The emergency of Covid-19 has made disinfectant gels indispensable. But what exactly do these gels do? What do they contain? How long does their effectiveness last from the time of application? Do they really protect us?
HAND DISINFECTANTS: WHAT DO THEY CONTAIN?
Most gel disinfectants are based on alcohol or nitrogen derivatives, and contain perfume and emollients to make them less aggressive. Generally, in the list of ingredients, non-detailed characteristics such as antibacterial / antiseptic / antimicrobial are advertised.
IS HYGIENIZATION INSTANT?
It has an immediate action or is effective within thirty seconds of application.
CAN GEL REPLACE DETERGENT WITH SOAP?
No, because the soap, associated with a correct cleaning method, guarantees a more effective and lasting removal of bacteria. The soap, in fact, removes the lipid layer that covers the skin and on which bacteria proliferate, while the sanitizer limits the microbial proliferation and makes the skin environment hostile to the persistence / proliferation of germs on the skin surface thanks to degreasing and disinfectant substances .
CAN THEY BE USED ALSO IN OTHER BODY PARTS?
These products are designed to be used on the hands, never on the face or near the mucous membranes because they can cause irritation.
IF I DO NOT WASH MY HANDS AND USE GEL, DO I ELIMINATE ALL BACTERIA?
No, the only way to be sure of deeply sanitizing your hands is by washing with soap and water, especially if your hands are visually dirty, followed by drying.
IF I USE THE SANITIZING GEL AND THEN I APPLY THE HAND CREAM CANCEL THE EFFECT?
Yes, because I am going to frustrate the sanitizing action as the cream is not sterile. All the more so if the cream has been open for some time and therefore contaminated. Different discourse must be done for the silicone barrier creams that work like a glove avoiding the direct contact of the skin with external agents.
BETWEEN GEL AND SPRAY, WHAT IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE PRODUCT?
Being able to choose the gel it is more powerful because it guarantees a more uniform and homogeneous application compared to a spray product. The composition, however, is the same.
Which disinfectants do they really disinfect?
Generally, a good sanitizer contains denatured ethyl alcohol in the first place in the ingredients ranging from 60-85%, capable of evaporating quickly in contact with the air, neutralizing bacteria and some viruses from the surface of the hands.
Sanitizing gels perform the main function of ensuring good hand hygiene in all those situations where they cannot be washed.
They are a particularly practical solution as a minimum quantity of gel evenly distributed on the hands and left to dry is enough to obtain immediate protection against the proliferation of germs and bacteria on their surface.
These gels are designed to be used only on the hands, not to clean other parts of the body or objects, for which specific products exist.
How to properly apply sanitizing gels
The correct maneuvers to sanitize the hands generally remind soap washing: a small amount of gel should be applied to the palm and massaging one hand against the other, distribute from the back to the wrist, between the fingers and interdigital spaces, and nails.
It will be necessary to rub until completely dry of the product to obtain in a few seconds the removal of 99.9% of the bacteria from the surface of the hands. For a homogeneous cleansing it is recommended to remove rings and bracelets.
The sanitizing gel does not require rinsing, on the contrary, washing your hands after applying the gel cancels its effectiveness, as well as spreading cream immediately afterwards.
Recommended by HAIR SWISS
as usual we tested several products before we could give advice on which hand sanitizer gel to buy.
The main aspects that we considered are:
- Percentage of alcohol contained in the product
- Evaporation time
(also depends on the alcohol present)
- Produced as a sanitizer
- High frequency test to test for burning or dry hands.
- Value for money
In truth there are many high quality ones, more or less aggressive, more or less expensive.
However, we have chosen what we think could be one of the best, as it contains 70% alcohol, evaporates very quickly, disinfects, but a very important factor is the emollient based on a large amount of Aloe Vera.
This means that even with frequent use, the dryness of the skin and in some cases of sensitive skin small burns or irritations do not occur, but on the contrary it makes the hands soft and velvety, as well as a pleasant perfume.
The product in question is BYEBACT by EDELSTEIN an excellent Italian product available in Switzerland through the official distributor