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Could Your Hand Soap Be To Blame For Your Dry Hands?

Could Your Hand Soap Be To Blame For Your Dry Hands?

How many times a day do you wash your hands?
The Global Hygiene Council recommends we wash our hands a minimum of six times a day for basic hygiene, but even if that sounds like a lot that total barely scratches the surface when you think about your day-to-day life. We wash our hands a lot: after using cleaners around the house, before we cook or eat and after going to the bathroom. Even this is just a small list of common instances when your hands are being subjected to hot, soapy water. There are countless other times your hands are put in less-than-sanitary conditions as well, such as after gardening, changing a dirty diaper or even just feeding your pets.
No matter why you wash them, there’s one thing you should always consider if you don’t want to have dry hands – how you wash them.

The Dangers of Over-Washing

If you’re like many others, you likely wash your hands much more frequently than the recommended six times a day. This is great for personal hygiene, but exactly the reasons why your hand soap is to blame for your dry hands. Most soaps on the market use harsh ingredients designed to do what you expect your hand soap to do – clean your hands and kill as much bacteria as possible to keep your body safe and healthy. Unfortunately, these same ingredients are causing your dry, cracked hands.

How to Overcome Dry Hands

To keep your hands from drying out, you may be tempted to lotion them up every time you wash. This is a great temporary option, but it doesn’t actually target the source of the problem so it isn’t necessarily a solution. Rather than adding even more product to your already-struggling skin, give your hands what they need to stay smooth and moisturized with your hand soap.

Choosing the Right Hand Soap

When it comes to picking the right hand soap, you want to find a balance between cleaning ingredients and moisturizing ones. This will allow you to cleanse your hands without over-drying. As you use hand soap with a moisturizing ingredient such as coconut oil, shea or aloe vera you are simultaneously killing germs and bacteria while giving your skin a sip of rejuvenating moisture. Here are ingredients to check the label for so you can stop blaming your hand soap for dry hands:

Cracked and Bleeding Hands

 If your hands are seriously dehydrated, they will let you know with skin that cracks and maybe even bleeds. At this point, your hand soap needs to be able to gently clean while focusing on restoring moisture and elasticity to your skin. For deep hydration, try Soapbox’s Coconut Milk and Sandalwood hand soap. Coconut oil is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids, which restores both moisture and softness to your skin so you can clean without worry.

Over-Dry Hands

Too much of a good thing is always a bad thing, so if you find yourself washing your hands more so than not then it’s time for a more ideal hand soap. Shea butter and aloe vera are two critical ingredients to soothe and nourish your skin while locking in moisture. Thankfully, these ingredients are highly flexible and can be adopted into a number of different products, which gives you options to choose the one that’s right for you. (We recommend citrus, a light, clean and rejuvenating smell that will leave your skin feeling soft and clean!)

Hard-Working Hands

If your hands are hard-working, gently soothe them with Soapbox’s Sea Minerals and Blue Iris hand soap. Sea minerals are naturally detoxifying, which will help keep your hands looking and feeling great while the shea butter and aloe vera get to work on keeping your skin moisturized. For antioxidant-rich ingredients, choose juicy pomegranate and plum hand soap. The citrus scent is a refreshing jolt of energy, and the ingredients will gently wash away grime to leave you with clean, moisturized hands.


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