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Stay Safe with Hand Sanitizers

by Celia Shatzman

We all know the drill by now. Wash hands frequently with soap and water, to the tune of the  “Happy Birthday” song--twice--to kill microbes. Always carry hand sanitizer, with at least 60 percent alcohol. And keep hand cream handy, to prevent dry, cracked skin, after all that washing. Choose one that is rich in nut or seed oils, to not only hydrate, but also nourish the skin. Here are some new discoveries!

Leovard 06 Sanitizer

Repair your hands while protecting them with ethyl alcohol. The natural nourishers include silver ions to reduce inflammation and redness, aloe vera to hydrate and cool, hyaluronic acid to moisturize, vitamins C and E to protect from environmental damage, and green tea extracts and oils to soothe skin and deliver antioxidants. 

Type: A The Protector Hand Sanitizer

When this clean deodorant brand learned about the hand-sanitizer shortage, they pivoted and started making their own. Formulated with 68 percent alcohol, it’s infused with aloe and glycerin to hydrate. The lightweight formula feels silky smooth and leaves a light eucalyptus scent behind.

Curie Hydrating Hand Sanitizer

This clean gel kills germs with 70 percent ethyl alcohol while leaving hands clean and smooth. Good-for-you ingredients include hyaluronic acid, prickly pear seed oil and glycerin to moisturize and boost skin elasticity. The packaging is completely recyclable. There are three scents to choose from: Orange Neroli, White Tea and Grapefruit Cassis.

Bathing Culture High Spirits Sanitizer

With 72 percent USA-grown, organic, non-GMO corn alcohol, this also features the brand’s signature redwood canopy-inspired Cathedral Grove Scent, with cedar and vetiver organic essential oils. Plus, $1 of each sale will be donated to DigDeep, a nonprofit that provides running water and sanitation services to Americans with no access to it. 

Credo Hand Sanitizer Spray

Hands—and surfaces, too—stay clean with antimicrobial 62 percent plant-based alcohol derived from corn. The formula checks off all the boxes: It’s gluten-free, cruelty-free, vegan, soy-free and it comes in a glass spray bottle. The delicate scent is courtesy of essential oils of juicy bergamot and delicate vanilla. 

Whish Hand Sanitizer

Like all of Whish’s products, their new hand sanitizer is Leaping Bunny certified, naturally sourced, made in the USA and free of parabens, sulfates, DEA and TEA, petrochemicals and phthalates. It contains 70 percent ethyl alcohol to kill germs, while aloe leaf juice brings some moisture back to hands.

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