Eczema & Psoriasis – Helpful Ways to Protect Your Skin From Frequent Hand Washing.

Cornonavirus (COVID-19) means hand-washing and lots of it.  But when you have a skin condition like eczema (atopic dermatitis), psoriasis, or sensitivities, washing hands often can lead to even more itching, irritation, dry and cracked skin, and even infection.  So how can you continue to engage in the proper hand-washing practices while protecting your skin?

As a skin care specialist and someone who has dealt with eczema and psoriasis, I know firsthand just how it feels to have a flare up. So, under these circumstances you need to be smart about the ingredient in your cleansers and moisturizers and vigilant about your skin care routine.

Prevention & Protection

Skin is made to hold onto moisture and to naturally rejuvenate itself.  Frequent hand washing, especially with harsh chemicals from commercial soaps and sanitizers, strip away the natural, protective oils (sebum) in your skin.  Repeated use of commercial soaps and sanitizers can cause your skin to dry out because the skin can no longer hold onto moisture. 

Over time, your hands can get irritated, inflamed, red, raw and may crack or bleed.  It can also lead to skin disorders such as eczema in people who have never had it before. Cracks and open wounds are more susceptible to infections.

Choose a Gentle Cleansing Bar of Soap 

If you were one of the many people who rushed out to stock up on antiseptic and antibacterial washes, you may have jumped the gun. 

Antiseptic and antibacterial washes contain harsh drying chemical ingredients while giving you a false sense of security.  According to the Food and Drug Administration, there is no evidence to suggest that they are any better at killing viruses than a standard bar of soap. FDA – Antibacterial Soap? You Can Skip It, Use Plain Soap and Water

The reason a regular bar soap is so effective against viruses is that it tears them apart. Coronavirus, like many other viruses, is held together by a fatty shell, a lipid membrane. Soap, by its molecular nature, strips that protective fat layer away from the virus, Vox reported – How Soap Absolutely Annihilates The Coronavirus

The Benefits of Switching to Goat’s Milk Soap

Cleansers don’t need harsh chemicals in order to effectively clean. Our natural Goat’s Milk Soaps gently cleanse while they moisturize the skin.  They are free of harsh drying cleansing chemicals.  Here are 4 good reasons to use goat’s milk soap:

  1. Exceptional Moisturizing Quality
    The cream in goat’s milk provides exceptional moisturizing quality. Goat’s milk is rich in essential fatty acids and triglycerides. The essential fatty acids have a unique pH similar to humans, so it is less irritating and more easily absorbed by our skin. These fatty acids and triglycerides are super moisturizing. 
  2. Natural Exfoliating Properties 
    The lactic acid in goat’s milk naturally exfoliates the skin. Goat’s milk contains precious skin minerals and vitamins, particularly vitamin A, which is one of the most important vitamins for healthy skin. It also contains lactic acid that assists in gently removing dead skin cells to help hydrate and brighten the skin.
  3. Eliminates Itching and Irritation
    The cream that is present in goat’s milk contains nutrients that helps boost the moisturizing quality. These nutrients help soften and soothe skin ailments while eliminated itching and irritation. All-natural soap made with goat’s milk will not dry out your skin like many other commercial products.
  4. Heals & Rejuvenates
    The alpha-hydroxy acids found in goat’s milk possess rejuvenating benefits on skin cells as the rich butter fats softens, hydrates, and heals the skin. 

Available in over 40+ fragrances. Shop all Goat’s Milk Soaps Here.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Moisturizing has always been an important part of any normal skin care routine. For people with skin conditions, it’s essential to take steps to avoid and manage flares now more than ever.

Once your hands are dry, immediate use a hand lotion or cream to seal in the moisture. Moisturizing helps to restore your hands’ natural moisture balance and maintains the skin barrier to prevent flare-ups.

