HAND WASHING IS A SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE WAY TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS FROM MANY PATHOGENS. Find out about how to do it plus a tip about natural soap!
Most certainly use liquid soap to wash their hands. Liquid soap in the pump dispenser is practically dosed and more hygienic than a bar of soap.
However, liquid soaps are often not really soaps at all, but mainly consist of water and a type of detergent substance that has little to do with the actually natural soap. Due to their chemical-based production, they are rarely really lipid replenishing and thus also remove moisture from the skin.
On the other hand, with very few exceptions, liquid soap is filled in plastic packaging and plastic bottles and is therefore anything but environmentally friendly.
Frequent hand washing can affect the skin’s barrier function. Dry hands feel uncomfortable and the reduced barrier function of the skin makes it easier for bacteria, fungi and other pathogens such as viruses to penetrate. Very dry hands can cause cracks, itching, flaking, redness, irritation, pain and even eczema.
What is the skin’s barrier function?
The most important function of the skin is to form a barrier between the body and the outside world. This barrier protects against external influences such as bacteria, viruses, moisture, heat and cold. The skin’s barrier function is very important for health.
If you suffer from dry to very dry skin, it is better to use products that consist of organically certified natural ingredients and that do not affect the skin’s barrier function, but regenerate it. Not only are these products much better for people, the environment, and animals, but they also ensure that not as much chemicals get into the body through the skin.
Chemical and synthetic substances such as aggressive alcohols, polyacrylic acid, EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) and PEG’S (polyethylene glycols) can severely dry out the skin and should be avoided.
Wash hands with natural products!
Soap flakes made from pure olive oil and pure olive oil soaps without perfume do not dry out the skin, as olive oil supports the self-regulating function of the skin and has a high lipid replenishing effect. Also suitable for very sensitive skin and allergies.
It has been extensively researched and scientifically proven that certain all-natural essential oils have an antibacterial and antiviral effect.
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Thorough and regular hand washing is not only useful to remove visible dirt. There are countless microorganisms on our skin that are not visible to the naked eye. These microorganisms can bring disease when they enter the body. Our hands often come into contact with these germs and can transfer them to anything that is subsequently touched and eaten. This can lead to infection.
A FEW TIPS TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR HANDS PROPERLY
• Wash hands with cold to lukewarm water, this is gentle on the skin barrier.
• Thorough hand washing of at least 20-30 seconds.
• Hold your hands under running water, gently and thoroughly lather the backs of the hands, wrists, palms of the hands, fingers, finger spaces, both thumbs and fingernails with natural soap and rinse well under running cold to lukewarm water.
• It is also important to then thoroughly dry the hands and the spaces between the fingers until the hands are really dry, this prevents further germs from multiplying.
• Dry hands well with a clean, dry towel or disposable paper towels.
• Disinfectants: carefully consider use and use correctly!
• After intensive and frequent washing, regularly apply natural hand care products (organic cosmetics) to your hands. Avoid mineral oils!
• Use organic cosmetics hand care products with natural oil, they contain lipids similar to skin. The function of the skin barrier is thus sustainably supported.
• Pamper your hands and the back of your hands with a hand-made hand mask (e.g. avocado, olive oil and honey).
• Use a hand massage with natural organic quality oil such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, sesame oil, olive oil, argan oil, almond oil or grape seed oil as extra care for the hands.
Each individual can protect himself and others from many pathogens through regular and correct hand hygiene and hand care. The risk of spreading bacteria, fungi and other pathogens such as viruses is reduced, germs on the skin are reduced and the risk of infection can be reduced.
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