Top 4 Reasons to Choose Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer
We’ve all seen our fair share of uncertainty when it comes to shopping for hand sanitizer. With unfamiliar brands flooding the shelves and subsequently being recalled — it can be hard to know which sanitizer to choose and which ingredients you can trust. What’s the best way to stay safe and protect your skin while you’re on-the-go?
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are a popular choice — and an effective way to keep your hands clean when you’re unable to wash with soap and water. However, alcohol-based formulas can have their own harmful side effects. Let’s take a look at the top 4 reasons you should consider a hand sanitizer without alcohol instead!
1. Prevent Premature Skin Aging
Dry skin is more prone to developing wrinkles and blemishes. Over time, the use of alcohol-based sanitizers can cause drying and premature aging of the skin on your hands. If you’re using alcohol-based sanitizer every day, invest in some serious hand lotion. Otherwise, switch to an alcohol-free formula — preferably one with added moisturizers to keep hands beautiful!
2. Promote Healthy Skin Barrier Function
Studies have shown that repeated use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers may increase susceptibility to irritant contact dermatitis and lower the skin barrier function, especially after frequent handwashing or glove-wearing — we’re looking at you, healthcare professionals! One study found an increase in trans-epidermal water loss — meaning painfully dry, cracked hands.
3. Keep Hands from Cracking
Cracking and irritation on dry hands isn’t just painful — it increases your risk of contracting illness from bacteria and pathogens! Instead of slathering on drying alcohol-based hand sanitizers, opt for non-alcoholic hand sanitizer options that are gentler on your skin — and can be even more effective!
4. Better Ingredients & More Effective Options
So what are the ingredients in our hand sanitizer that make it a better, more effective choice? Our hydrating hand sanitizer formula is infused with vitamin E and aloe vera to soothe, nourish, and prevent premature aging. It promotes skin barrier function by maintaining a healthy balance of moisture — and these added beneficial ingredients provide anti-inflammatory properties and promote collagen production to improve skin elasticity and prevent cracking.
Our active ingredient — Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK) — has been shown in studies to be even more effective than a 70% alcohol-based sanitizer solution at killing a number of different bacteria and pathogens. It’s a broad-spectrum sanitizer with antimicrobial properties to protect against bacteria, fungi, and viruses — proven to kill 99.9% of germs. Plus, BZK sanitizers increase antimicrobial activity upon multiple consecutive applications!
Ready to leave dry, cracked hands behind and make the switch to alcohol-free hand sanitizer? Check out Sanibelle Hand Sanitizer Ampules & Wipes for a hydrating formula that keeps hands clean, safe, & beautiful!