Montrose, California Flu season always leads to an increase in
“health-anxiety” in our society. This means families, and particularly parents are putting in extra
efforts to keep their children and homes hygienic. A major part of this is hand-washing,
excessive hand-washing, and the over-use of antibacterial hand-gels as extra measure.
Now with the Coronavirus global panic, and news of it hitting our shores, we will no doubt see
people washing and sanitizing even more. This will increase cases of itchy, dry and even worse,
cracked skin, as over-washing and over-sanitizing strip your skin’s natural defense, and its
ability to fight against irritants. “Cracked skin is something we all need to avoid, as it can lead to
open wounds, bleeding and further increase our exposure to infection and viruses,” explains Dr.
Weber. “We need a solution to counteract the effects of hand-washing, which of course cannot
be avoided to protect ourselves,” he contiues.
What is the link between flu season and dry, cracked skin?
“This is due to the potency of antibacterial gels on the market. Most of these gels contain at
least 60% alcohol in order to be effective. Daily use of these can be very damaging to the skin.
We as doctors highly recommend the use of shielding or protective hand lotions as an added
defense to reverse the damage of over-sanitizing, and keep your hands healthy. Many hospitals
and health care workers around the world, particularly in the USA, use a product called Gloves
In A Bottle as part of their daily regimen.This product has a unique formula that is designed to
enhance your skin’s natural defense by creating an invisible shield, like a second skin.” explains
Shielding lotions, such as Gloves In A Bottle, bond to the outermost layer of skin cells and
becomes part of the skin itself. This particular brand does not wash off any more than the outer
layer of skin washes off. It allows the skin to breathe and perspires naturally as shielding lotions
comes off naturally, as the outermost layer of skin cells are sloughed off or exfoliated, well
within 24 hours.
How to ensure your shielding lotion works?
In order for shielding lotions to work, as described above, they must be applied to clean, dry
skin. Their effect may be limited or may not work as described if applied over the top of some
other substance or onto skin that is not clean and dry.
It only requires a very small amount of Gloves In A Bottle to create a microscopic web between
the dead skin cells of the outer layer of skin. A pea size drop is enough for an average size of
It is not designed to be used as excessively as artificial moisturizers (conventional moisturizing
lotions/creams) in order for them to be effective. Once a matrix is formed between the outermost
layer of skin cells, the excess usually just rolls off.
It is vital that we all continue to wash our hands to keep this virus from spreading; however, we
cannot expose ourselves, by destroying our skin’s natural defense mechanism with
over-washing. So as an extra step, we highly recommend you adding a protective hand cream.
For further information, please contact Dr. Webber.
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