5.16 Skills Checklist: Skin Care

  1. Gather Supplies: Gloves and lotion
  2. Routine Pre-Procedure Steps:
    • Knock on the resident’s door.
    • Perform hand hygiene and put on gloves.
    • Maintain respectful, courteous, and professional communication at all times.
    • Introduce yourself and identify the resident.
    • Provide for privacy.
    • Explain the procedure to the resident.
  3. Procedure Steps:
    • Position the resident as needed and only expose the skin that will be moisturized.
    • Put on gloves.
    • Place a quarter-sized circle of lotion on one palm.
    • Rub the hands together to warm the lotion.
    • Apply the lotion to dry skin but avoid getting lotion between the toes.
    • Use additional lotion, warming between your hands as needed, until all dry skin has been moisturized.
    • Wipe off any excess lotion gently with a dry towel.
    • Remove the gloves, turning them inside out.
  4. Post-Procedure Steps:
    • Perform hand hygiene.
    • Check for resident comfort and ask if anything else is needed.
    • Ensure the bed is low and locked. Check the brakes.
    • Place the call light or signaling device within reach of the resident.
    • Open the door and privacy curtain.
    • Perform hand hygiene.
    • Document and report any skin issues or changes noted with the resident.

It is important to properly clean the wash basin and other supplies after performing any type of skin care to prevent the spread of infection.

View a YouTube video[1] of an instructor demonstrating cleaning supplies after performing skin care:


  1. Chippewa Valley Technical College. (2022, December 3). Post Skin Care Procedure. [Video]. YouTube. Video licensed under CC BY 4.0https://youtu.be/yZ_VfxFxUho


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