One of the main measures to prevent coronavirus is to wash your hands as often and thoroughly as possible. But what if you disinfect your hands with antiseptics? They can be bought at any supermarket and are convenient to carry in your purse. Together with the BeautyHack specialists, I figured out how antibacterial wipes and gels are able to cope with germs and how to wash your hands correctly so as not to leave any chance of infection.
Let's start in order. How do you wash your hands?
According to a 2016 study published in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the most effective way to wash your hands involves a six-step process that takes at least 45 seconds.
How to wash your hands properly
1. Wet your hands with running water.
2. Apply the correct amount of soap to your palms.
3. Rub the soap with your palms.
4. Place one hand on top of the other (palm on the back), interlace your fingers and rub the soap well. Repeat with the other hand.
5. Place one palm on top of the other, interlace your fingers, rub the soap.
6. Bend your fingers together and place them in the palm of your other hand to clean your nails. Repeat with the other hand.
7. Grasp the base of the thumb of one hand with the thumb and forefinger of the other, and rub the soap. Repeat for the thumb of the other hand.
8. Using a circular motion, rub the soap into the palm of one hand with the fingertips of the other. Change your hand.
9. Rinse off the soap with running water.
9. Dry your hands with a disposable tissue.
10. Wipe the tap after you with the same napkin.
11. Optionally, after washing your hands, you can apply an antiseptic to the palm of your hand.
Interestingly, this method is really effective. And this was proved by British scientists. So, some time ago, they asked the doctors and nurses of the hospital to be divided into two groups: the first washed their hands in the usual three-step method (familiar to most people), and the second - in the six-step method approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). Then the experts made a test for the presence of microbes on the hands of everyone who took part in the experiment. The result was obvious: the second group of people won.
Is hand disinfection with wipes and hand sanitizers effective?
cosmetologist, dermatologist of the LITO Medical clinic
- Antiseptics in gels, sprays and wet wipes, along with fighting germs, also target beneficial bacteria and can negatively affect skin condition. Even non-toxic ethyl alcohol dries and irritates the skin with frequent use. That is why it is important to pay attention to the concentration of a specific antiseptic in the selected product. For example, there should be no more than 68% alcohol in hand gels, and parabens - up to 0.4% of the volume of the solution used.
It is also important to take into account the fact that wipes and gels cannot guarantee one hundred percent disinfection, so washing hands with soap remains not only the safest, but also the most effective way to fight germs.
It is necessary to wash your hands regularly and always after visiting public places, transport. For maximum effect, at the end of the procedure, you can treat your hands with a solution of chlorhexidine (it is one of the most gentle antiseptics). At the same time, in the fight against the virus, in addition to maintaining hygiene, it is worth paying special attention to strengthening the immune system.
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