Handwashing -  and why it kills the Corona virus

The question everyone is asking right now -
how can hand washing prevent spread of the Corona Virus?  

As medical experts and public awareness promotions everywhere are recommending extra and thorough hand washing, we wanted to know why and how and consequently found there is indeed method behind this soap madness.
"Human skin is an ideal surface for a virus. It is “organic” and the proteins and fatty acids in the dead cells on the surface interact with the virus. When you touch, say, a steel surface with a virus particle on it, it will stick to your skin".
From there, we unknowingly transfer these invisible virus particles to others (handshaking, hugging, etc) but essentially also we infect ourselves with it.
Washing hands with water alone isn't enough.
In short: "the virus is a self-assembled nanoparticle in which the weakest link is the lipid (fatty) bilayer. Soap dissolves the fat membrane and the virus falls apart like a house of cards and dies – or rather, we should say it becomes inactive as viruses aren’t really alive."
These excerpts are from a recent article published in The Guardian, written by a chemistry professor at UNSW and makes a worthwhile interesting read!

The Science of Soap  - how it kills the corona virus

But as many of you may be experiencing dry, sore hands with all that extra handwashing, which will only compound as Australia's winter approaches, what is the solution to hand soap that doesn't dry the skin??

The main cleansing agent in many commercial hand soap formulas is SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate), one of the cheapest and strongest, but most irritating surfactants in skincare. (Also found in bodywash, shampoos, bubble bath). You might also see SLeS (Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulphate) listed, created to be less irritating, but in actuality is still a chemical irritant.
These 'sulphates' give soap its foaming action, with the ability to remove grime and dirt (and viruses), but are harshly drying to skin, stripping it of natural skin oils, eliciting skin reactions such as inflammation, eczema and contact dermatitis. Along with a long list of other chemicals, alcohol, fragrances and preservatives that commercial soaps are cheaply formulated with, it's no wonder our skin becomes worse for wear.

Until recently, soap companies did not have to disclose their ingredients, which by law they now have to - most consumers neglect to check soap ingredients, so check yours, and you'll see why! 

Our advice?

If your soap contains SLS or SLeS, switch to a more gentle soap!

We recommend our fabulous all natural Foaming Handwash formula - 
it's totally Sulphate and chemical  free, using the latest eco and skin friendly coconut and sugar cleansers with skin conditioners, plus loaded with powerful antimicrobial Essential Oils that not only smell great, but work effectively to whisk away bacterial & viral germs & odours.  

Minimise the risk to your health and skin - 
Lock in a natural soap routine in your home today!


  • March 24, 2020
  • iSHiKi-SKiN Admin

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