Hello beauty lovers! Today I want to talk to you about one of the most important topics that the pandemic has brought to the table: hygiene. Because by taking care of it, we get rid of the viruses and bacteria that could make us sick.
And, on top of that, hygiene is a series of habits and methods related to personal care that also have a positive effect on health and prevent any type of illness.
Although it is a common practice, in 90% of the cases you wash your hands badly.
As they say: “Prevention is better than cure” and it is this prevention that is going to be the most effective and cheapest mechanism to counteract any health problem.
When talking about hygiene, two concepts should be kept in mind: asepsis and antisepsis.
Asepsis refers to the use of processes that prevent the access of any pathogenic micro-organism to a free environment, a good example being bathing.
Within asepsis there are also barrier techniques which are objects that prevent the passage of micro-organisms. Examples are surgical gloves, face masks or masks for the protection of those using them as well as those nearby.
We also have hand washing which is a protocol to get rid of the bacteria we may come into contact with when we touch surfaces such as our mobile devices. It’s true! Although they seem harmless, these devices can infect you.
So, let’s see the correct protocol for hand washing:
- The first thing to do is to remove all objects from our hands, such as rings, bracelets and watches. If we have a long-sleeved blouse, shirts or jumpers, we should roll them up well. Now that we have done this, let’s open the tap to wet our hands.
- The next thing is to take soap, preferably liquid soap and not bar soap.
- Place the right palm on the left palm and rub it 10 times at the end, repeat with the opposite hand.
- Now place the palm of the right hand on the back of the left and rub 10 times. When finished, repeat with the opposite hand.
- Interlace your fingers and rub with your right hand 10 times. When finished, do it with your left hand.
- Then place your closed palms facing your fingers and, with your thumb, rub your knuckles 10 times.
- Then, with the right hand, we take the thumb of the left hand and pull it down 10 times; we do the same with the other hand.
- Place the fingertips of the right hand on the left palm and rub in circles 10 times. Repeat with opposite hands when finished.
- With the right hand, take the left wrist and rub it 10 times. At the end, we do the same with the other hand.
- Once this process is finished, place your hands under the water tap so that when the water runs, it cleans the soap and does not return the dirt.
- Now dry them with a disposable towel, be careful! Do it with a rose, without rubbing because by doing so we could remove some type of microorganism from the towel, we get dirty again and we will have to repeat the protocol.
It is important to remember that the hand washing procedure should last between 40 and 60 seconds for the washing to be adequate and for the viruses and bacteria to be removed.
Antisepsis is a set of procedures or activities that aim to prevent or destroy potentially pathogenic micro-organisms. For example, we have biocides which are chemical substances that destroy, counteract, neutralize or prevent any harmful organism.
For example, hydrogen peroxide, antibiotics – drugs we use to eliminate or fight bacterial infections – and disinfectants such as chlorine that help you clean your table, equipment, telephone or other equipment.
Another example is antiseptic gel, which fights bacteria without damaging tissue.
Close-up of a pump dispenser of disinfectant gel for hand hygiene, virus and germ protection. Woman squeezing an antibacterial and antiseptic gel on her hands. Preventing the spread of germs and bacteria and avoiding infections by the corona virus.
Well, these are the points you have to consider to have a correct hygiene that will help you to counteract diseases or infections. Remember that this is always the time to take care of your health.
So don’t let your guard down! Have we missed anything essential? Let us know in the comments below!