The saying has become increasingly popular for this basic activity. With the increase of handwashing and constant use of hand sanitizers to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, our hands are prone to losing it's moisture rapidly. This is why in light of the COVID-19 it is important that we not just wash our hands, but also moisturize them after every wash.
According to Dr. Craig Shapiro "Keeping skin moisturized is important. If the skin is breaking down or raw, then the soap and alcohol disinfectants do not work as well. Also when skin is chapped and broken, it's uncomfortable, and people can be less likely to wash their hands to prevent transmission of germs and infections" (source).
We've created a simple at-home DIY hand sanitizer recipe for you to keep on hand!
While this may not be as effective as the commercial-grade (the alcohol level is not high enough) it is great to have at home for quick use, and it makes a fun activity with children:
What you need:
- 2/3 cup Isopropyl alcohol
- 1/3 Aloe vera gel
- 8 drops Essential oil:
-2 tablespoons Almond oil (or your preferred carrier oil, eg. olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil)
Combine the ingredients in an airtight glass bottle and store it in a cool place.
Essential Oils we recommend:
- For cleansing: lemon, lavender, white fir
- For added moisture: geranium, roman chamomile
- For antifungal and disinfectant properties: tea tree (melaleuca), lemon
- For antibacterial properties: cinnamon, cassia, thyme
WASH YO' HANDS! SANITIZE YO' HANDS! MOISTURIZE YO' HANDS! & STAY SAFE!