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Health officials recommend to wash hands for 20 seconds and to use hand sanitizers on the go to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. As critical as frequent hand washing is, water can be rough on the skin, causing hands to feel chapped and brittle.
“If you’re washing your hands often they may begin to feel dry and cracked,” says Kate Somerville, the owner of Skin Health Experts (with locations in Los Angeles and New York), whose clients include Renée Zellweger, Constance Zimmer, Ali Wong, Dove Cameron, Lisa Rinna and Emma Roberts. “The outermost layer of the skin on our hands is composed of oils which act as a barrier and seal in their natural moisture. When we continuously wash with soap and water or alcohol-based sanitizers, we are breaking that down and leaving skin exposed.”
She says ingredients like shea butter, aloe or soothing botanicals will restore the skin’s natural barrier function. Aquaphor, an over-the-counter product which contains petrolatum, is great for healing dry, cracked skin, she adds.
“Dry skin just causes fine lines and wrinkles to appear more exaggerated,” Somerville says. When using hand soaps, she recommends fragrance-free antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers with 60 percent alcohol. Moisturizer should be added back into the skin after each wash.
Here are 10 Hollywood-approved hand creams to help skin retain its natural glow and healthy appearance during the coronavirus pandemic.
Infused with ingredients like natural Japanese indigo extract to soothe skin, this hydrating formula protects against aging for smooth hands; $85 at tatcha.com.
This moisturizer absorbs into the skin without residue or a sticky layer. It contains Iris pallida, said to help heal blemishes. Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé and Rihanna are fans of the brand; $50 at chanel.com.
3. Jo Malone
4. La Mer
5. La Prairie
8. Malin + Goetz
This cruelty-free hand cream contains honey and fatty acids to heal dehydrated skin; $22 at malinandgoetz.com.
This fragrance-free formula is enriched with multivitamins and fruit extract; $25 at necessaire.com.
10. Kate Somerville
Formulated with oat kernel flour to ease irritation and Japanese kelp to add moisture, this cream is gentle enough to use on the hands, face and body; $48 at katesomerville.com.
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