Coming clean about the whole hand washing business – and this is good practice ALL the time – not just with the current (COVID-19) Situation. I don’t get my info from brands by the way, with a vested interest in punting products, I get my facts from disease control and prevention centres and trusted health protection agency’s! Although certain products can be helpful, we need to be informed and measured before we splash out (pun completely intended!). WASH YOUR HANDS with soap and water whenever possible because handwashing reduces the amounts of all types of germs and chemicals on hands. But if soap and water are not available, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.
To date, studies have shown that there is no added health benefit for consumers (this does not include professionals in the healthcare setting) using soaps containing antibacterial ingredients compared with using plain good old fashioned soap. Handwashing with soap removes germs from hands and helps prevent infections because we frequently touch our eyes, nose, and mouth without even realizing it and this is the entrance for germs into our bodies making us ill.
Also, germs from unwashed hands can get into foods and drinks we prepare then eat and drink them and germs can also multiply in some types of foods or drinks, under certain conditions, also making us ill.
Germs from unwashed hands can be transferred to other objects, like handrails, tabletops, or toys, and then transferred to other peoples hands. Hand washing is a no-brainer and helps the whole community stay healthy.
Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timeline? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice!
All this hand washing will make your hands dry – my favourite hand creams that soak in quickly are @aesopskincare Resurrection hand Balm around £21 for 75ml; @qmsmedicosmetics Replenishing Protection, around £22 for 75ml; budget hunters should try @nivea intensive hand cream, 100ml: £1.99, Boots – though I find it doesn’t dry as quickly as the more expensive ones and time is money right!