You hear it everywhere – Wash your hands!
But if you thought the reason behind frequent hand washing was to wash deadly viruses like COVID-19 away, you’d be wrong. Yes, hand washing for 20 seconds with soapy lather does wash the virus from your hands, but it does much more than that!
The outer wall of a virus is made up of lipids, a type of fatty acid compound. Behind the lipid layer is the actual virus itself which is made up of proteins and RNA (sort of like DNA, it allows the virus to reproduce itself). Soap is primarily made of lipids. The softer and smoother the soap feels, the more lipids it contains. When you work up a good lather, the fatty lipids cover your hands.
If you have coronavirus on your hands, the lipids in the outer wall of the virus break down because they are soluble in the soap lipids. It’s an action not unlike when you clean a paint brush in turpentine and the oily paint dissolves. As the virus’s protective lipid layer breaks down, the protein and RNA inside are destroyed and rinsed away.
Don’t bother with expensive antibacterial soap. It’s a virus, not bacteria you’re after. Regular soap of any kind – hand soap, dish liquid, laundry detergent – works to kill the coronavirus.
Disinfecting agents have been shown to work in the same way to destroy the lipid outer layer of viruses. This is why bleach, Lysol, or a 60% alcohol preparation kill COVID-19 on surfaces. When disinfecting in this way, be sure to let the solution dry on the surface to completely kill any virus.
Clinical studies have shown that hypochlorous acid (HOCl), a naturally occurring molecule produced by your body’s immune system, is also highly effective against bacterial, viral, and fungal microorganisms. While studies have not yet been done to show it’s reaction on COVID-19, past behavior with other similar coronaviruses indicate it could be effective on surfaces including your skin. Unlike some hypochlorous products on the market, the HOCI in Active products is the same medical grade molecule used as an antimicrobial agent in hospitals around the world to clean surfaces as well as wounds. Although we primarily promote it as a wound healing compound, HOCl has a wide variety of uses in the medical community and as a beneficial consumer product.
Apply to any wound to instantly kill bacteria and promote proper healing. It is safe to apply to an open wound and can be used around the eyes, nose or mouth.
Use Active Skin Repair spray as a facial mist for travel or when you are in a location with other people present.
Active Skin Repair gel can be used on your hands to sanitize or swabbed inside your nose with a Q-Tip.
In order to help make Active Skin Repair products part of your everyday first aid arsenal, BoneSmart has received approval for a 25% discount on their spray and gel products. Use the code STAYSAFE25 when you check out.