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Importance of Hand Washing

Washing your hands often is one of the simplest steps we can take to improving our overall health on a daily basis. It can prevent illness and the spread of harmful germs in your work spaces, your home, and to your loved ones. Some of the most important times to wash our hands during our day-to-day routines would be before eating, after using the restroom, sneezing, or blowing your nose, and before, during, and after cooking.

In order to wash your hands most effectively, five steps should be included and considered in the process: Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, and Dry. Be sure to lather the soap on the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and up over your wrists, where germs can linger. Pay special attention to washing underneath your nails, as germs gather in that particular space. Lathering will loosen dirt and harmful pathogens, and scrubbing for an appropriate amount of time (15-30 seconds is recommended) will rinse away anything left on the surface of the hands.

The soap that you use is one of the most important elements of the handwashing process. Soaps that include essential oils are packed with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties while thoroughly cleaning the skin and leaving it nourished after. Antibacterial soaps can contain harmful chemicals such as parabens, petrochemicals, and triclosan. The Environmental Working Group found that triclosan may disrupt human hormones (proven by animal studies) and damage the reproductive system. Also, it doesn’t actually kill more germs than natural soap.

Natural hand soaps often include glycerin, an ingredient that serves as a lubricant and humectant. Shameless offers a wide selection of glycerin soap luffas, which is a natural luffa coated with glycerin soap, offering a gentle wash with a thorough scrub. Pure glycerin soap is all-natural and doesn’t contain alcohol, fragrances, or other chemical-based ingredients that could irritate your skin. It’s even been said to help skin cells mature properly with consistent use. It’s particularly beneficial for those who experience drying conditions such as acne, dermatitis (eczema), dry skin, psoriasis, or rosacea.

Hand washing and practicing responsible hygiene is one of the simplest ways to prevent illness. Doing so properly (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) and consistently can be a great way to protect yourself from unwanted and unwelcome germs. Choosing a soap that’s appropriate for you is as important a place to start as any.

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