When you decide to start your own business, you are faced with one question over and over, buy it or build it. Do you buy a new shingle sign, or build one? Do you hire a designer, or build your own site? Do you hire for delivery, or do you hand-deliver your products?
We opted to own our delivery service because we wanted to ensure it was as efficient, cost-friendly and personal as possible! We also had NO idea how busy it would become. With 6 days a week, and not a day missed to date, we have been on the road a lot, and this has meant a LOT of sanitizer.
Add to this equation the need for regular handwashing, sterilizing with disinfectant, and our regular household cleaning, and we could easily be on the path to raw, painful, cracked, and occasionally bleeding hands. Painful hands make everything more difficult, and this is what so many of our essential front-line and healthcare workers are facing today.
So, we are going to lay out the top 5 ways the BnB team ensures our hands stay healthy and happy during all this washing and sanitizing;
Only Sanitize When Washing Isn't Possible - sanitizers are around 70% alcohol based in order to be effective. That alcohol content is very drying. We wash with natural soap whenever possible to avoid the drying effects of this alcohol content.
Reach For Natural Soap Over Detergent - not all soap is 'soap.' Most liquid soaps are detergent-based synthetics. Detergents can be tailored to a specific use, like laundry or dish, but most strip natural oils without replacing that protective barrier. Synthetic fragrances are also common skin irritants. If you prefer liquid soaps, look for one with added glycerin, a moisture-retaining humectant found in natural bar soaps and added to some liquid soaps.
Moisturize After Washing - Moisturizer is a catch-all term for products that help to soften the skin and retain moisture. Using any moisturizer IMMEDIATELY after washing (while warm and damp) will be beneficial, with occlusive moisturizers (fills cracks and creates film to physically retain moisture) being the most effective for those who are suffering. Our slow-to-absorb Calendula Salve is an example of an occlusive moisturizer.
Wear Gloves while cleaning - if there is a detergent or disinfectant involved, we reach for the yellow, reusable rubber gloves. Using these gloves while doing dishes, wiping down the car interior or even scrubbing floors has helped save our hands from harsh products that would otherwise strip them further.
Stay Warm and Pat Dry - hot water will dry out skin, so washing with lukewarm water and patting dry rather than rubbing dry will reduce irritation and help you retain moisture.
Following these Better Bathing tips will help you stay healthy, happy and blessed with soft and smooth hands for years to come.