Here’s some help for hands that have been washed A LOT in the past few weeks. All of us should be washing our hands much more frequently than we did prior to the Coronavirus pandemic. This is something we are all doing for the greater good. This practice helps prevent the viral spread to individuals and delays the spread of the virus to the larger population. This “blunts the incidence curve” to help our healthcare system with the overwhelm.
Frequent washing of hands with regular soap and water or hand sanitizer containing large amounts of short-chain alcohols, as recommended right now, can strip the skin barrier of protective lipids and predispose our hands to inflammation, irritation, cracking, itching and discomfort. It can also damage the skin barrier and predispose to skin infections.
A simple iS CLINICAL treatment regimen can counteract these symptoms and help preserve skin barrier integrity. Hand washing protocols should be continued, considering the present health situation, although this regimen below may be repeated as often as necessary for comfort and to relieve symptoms of skin barrier dysfunction. If skin irritation has not yet developed, this regimen is excellent for prevention. It also may be used for children with chapped hands, although young children may not tolerate the gloves, in which case the gloves may be omitted. A strong skin barrier helps repel micro-organisms of all types, including viruses.
Skin Barrier Restoration Protocol Using iS CLINICAL Products
Cleanse skin gently with a few drops of CLEANSING COMPLEX or CREAM CLEANSER and warm water. Rinse and pat dry gently. CREAM CLEANSER should be chosen if both are available.
Apply 3-5 drops of PRO-HEAL SERUM ADVANCE+ and rub gently into hands, allowing to dry.
Apply a dime-size amount of SHEALD RECOVERY BALM and gently rub into hands, including cuticles and fingernail areas.
Apply EXTREME PROTECT SPF30 if going outside immediately afterward.
Cover hands with clean white cotton gloves (containing no dyes) and leave in place for 10-20 minutes or overnight.
Repeat as often as necessary.