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Shh! Anti-agers no one but you need know about: What’s the best way to soothe my dry hands?

Updated: Sep 1, 2020

  • An anonymous reader asked for advice on healing their raw and sore hands 

  • Inge van Lotringen spoke to NHS consultant dermatologist Mary Sommerlad

  • Mary suggested swapping bar soaps for a wash with mild anionic surfactants

Q: My hands have become raw and sore from all the handwashing, even though I use a superfatted vegetable soap. What else can I do to heal them?

A: Anything that foams at least 20 seconds as you wash your hands will neutralise Covid-19 by destroying the oily vessel that protects the virus,’ says NHS consultant dermatologist Mary Sommerlad.

But, in the case of ultra-sudsy bar soaps (no matter how ‘superfatted’) and washes with sulphate surfactants, skin’s protective lipid layer is also stripped.


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