Use the right soap and sanitizer
Choose soaps that contain some moisturizing elements for example glycerin or lanolin components. Aloe-vera-based soaps are also recommended as they are very gentle on the skin and keeps it moisturized. Avoid perfumed soaps, the chemical substances might not be friendly to the skin for long-term use. When it comes to sanitizers, check on the alcohol content level; should not be more than 60% or it might cause itchiness especially due to the effects of ethanol on the skin.
Use lukewarm water as opposed to hot water when washing hands
Using hot water to wash hands may appear more effective as opposed to cold or lukewarm water in getting rid of germs. On the contrary, hot water removes the moisture content from your skin making it dry. The water dissolves the natural oils making the skin dry. Warm water is more recommended it is mildly on the skin.
Right way of handwashing
It is advisable to gently scrub your hands, palm to palm, in between fingers, underneath the fingernails, and also on the back of the hands. Do this for like 10-15 seconds using warm water and the right soap, then rinse off gently. The total handwashing process ideally, should take to like 20-30 seconds. Long exposure to water makes the skin wrinkle in appearance and resulting effect is dry flaky skin on your hands. The same applies to hand sanitizers, rub your hands in the same manner as hand washing for the same time duration while keeping in mind that excessive hand washing and/or sanitizing is harmful to the texture of your skin.
After washing hands or sanitizing, it is important to moisturize them; a sure way to keep the hands soft. The best way to moisturize is to do it while the hands are still damp, that way the moisturizer creates a thin layer to keep the moisture content on the skin. Ideally, after washing hands, one should only blot away the excess water and not dry completely way leaving no moisture content on the skin. The ideal moisturizers should have skin rejuvenating elements such as coconut, aloe vera, glycerin, lanolin among others. Ensure to moisturize as often as possible to keep the skin hydrated.
Drinking water constantly also keeps the skin hydrated which goes a long way in ensuring soft hands. The body loses water in many ways including sweating through the skin. A sure way to keep the skin soft is by ensuring constant hydration which keeps softer skin not just on the hands but all through the body.
Use Protective Gear
If you are working in an environment that constantly exposes you to a constant danger of infection via skin contact, it is more advisable to use protective gear such as rubber gloves to protect your hands rather than opting for constant exposure to skin harm through hand washes and sanitizers.