A lot of people think that hot water is better at killing germs than cold water – well, unless it’s boiling, this isn’t actually true. What is hot water actually better at? Disrupting the skin’s balance and drying it out. As long as you’re washing them properly (for 20 seconds, using soap), cold water is just as good and much kinder on your hands.
How to keep your hands from drying out (while keeping them clean)
Washing your hands, the biggest trend of 2020, thanks to Coronavirus. It may be the most effective way to prevent spreading germs, but it’s a nightmare for your skin. When you’re frequently washing your hands, you strip the skin of its natural oils (same applies to your hair), which dries them out. Here are some things you can do – because cutting down on washing definitely isn’t an option.
By Beth Ludolf