Moisturizing Tips and Techniques

  1. Moisturize after every hand washing, throughout the day and most importantly, before bed.

  2. After washing, pat skin dry, don’t rub.

  3. Apply a “generous” amount of moisturizer to coat the entire surface of your hands, fingers and wrists.

  4. Opt for a wax-based moisturizer for skin that is split and broken.

  5. Put your moisturizers where you will see it (sinks, coffee table, end table, nightstand etc.)

  6. Choose a daytime and a nighttime repair moisturizer.

  7. Repair your skin while you sleep. A great way to rejuvenate, restore, repair of speed up the healing of your hands is to moisturize your skin right before your head hits the pillow.  This is the ideal time to apply a wax-based ointment or balm, a thick cream moisturizer, or a combination of the two in a thick layer to your hands before you go to sleep.

    After application, slip on a pair of cotton gloves or cotton socks and sleep with the ointment or cream on your hands for the night. When you wake up, your hands should be softer and dryness, redness, and cracks less visible.

  8. EXFOLIATE 2-4 TIMES A WEEK – Exfoliation is one of the most underestimated and neglected skin care procedures, yet it has the greatest impact on our skin’s health and appearance. 

    Exfoliating is the process of scrubbing off dead skin cells to expose and reveal fresh, new skin below.  Removing the dead skin not only helps keep your skin clean, it also opens the way for moisturizing products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, which makes them more effective. We recommend our Sugar Whipped Hand and Foot Scrub or our dual purpose Himalayan Salt Goat’s Milk Soap Bar

The Best Daytime Lotion For Everyday Use

Skin Conditions: All
Suited For Age: Youth & Adult – Female and Male
Application: Daily – Apply as often as necessary throughout the day.
Details: Hand and Body Moisturizer. Available in 4.75 Squeeze and 8.5 Pump. Available in a variety of fragrances and Fragrance Free.

Meet our customer’s top pick for instant hydration and to maintain healthy hands. This lightweight, non-greasy formula is your daytime go-to lotion that eliminates itching and irritation caused by dry skin.

Our tried and true goats milk lotion penetrates quickly to provide nourishing hydration while healing dry skin.  Due to the high fat content in the goats milk and plant oils (soybean, rice bran and coconut) it soothes and softens skin on contact.

Advanced Repair Hand Cream for Eczema Psoriasis Hands

Skin Conditions: Severe Dry Skin, Eczema, Psoriasis
Suited For Age: Teens – Adults, Female and Male
Application: Daytime and Nighttime – This thick cream can be used as both a daytime and nighttime cream as long as the skin is free of split, broken skin and open wounds. Apply as often as necessary.
Details: Available in 4 oz jar. Neem and Tea Tree have a natural earthy scent.

This non-greasy hand healing treatment has a quick-absorbing cream like consistency that delivers speedy relief for itchy, irritated psoriasis and eczema-prone skin. This gentle yet power packed formula contains healing and repairing plant oils and butter (Neem, Tamanu, Avocado, Shea, Horsetail, and Kokum) and soothing extracts (green tea and chamomile) to eliminate itching, irritation and pain, as it tackles redness and inflammation.   

The Power-Packed Nighttime Repair Balm For Split, Broken Skin and Open Wounds.

Skin Conditions: Severe Dry Skin, Eczema, Psoriasis, Split & Broken Skin, and Open Wounds.
Suited For Age: Youth, Teens, Adults – Female and Male
Application: Nighttime and Daytime – We recommend this non-greasy, non-sticky balm as a nighttime treatment. However, it can be used throughout the day as well, especially if you are dealing with chronic skin conditions. Apply as often as necessary.
Details: Available in 2 oz (Travel Friendly) and 4 oz jars. Lightly scented with therapeutic essential oils.

This thick, intense protective balm seals and locks in moisture on contact.  Our power-packed formula includes medicinal and therapeutic plant oils, butter, and extract, (like Babassu, Neem, Soybean, Horsetail, White Willow Bark, and Calendula) that penetrate fast to repair, heal, and restore the skin.  It creates a protective “glove” of moisture that helps keep hydration locked into hands.

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Written By: Mary Ellen Wank, Wellness Advocate and Founder of LATIV, Natural Skin Revival

March 24, 2020 4:17 pm

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