Protect Yourself from Germs
Did you know that dry, cracked skin allows germs to enter the body?
When we touch dirty surfaces or sick people, we contaminate our hands. We can then infect ourselves with germs through mucous membranes, cuts, burns and cracks in dry skin, eczema or psoriasis.
4 Critical Steps to Protect Yourself from Viruses
- Wash and sanitize your hands frequently. Washing your hands with soap and water is your first defense against germs. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Don't touch your face. Touching our nose, eyes and mouth with dirty hands is the most common way to infect your own body. Most people touch their faces 23 times each hour, so learn to become aware of this bad habit.
- If you are sick, stay home to avoid infecting others. See a doctor if you are experiencing flu symptoms.
Moisturize your hands often. Use a daily moisturizer that contains natural ingredients and nutrients that your skin needs to relieve dry skin, heal cracks and restore your skin's protective moisture barrier.
“Widespread use of antimicrobial products has prompted concern about emergence of resistance to antiseptics and damage to the skin barrier associated with frequent washing. Damaged skin more often harbors increased numbers of pathogens. Moisturizing is beneficial for skin health and reducing microbial dispersion from skin, regardless of whether the product used contains an antibacterial ingredient.”
“Cracked and bleeding hands are also more susceptible to infections. Moisturizing hands does reduce microbial shedding from the skin and is part of good hand hygiene, which will protect people from picking up viruses and reduce the likelihood of transmission.”
“Apply moisturizer each time after washing your hands. Creams are thicker and are a combination of oil and water. Dr. Amy Paller, chair of the department of dermatology at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, recommends them because they don’t usually leave a sticky residue. Look for products that come in tubes or tubs, rather than pump bottles.”
Shop Ultra Balm to relieve dry, cracked skin and restore your skin's protective moisture barrier against viruses.