Minimize your exposure to harsh soaps, detergents, and hot water. Wash your hands in lukewarm or cool water and where possible use gentle cleansing soaps with added moisturizers, such as PRISTINE Freshberry Foam Hand Soap, which is
    dermatologically tested, Ecolabel certified, and contains ingredients that leave the skin moisturized for up to four hours.
  • For more stubborn stains use the mildest, most effective hand cleaner to help maintain good skin health and address the problems associated with occupational skin disease. The PRISTINE Heavy Duty Scrub cleaners are tested under dermatological control contain only natural plant-based scrubbers and are enriched with plant-based glycerin.
  • When it comes to drying your hands, remember that how you do it matters. It’s crucial to avoid over-drying, as overly dry hands can become more susceptible to irritation. Experts recommend gently patting your hands dry using a clean towel, disposable paper towel, or air drying if available. The key here is to avoid rubbing your hands vigorously, as this can traumatize the skin.
  • Remember to replenish your skin’s natural oils with frequent applications of moisturizer. This helps maintain the skin’s natural barriers against substances that can cause irritation or illness.
  • An ideal time to apply a moisturizer is soon after washing your hands to lock in some of the moisture. The PRISTINE Skin Conditioning cream is a non-greasy formula that absorbs quickly, with no residue and is not fragranced. Avoiding fragrances minimizes the likelihood of irritation, and makes it suitable for frequent use. It is ideal to use before work, after handwashing, and at night to help maintain the skin’s natural barrier. This step is essential to keep your skin soft and healthy.
  • Protect your hands from the cold and dry weather by using gloves when outside. This will prevent peeling and itchiness.

It’s not just healthcare settings where proper hand hygiene is crucial. More than 94 million Europeans complain of uncomfortable skin sensations like itching, burning, or dryness, with eczema affecting 5.5% of them. This makes maintaining skin hygiene essential, especially in today’s climate where frequent handwashing and sanitising have become the norm. To keep your skin clean and healthy, it’s important to follow a three-step routine: wash, dry, and moisturize.

So, as we navigate the challenges of the current times and beyond, remember that proper hand hygiene extends beyond just washing your hands. By choosing the right drying method and following a simple three-step routine, you can keep your hands clean and healthy, lowering the risk of infection and maintaining a strong skin barrier. Remember to be gentle, stay consistent, and take good care of your skin.

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Sources:

Please find this study report of the bio-metrological evaluation of the moisturizing effect of the cosmetic product on 11 volunteers.

https://www.pfizer.com/news/articles/handwashing_tips_for_people_with_eczema_and_other_skin_conditions

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9415115/#:~:text=Accordingly%2C%20we%20can%20estimate%20that,dermatitis%20or%20eczema%20(5.5%25).