Keeping Your Hands Clean and Free of Harmful Germs
The importance of cleanliness has been underscored as the world continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and we all find ourselves taking extra measures to ensure our bodies and homes stay clean. With good reason, we prioritize the cleanliness of our hands as they can easily transmit the virus from things we touch into our bodies. Many people choose to use hand sanitizing gels with antiseptic properties to protect themselves from the buildup of uninvited germs—but it isn’t really necessary to rely solely on these products. Proper handwashing is just as effective in reducing the accumulation of germs. However, in many cases, people find as they wash their hands more, their skin becomes dry, cracked and irritated.
Why do hands often become dry after frequent washing?
Washing your hands is a no-brainer when it comes to eliminating dangerous germs and preventing them from entering your body. However, frequent handwashing is often accompanied by an uninvited visitor—dry skin. The epidermis of our hands is structured into proteins and fats, and frequent exposure to water or soap can wash away natural oils that coat our skin. As the skin becomes more dehydrated, it can cause dry hands. In some cases, skin may become red, itchy and flaky, which can lead to an increased risk of skin infection. For those who have sensitive skin, various chemicals that are often used in common liquid and foam hand soaps can also irritate the skin and cause these symptoms.
What in hand soaps causes dryness and irritates our skin?
People tend to think the more foam produced as we lather our hands means a more effective clean, but is this true? What do soap formulas use to create this foam?
Most often, soaps rely on synthetic surfactants such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES) that not only help to create foam, but also effectively cleanse away dirt and grease. These chemicals are very cheap foaming agents, but lead to unwanted side effects such as dry and irritated skin.
Preservatives are another substance commonly used in shampoos, shower gels and hand soaps. One common preservative is methylisothiazolinone (MIT), which is also found in products like paints used for homes. These preservatives inhibit the growth of bacteria and extend the shelf-life of products. However, if we are exposed to excessive amounts of substances like MIT, it can cause allergic reactions and dermatitis.
One of the most popular substances found in hand soaps are synthetic fragrances. Manufacturers tend to put these synthetic fragrances in many products we use on our bodies and clothes and in our homes in order to make the products smell good. However, these synthetic fragrances contain phthalates, which are known to be one of the top allergens. Using products with synthetic fragrances can cause rashes and other skin allergies. For those with sensitive skin, it can lead to widespread rashes or even respiratory problems. In addition, prolonged use of products with these synthetic fragrances can also interfere with the hormones that affect the reproductive and developmental systems.
It’s important to know that the more we wash our hands, the more often we come into contact with these harmful chemical substances that can remain on our skin or enter into our bodies. The accumulation of chemical residue on our skin can have negative affects on our bodies, both internally and externally.
What’s the best way to choose a safe hand soap to avoid dryness and irritation?
You should opt for soap that helps to hydrate your skin and is free of the previously mentioned chemical substances that cause dryness or irritation of the hands. Avoid using bars of soap as their high alkalinity depletes your skin of vital, natural fats, which makes skin dry. Liquid soaps are a safer option, and soaps with extra moisturizing properties are even better. You should stay away from certain soaps that create a lot of foam when lathering, because the chemicals often used to create foam also destroy the oils responsible for keeping your skin hydrated.
But what about that lack of foam? It often makes us feel like our hands aren’t being cleaned efficiently. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a soap that produces a lot of foam to ensure you feel confident your hands are clean and still keeps your hands feeling moist? Don’t worry—you have that option too.
Choose an All-Natural Foaming Hand Soap
At PiPPER STANDARD, we’ve made it possible to use a hand soap that creates foam to leave you feeling sure, and your skin feeling great! Our foaming hand soap contains natural ingredients “such as organic cleaning agents from fermented pineapples that are ECOCERT certified in accordance with international standards. The foam is produced by a pump innovatively designed to create foam, rather than relying on sulfates or other foaming agents that damage and dry out the skin. Its all-natural formula also includes jojoba oil, vitamin E and extract from calendula flowers to keep your hands moisturized. Rather than relying on allergy-causing synthetic fragrances, we use natural essential oils to provide a subtle and fresh lavender scent. Our foaming hand soap has passed non-irritation tests administered by Dermscan Asia, so no need to worry about itchiness or dry skin. Switch to our foaming hand soap today to ensure your hands are left feeling clean and moisturized, rather than covered in chemical residue.