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Hand Care for Dry Hands

December 1, 2020

December 1-7 is National Handwashing Awareness Week and it’s no secret that handwashing is more important than ever. So have you found yourself washing more lately than ever in your life? This consistency can be good for killing germs but bad for the health of our hands if they become dry, cracked or sore. So how do we balance the good with the bad? Here are some tips for how to wash properly and how to care for your hands in order to prevent extreme dryness.

How to Wash:

  1. Use tepid or warm water instead of hot water. Hot water strips the natural oils from your skin leaving you more prone to dry out. Just be sure to rub with plenty of soap and to create good friction for sloughing off the germs. Don’t forget to rub hands together for at least 20 seconds.
  2. Don’t rub hands with a paper towel when you dry them. The surface of the paper towel can be abrasive on your skin. Instead, try blotting them. Take more time to blot your hands completely dry.
  3. If possible, avoid hand dryers. Hand dryers are abrasive for the skin due to the hot temperature of the air. It also takes 30-45 seconds to dry hands sufficiently which does some damage to the skin. If you have the choice, go for paper towels or a cloth towel and blot your hands dry over the use of a dryer.


Hand careAfter washing thoroughly, make sure to moisturize. Choose a lotion that is thick and has healing properties. Some brands to look for are Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Hand Cream, Aquaphor or Bag Balm. It’s not a bad idea to purchase a travel size bottle that you can carry with you throughout the day to moisturize when needed.

Create a Routine for Hand Health

Hands don’t stop working when we get home for the day so it is important to take care of your hands throughout the day and night. Here are some ideas to give those hands some extra love at home.

Sleep Treatments

Before hitting the sack, consider taking a few minutes to lather your hands in a thick healing moisturizer or petroleum based lotion like Vaseline. Next put on some light, cotton gloves and wear those as you sleep. The gloves will be sure to lock in the moisture making your hands feel silky smooth when you wake up.

Treating Cracks

Sometimes our hands just can’t take the constant washing and drying and they start to show signs such as cracks or sores. Be sure to treat these cracks or sores with a healing ointment and Band-Aid. Liquid Band-Aids are the best as they will be less likely to wash off. If you do not have liquid bandages then opt for waterproof Band-Aids. Regular Band-Aids will fall off after washing quickly resulting in no protection.

Also, consider not washing your hands quite as often when you are in the home. Of course maintain washing after toileting or before eating, but limit your washes if you can when you aren’t out in the world exploring and just home relaxing in your own space.

When you take time to take care of yourself you feel better all around. We use our hands every day, so be sure to treat those hands well just as you would any other part of the body. Keep them clean, moisturized and keep the skin on them in tact!

New Foods for Diet Success: Diet Tweaks that Work

October 30, 2020

In Asheville, we know about good food and it is one of the best times of the year for all foodies; Holiday season and we are approaching it faster than you think. So, who’s ready to pack on the annual holiday 10? Meaning an extra 10 pounds of weight as we eat our way through …Read More…

Falls Prevention is Key to Quality Longevity

September 25, 2020

Taking a stand on your health can be one of the most powerful tools for longevity. Falls prevention is key to quality longevity too. At Pisgah Valley Retirement Community, we are fortunate to have a gym on site for all independent residents to access. Not to mention the qualified staff trained to recommend specific exercises …Read More…

Confiding in others can Reduce Risk for Depression

September 1, 2020

Rates of depression, anxiety and even suicide have increased since the pandemic. It is not surprising to learn that mental health issues have risen during the pandemic and this has led people to seek ways of coping. A study was published in the American Journal of Psychiatry that examined external factors such as social interaction, …Read More…

Breathe for Better Fitness

July 31, 2020

Has COVID-19 put a damper on your workout routine? You aren’t the only one. Even at Pisgah Valley, our wellness center has been closed for months leaving members and residents of our facility in need of guidance for at-home workouts. Posture, speed, proper weight and breathing technique can make or break a workout. Proper breathing …Read More…

How to Engage your Core and What that Really Means!

June 30, 2020

Have you ever been in a workout class or following along with a video and the instructor cues the group with, “engage your core,” and wondered exactly what that meant? The core is not just the group of muscles that people refer to as the abdominals. The core includes the back, abdominals, buttock and pelvic …Read More…

Joint Flexibility and Ways to Maintain It

May 29, 2020

The aging process can sometimes be a hard road to navigate with changes that take place within the body and mind, but maintaining an active lifestyle is one way to help cope with these changes. Maintaining a regular routine of body movement can help keep muscles toned, your heart conditioned and joints flexible. Whether quarantine …Read More…

Protect your Mental Health during Stay Home Orders

May 1, 2020

The current challenge of COVID- 19 not only makes us carry extra pressures to observe our overall exposure to the disease but we must socially distance ourselves. Not to mention, living in a retirement community like Pisgah Valley, you may feel even more pressure at this time. That means we can’t be in the physical …Read More…

Not all heroes wear capes!

April 3, 2020

Pisgah Valley retirement Community is grateful to all those essential workers who continue to man the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic. To all of the physicians, nurses, healthcare workers, administrative workers, housekeepers, maintenance technicians, community chefs and too many more to list, we appreciate the sacrifice you make each and every day for our …Read More…

The Ever-changing World of Recycling

March 13, 2020

Each year at Pisgah Valley Retirement Community, we host a recycling review for the independent residents. This topic is always highly attended with members of the community ready to fire off questions of can this be recycled and can that be recycled? Over time, this has become an annual presentation because the world of recycling …Read More…

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