How to Keep Hands and Feet Clean without Drying Out
You are washing your hands more often. It seems that your washing them all the time. The CDC’s recommendation is that washing hands with soap and water is the best wayt to get rid of germs.
Your feet sweat a lot. The 125,000 sweat glands in your feet seem to all be working at full speed. You want to wash off the sweat and smell, but soap dries your skin.
The skin on your hands and feet feels dry, peels and cracks.
Mayo Clinics #1 suggestions is to:
“Apply a quality moisturizing cream several times per day.”
What is a “quality moisturizing cream?”
- A quality cream will hydrate your skin and repair, restore and smooth.
- A quality cream will often have the ingredient Urea to help the skin retain moisture.
- A quality cream is free of parabens, harmful preservatives and coloring.
- A quality cream leaves you absorbs into your skin and doesn’t leave a greasy residue.
- A quality cream is one that leaves you with a pleasant experience that you want to repeat again.
- Get the correct strength moisturizer for your level of dryness. Pedicurian offers you four levels of moisturizer. Everyday hydration, Extra Strength help (20% Urea), spot treatment for rough spots and calluses (30% Urea), and ultra-strong nail and skin conditioning gel with salycilic acid (42% Urea).
How often should I moisturize?
The recommendation is for “several times a day.”
What is the difference between cream and lotion?
Lotion is a diluted cream. It often conveniently comes in a pump bottle (the pumps often clog). Pedicurian recommends sticking with a cream for best results.
What if I don’t want either greasy or dry hands at work, or on the go?
There is good news for you. You can sanitize both your hands and feet while at the same time restoring the natural Ph balance of the skin and moisturizing with a non-drying, no alcohol wipe. These wipes come in both a 72 pack and individual wipes for on the go clean.
How can I continue to sanitize and cleanse my hands and feet without drying the skin?
- Avoid soaps that contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate which is drying. Try soaps that clean and condition your skin, or a gentle cleanser/exfoliator.
- Avoid wipes and hand sanitizers with alcohol.
- Avoid wetness. Wear gloves on your hands and socks on your feet. For excessive sweat on your feet. Use non-drying antiperspirant formulated for your feet.
- Wear moisture wicking socks to absorb sweat on your feet and gloves when your hands are in water.
One final tip.
Don’t share your jar of cream.