From acids, to SPF, to retinol – there is always an ingredient or product that is the must-have beauty buy of the moment. Yet in what is most certainly a sign of the times, the hard-to-get-hold-of product defining the year so far has turned out to be the humble hand sanitiser…
What was previously a festival staple or the traveller’s trusty sidekick has now become the everyday essential that everyone wants to arm themselves with. So what should we know about this product?
- Are they worth the hype?
Hygiene experts suggest that for a hand sanitiser to be effective, it needs to contain a minimum of 60% alcohol. While it cannot guarantee complete protection, this alcohol content helps to top up the cleanliness of hands and ultimately helps to limit the spread of germs, bacteria and viruses.
Our Hand Sanitisers
Neal’s Yard Organic Defence Hand Spray (& refill) – This organic formula contains 70% alcohol as well as a blend of lemongrass and witch hazel for a truly refreshing experience. We especially love the eco-friendly refill option considering how quickly we’re all getting through sanitiser at the moment!
Nourish Hand Sanitiser – With 65% alcohol and naturally antibacterial essential oils of lemon and ho leaf, this spray doubles up as a refreshing little pick-me-up with a scent that will have you dreaming of sunnier days to come. Can also be used to sanitise your phone, door handles and other hard surfaces*. *Patch test first.
Evolve Keep Calm & Spray On Hand Sanitiser – This spray sanitiser contains 60% alcohol as well as calming bergamot and organic glycerine to help prevent dryness from excessive cleansing – something we all could use right now!
Fushi Stay Safe Herbal Hand Sanitiser – A non-drying formula that fights bacteria and other pathogens effectively and
efficiently. Containing 65% alcohol content and a herbal tincture base of sage, rosemary and thyme, it purifies and protects while leaving behind a soothing aroma.
So, considering the range of specially crafted formulas available, a hand sanitiser is definitely a must-have to equip yourself with right now. But despite their undeniable convenience, it’s worth noting that experts advise that washing hands with soap and water is still the most effective method.
Therefore where we have access to soap and running water, we should definitely still be using our trusty hand soaps for a thorough cleanse. But seeing as we are all now rinsing those hands off a lot more frequently, finding the right wash is essential.
Our Hand Washes
Green People Scent Free Hand Wash 300ml – The increased frequency of hand washing is taking its toll on all of us, but none more so than those sensitive skin types. This fragrance-free formula from Green People is specially formulated to be non-irritating and pH-balanced, so it will be extra kind to stressed-out skin.
Bamford Rose Hand & Body Wash 250ml – There has never been a better time to justify indulging your hands in a little luxury. This soothing formula contains aloe vera to condition skin while essential oils of rose camomile and lemon help to bestow a little peace and tranquillity.
Neom Energy Burst Body & Hand Wash 250ml – We could all use a little extra sunshine now we’re confined to the indoors. This therapeutic formula offers a hydrating blend of nourishing oils with a scent guaranteed to lift your spirit and boost your energy.
- Are there any side effects?
Hand sanitisers are perfectly safe to use. However, the main side effect that we’re all experiencing right now whether using soap or sanitisers is dry, uncomfortable hands. Although non-alcohol formulations are available, experts have warned they won’t provide the level of protection deemed essential.
So, the best way to care for those hands while still ensuring you’re keeping them thoroughly clean is to firstly dry them correctly. Avoid air dryers and instead dab hands with a clean, dry towel until all moisture is gone. If using a hand sanitiser, allow the formula to thoroughly dry onto skin. Then, follow with a nourishing hand cream of your choice. For particularly dry hands, you may want to invest in a cream containing ultra-hydrating ingredients such as jojoba, avocado oil or shea butter, all of which penetrate down into the deeper layers of skin to leave behind a soothing layer of moisture. These powerhouse ingredients can also help to create a protective barrier against further dryness or irritation.
Our Hand Creams
Cowshed Restore Hand Cream 300ml – A refreshing blend of sweet orange and peppermint essential oils to soften and soothe, thanks to their natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Inika Phytofuse Renew Avocado Hand Cream 75ml – A truly luxurious blend of plant oils and butters that melts into skin to soothe, nourish and heal while also helping to reduce the signs of premature ageing.
Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Hand Cream 75ml– This intensely hydrating hand cream leaves hands smooth, super soft while also helping to rejuvenate tired skin and protect against free radical damage.
All in all, it’s easy to see why the humble hand sanitiser has become this year’s standout star. Providing the all-important top ups alongside those essential hand washes, they provide an effective method at protecting you and those around you. Just don’t forget to treat yourself (and those thirsty hands) to an indulgent hand cream to follow. Our top tip is to apply a cream just before bedtime so your hands can drink in all of that moisture uninterrupted overnight.