Simona, intensive care nurse and mother of two
That’s a sentiment we hear a lot these days. Frequent hand washing protects us from infections, but it takes a toll on our skin. No one knows this better than today’s frontline healthcare professionals. Flaking skin and itching is an unpleasant distraction for anyone. In healthcare settings, skin care is more important than ever. If dry skin reaches the point of cracking, open wounds can heighten the risk of infection.
An effective hand care routine can heal and prevent dry, cracked skin that comes with repeated hand sanitizing and cleansing. Let’s take a quick look at how skin moisturization works — and what to look for in your hand care products.
Dry skin is a condition associated to a disrupted skin barrier due to a lack of lipids (oils). This leads to increased water evaporation and lower inner moisture content of the epidermis . There are several strategies to combat dry skin, and skin care manufacturers use different active ingredients to provide various benefits. Read on to see what the claims on the labels really mean:
Betaine is an osmolyte that plays a key role in fighting skin dryness by promoting healthy water balance through osmosis. Betaine also acts as a humectant and strengthens the skin barrier, too. So one single ingredient supports three of the four strategies, contributing to both short- and long-term moisturization.
At Nutrition & Biosciences, we extract our betaine naturally from sugar beets in an “upcycled” process - or taking what’s left after the sugar has been removed - for use in many of the skincare, hair care, and cosmetics products you use every day.
In today’s environment, healthcare workers--or anyone frequently washing and sanitizing their hands--need skin care products that work as hard as they do.
Choosing cleansers, moisturizers and hand sanitizers that contain glycine betaine is a proven strategy to help combat dry skin associated with frequent hand washing. Use these products to help protect your skin all day, every day - so you can use your hands to contiue to protect what matters most.
For skin care formulators and manufacturers
The global coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we look at consumer needs in hand care. GENENCARE® OSMS BA is a sustainably sourced bioactive (INCI: betaine) extracted from a side stream of sugar production, which helps balance water in skin and within the formulation to provide moisturization, protection and sensory benefits.