Sterilization, sanitation, health and hygiene are some terms that are not just related to the medicine industry; but to the beauty industry as well. For spas, tattoos and beauty salon owners, it is imperative to understand the real value and significance of rigorous sterilization and techniques of disinfection. By doing so, they will not only protect their clients, but also themselves.
A lot has been said and written about the cleanliness and safety practices within the beauty industry. With countless allegations and accusations being made at spas about not practicing sterilization and disinfection, it’s important to understand the difference between the two.
On a basic level, sterilization refers to killing all kinds and types of microbial lives such as bacteria, spores and viruses etc that reside within an object through a heating, gas or chemical process. On the other hand, disinfection means getting rid of pathogenic microorganisms except from bacterial spores. By performing proper disinfection, the chances of a particular disease being spread reduce to a minimum.
Here are some of the most widespread methods of sterilization that are implemented by Spas:
During this process of sterilization, the object is heated at a temperature of 320-338 degrees Fahrenheit. As the initial equipment cost is extremely low, this method is mostly adopted in the esthetic industry. A typical cycle can take up to 1-2 hours banking on the load. Moreover, this procedure is also not recommended when sterilizing soft items. Furthermore, there is a higher chance of dry heat distorting the disposition of the item within and cause it to smell poorly.
A number of chemical forms can be utilized for sterilizing or disinfecting. Pressured gas and microencapsulated liquids and chemicals are also very effective. The liquid sterilants are capable of killing and preventing the growth of fungi, bacterial spores and other deadly viruses. The level and intensity of sterilization required using sterilants is based on different classifications of items being sterilized.
Ethylene Oxide Gas
Ethylene oxide gas sterilizes instruments at low temperature and humidity levels. However, this process of sterilization can take up to 2-6 hours in order to produce highly accurate results. Moreover, it’s important to perform this process in open air as the fumes produced can have cancerous effects on the people in the surrounding.
Steam autoclaving is one of those sterilizing methods that involve the use of moist heat. This is more like a strong vessel that varies in size and is airtight. Typically, the temperature of steam autoclave varies between 250-273 degrees.
This is the most time-efficient technique of sterilization. With a short cycle time of around 20 minutes and temperature of 270 degrees, the instruments do not corrode, rust or get dull during the sterilization process. However, the only drawback is the strange smell that comes from the instruments post sterilization.
At Matrix Medical Supplies, we have some of the best professionally recommended sterilization products such as sterilization pouches, rolls and more.