Flu season generally leads to an increase in “health-anxiety” in our society. This means families, and parents are putting in extra efforts to keep germs away. The number recommendation is washing our hands. However, most people are practicing excessive hand-washing plus antibacterial hand-gels for extra measure.
With new diseases like the Coronavirus spreading globally, we see people washing and sanitizing even more. This increases cases of itchy, dry and cracked skin and can lead to eczema. Over-washing and over-sanitizing your hands, will strip your skin’s natural defense, and its ability to fight against irritants.
What is the link between flu season and dry, cracked skin?
This is due to the potency of antibacterial gels on the market. Most of these gels contain at least 60% alcohol in order to be effective. Daily use of these can be very damaging to the skin. As doctors, we highly recommend the use of shielding lotions as an added defense. They help to reverse the damage of over-sanitizing, and keep your hands healthy. Many hospitals and health care workers around the world, particularly in the USA, use Gloves In A Bottle Shielding Lotion as part of their daily regimen. This product is designed to enhance your skin’s natural defense by creating an invisible shield, like a second skin.
Shielding lotions, such as Gloves In A Bottle, bond to the outermost layer of skin cells and becomes part of the skin itself. This particular brand washes off as your skin exfoliates naturally throughout the day. This means it lasts through washes for up to 4 hours. It also allows the skin to breathe and perspire naturally.
How to ensure your shielding lotion works?
In order for shielding lotions to work, as described above, they must be applied to clean, dry skin. Their effect may be limited or may not work as described if applied over the top of some other substance or onto skin that is not clean and dry.
“You only need a very small amount of Gloves In A Bottle to create a microscopic web between the dead skin cells of the outer layer of skin. A pea size drop is enough for an average size of hands.”
It is not designed to be used as excessively as artificial moisturizers (conventional moisturizing lotions/creams) in order for them to be effective. Once a matrix is formed between the outermost layer of skin cells, any excess lotion comes off.
For further information, please contact Dr. Weber.