The Health Council regularly warned against using disinfectant soap to wash your hands, as it removes more good bacteria than it fights evil. But nowadays you run into a pump of aggressive soap in every store. What does that do with the so-called good and bad bacteria, and how should you wash your hands in this Corona crisis?

8 million bacteria
You have no idea, but there are 8 million bacteria on every square centimeter of your hand. Invisible life, which you should especially not be spastic about. These bacteria are your first line of defense against the harmful ones you get everywhere: from the door handle to the toilet seat, from a keyboard to your mobile phone. They keep you healthy. And it is a whole arsenal that we carry; on your hand alone about 150 types of bacteria and 30 types of fungi, the composition of which varies from person to person. Scientists even think that this composition of bacteria and fungi is more unique and more reliable for every person than a fingerprint.

And full is full. All bacteria occupy a place where no outside (‘bad’) bacteria can enter. And the body’s own bacteria in turn produce substances that attack the harmful ones.

How to wash your hands
Unless you work in the hospital, alcoholic and aggressive soaps are not the best way to go. Washing with water and mild soap is often the best solution to avoid a potential harming disbalance in this ecosystem of bacteria too much (with consequences such as dry hands, cracks, wounds, etc.) and at the same time to leave the protective layer on your hands intact. As long as you do not put unwashed hands in your mouth or nose, the risk of a virus is very small.

Protect your skin
The same warning applies to facial skin. Here too you want to keep the bacterial protection layer, the so-called ‘microbiome’, intact as much as possible. Frequent cleaning of the face with aggressive cleansers makes the skin ‘clean’ but also vulnerable, resulting in too dry skin, inflammation, pimples, pimples, etc. Furthermore, products with benzoyl peroxide, often used in anti-acne formulas, are known for that it weakens the natural sun protection.

If you use these types of products, it is therefore advisable to frequently apply sunscreen protection. But watch out! A cream with a high SPF is often thicker and can quickly clog the sebaceous glands! The vicious circle of trying to solve a bigger problem is complete again.

Toothpaste on your face, absolute no-go!

There are also still people who think that you should dry out pimples. Or even smear toothpaste on it. The latter is an absolute no-go because it gives a great chance of hyperpigmentation (pigmentation spots) that sometimes needs 1.5 years to grow out/disappear. Healthy skin is not dry, and when the skin is too dry, the skin will produce (too) much sebum again. So there is the vicious circle again!

Anna is Clear® formula

Products for your skin should contain as little aggressive substances as possible. That is why we are so proud of the Anna is Clear® formula. It only contains ingredients that strengthen the skin and the microbiome. In addition to the unique water-soluble beta-glucans, the formulation supplies the skin with 6 of the 8 essential amino acids.

A strong microbiome prevents skin problems. Regularly applying the serum to a troubled area can activate the skin to take action itself for prevention or recovery.

Anna is Clear®

Happy skin, happy life