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.