How to protect your dry hands from handwashing


My personal experience with eczema

Now that handwashing is more important than ever, it’s safe to say that everyone has been suffering from dry hands.

But how are you supposed to regularly wash your hands when you suffer from eczema?

Like many across the UK, I suffer from eczema, which tends to be triggered by handwashing and sanitisers. So after hearing the government’s advice on staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, I was worried about the effects of excessive handwashing on my hands. Plus, I didn’t want to rely on using steroid creams due to the side effects of overusing them.

I realised I needed to take extra care of my hands, so I tried many different things! Therefore, I wanted to share five tips that have worked for me so you can protect your dry hands from handwashing!

Five tips for caring for your dry hands from handwashing

1.     Invest in a quick drying microfibre towel

The quick drying and absorbent material ensures that the towel won’t be soggy and irritable to your skin.

2.     Use paper towels or tissues to dry your hands when you’re in public bathrooms

The heat and air from hand dryers can really leave your skin feeling dehydrated, therefore it might be handy to manually dry your hands.

3.     Using an emoilent moisturiser after washing like E45, Diprobase, Oilatum… etc.

I recommend using emollient moisturisers like the ones mentioned since they create a soothing protective barrier which prevents moisture loss.

4.     Leave your favourite moisturiser beside the sink

I found this to be a great way to remind you to moisturise your hands, since I tend to struggle of getting into the habit of doing so.

5.     Hanging up your washing up gloves on the Glove Poppit!

In the past, I’ve tended to leave my gloves hanging in the sink, but found that this leads them to become soggy inside. After using the Glove Poppit, I’ve found this to be a reliable way of preventing the gloves from being wet, leaving my hands free of inflammation when I come to use them next.

Dry skin saviours that we love for protecting our hands at Glove Poppit HQ

At Glove Poppit, we thought we would all share our favourite products for caring and protecting our hands…

Helen says, “My favourite hand cream is Body Shop Hemp hand cream, it has an interesting aroma and is highly effective.“

Anna recommends, “I love Palmer’s Shea Butter Formula Raw shea body lotion, it is so soothing and smells amazing!“

Reem suggests, “My trusted product is Nivea Soft hand cream, it’s super affordable. Plus, my mum who suffers from eczema swears by it too.”

What about you? Have you got any tips that have saved your hands from excessive handwashing during the pandemic?

Let us know in the comments!

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