Handwashing is on the rise, but there’s one industry where the issue of dry skin is nothing new. Janitors, custodians, and other cleaning professionals know the pain brought on by lathering up during the winter months. These jobs require employees to work with chemicals, damaging their skin. They also often find themselves touching germ-infected surfaces or objects, which leads them to the sink and soap again. To top it off, winter weather is here, and anyone can have dry skin regardless of their profession.
Popular Science has created a list of helpful tips for keeping skin in good shape that is especially useful for those in the cleaning industry.
- Apply hand lotion throughout the day.
- When dealing with cleaning solutions, use rubber or disposable gloves. If working outside or spending time in nature, wear mittens.
- Argan oil, coconut oil, or sweet almond oil can be applied to hands as well. Start at the wrist to make sure there are no allergic reactions.
- When going to bed at night, apply oil, lotion, or cream to your hands and wear cotton gloves. Use a generous amount, lathering onto skin for 30 seconds to help with absorption.
Hand washing is not going anywhere, and winter has come to stay. Anyone who follows these tips for taking care of their dry and cracked skin should find them quite handy.
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