Washing your hands properly is the first step in keeping them healthy and preventing viruses and infections
Hydrated and nourished skin
Performing proper body hygiene and washing your hands well, are some of the essential measures to combat and repel viruses.
Here we share everything you need to know to help prevent coronavirus with proper hand hygiene and moisturising.
The importance of daily hand washing according to the WHO
According to the World Health Organisation, “multi-resistant, disease-carrying pathogens have become established in our current society. For this reason, the only possible measure to combat and prevent new sources of infection is through control and basic prevention measures such as washing hands, which is an essential action to maintain people’s safety.”
According to the WHO, the possibility of suffering from a disease may be just one step away from not maintaining proper hand hygiene.
Can washing your hands prevent Coronavirus?
The answer is yes and yes. Washing your hands is one of the main measures to avoid contracting the virus. In fact, we mention the practices that you must perform to avoid the risk of contagion:
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Maintain social distancing
- Wash your hands properly
- Cough covering your mouth with your elbow
- Disinfect items that may have come into contact with the virus.
- Change clothes on returning from the street and wash them.
- Increase the frequency of showers and personal hygiene, especially if we return from the street.
- Contact a healthcare professional if we have symptoms
We must therefore take all precautions and perform this simple gesture of hand washing as many times as needed during our daily routine, both during this confinement and in the future.
Our hands are the main transmitters of pathogens since we can involuntarily scratch our face and brush our mouths or eyes with them.
How to wash your hands properly?
The keys to washing your hands properly in five steps:
- Wet your hands with water.
- Apply enough soap to cover both hands.
- Rub your hands together very well. Here we must thoroughly rub both palms, intertwine the fingers and clean their backs and tips very well.
- Finally, dry your hands very well with a towel or disposable paper and finish by cleaning the tap.
You can see all the steps in detail here.
In what situations is it advisable to wash your hands?
Hands should be washed frequently throughout the day, from the time we get up until we go to bed, since our hands are in continuous contact with everything that surrounds us both at home and on the way to work, at supermarkets, pharmacies and other permitted places.
So in what situations is it advisable to wash your hands? For example, before and after touching food, before meals, when coughing, after visiting a sick person or touching money are some of the main times.
Viruses and bacteria are present in each of these processes and the risk of contagion comes with a single touch.
The importance of keeping the skin moisturised and nourished to avoid the appearance of dryness, irritation and sensitivity.
Taking good care of our skin and of the pH is very important, since our skin is an organ that serves as a protective shield, acting as a barrier against external factors such as pollution, temperature changes or bacteria, as well as other internal factors like age or hormones.
A very intense hygiene routine with constant exposure to water and soap causes our pH to destabilise and the lipid layer of our skin suffers, generating symptoms of dehydration, dryness, rashes or even sensitivity.
Lactovit’s nourishing formulas preserve the skin’s lipid layer to prevent dehydration.
So maintaining good hand hygiene these days is key to protecting ourselves. What’s more, hand moisturising has become part of this process. Regularly applying lotions or moisturisers favour optimal moisturising for their care.
Another point to take into account is our body’s hydration. Drinking the recommended daily amount, as well as consuming foods rich in vegetables and fruits will help regulate these indicators of our skin.
How can Lactovit help you in your skin hygiene and care?
It is essential to have reference products for our skin care. One of the main specialist brands in the personal hygiene sector is Lactovit.
Lactovit products incorporate the benefits and properties of milk in their formulas, so they are very soft, gentle on the skin and can be used by the whole family.
The range of shower gels responds to the needs of each skin type, such as nutrition, protection and repair. Furthermore, its formulas include the Protein Calcium complex, which strengthens the skin and deeply nourishes it to keep it strong and youthful.