As continuous hand washing is
recommended and we all must keep doing it, washing the hands can strip
the skin of its natural oils which creates dryness, thus impairing the
Ensure you wash hands thoroughly
for at least 20 seconds, including the backs of the hands and in
between the fingers/thumb. (Link:
How do I wash my hands?)
Dry hands thoroughly as germs
are transferred more easily between wet hands.
Regularly apply a moisture rich
hand cream to keep hands nourished and soft.
If you feel your skin is
particularly dry, apply a generous amount to hands before you go to
bed at night and pop on a pair of thin cotton gloves.