All About Hand Sanitizer Spray
Important facts, CDC recommendations, and how to keep hands from drying out
Posted on April 9, 2020 Written by: 100% PURE ®
If there’s one thing we appreciate now more than ever, it’s a good old fashioned hand washing. While we’d love to keep hands germ-free 24/7, sinks aren’t exactly portable – the next best thing is a quality hand sanitizer.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that “If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.” That means while out and about, an alcohol-based sanitizer is your best alternative for fending off a variety of harmful microbes.
But can hand sanitizer actually be safe for your skin, while helping to reduce disease-causing bacteria?
If you’re used to neon green sanitizers that slap you in the face with a bouquet of synthetic fragrance – before drying your hands beyond recognition – fear not! We’ve formulated a natural Hand Sanitizer Spray that’s gentle on your skin (and your nose), and can help with disease-causing bacteria in a pinch.
While some of us are used to carrying around an arsenal of hand sanitizer well beyond flu season, those not familiar with their everyday benefits have had a crash-course in recent weeks.
According to the CDC:
“Many studies have found that sanitizers with an alcohol concentration between 60–95% are more effective at killing germs than those with a lower alcohol concentration or non-alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Hand sanitizers without 60-95% alcohol 1) may not work equally well for many types of germs; and 2) merely reduce the growth of germs rather than kill them outright.”
In an effort to slow the spread of viruses, consumers are realizing the benefits of carrying a hand sanitizer with them everywhere they go. Personally, we keep one in our car cup holder, one in our purse, one at work, and a few at home. You could say they’re like our lip balm 2.0 – we keep one everywhere!
Even on a short neighborhood walk, hand sanitizers can be a helpful tool for reducing transmission of disease-causing bacteria. Since you can’t properly wash your hands while away from the sink, a hand sanitizer is useful in a pinch.
PRO TIP: Note that if your hands are visibly dirty, you have handled harmful chemicals, or if you have been caring for someone who is sick, hand washing will be far more effective than a hand sanitizer.
Examples of when we like to use hand sanitizer are before and after:
Checking the mailbox
Pressing the button at a crosswalk
Shopping at the store
No matter the circumstances, if you’re unable to wash your hands and are in contact with high-touch surfaces handled by anyone outside your home, portable sanitizing solutions can certainly be a helpful tool.
If you’re just tuning in, you’ll be excited to know that Allure has already named our Hand Sanitizer Spray at the top of its list of the 14 Best Hand Sanitizers of 2020! Our dye-free, fragrance-free hand sanitizer is made with a simple yet effective ingredient list, and is designed to nourish skin with every use.
Check out some key ingredients and features below!
Antibacterial – may act as a natural disinfectant in place of harsh detergents
Antiviral – may kill or suspend viral activity or inhibit it from multiplying or recurring
Antifungal – may kill or prevent fungal growth on hair, skin, and nails
Beneficial for dry, inflamed, and sensitive skin
Supports deep hydration for thirsty skin
Creates a protective barrier over dry, flakey, or damaged skin
Softens skin with powerful humectant properties
Enhances moisture retention and absorption
Has a similar pH level to skin, making it gentle and beneficial for all skin types
Our hand sanitizer is made with 62% ethyl alcohol, sourced from grain. If you have Celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, you may be wondering: is hand sanitizer gluten-free? During the distillation process, the proteins and sugars that trigger gluten allergies are removed, meaning that even grain-sourced alcohols can be deemed gluten-free.
Why don’t we claim our Hand Sanitizer Spray as 99.9% effective against germs?
Our Hand Sanitizer Spray is FDA compliant as an over the counter (non-prescription) drug, and meets the CDC suggestion for its capacity to help reduce disease-causing microbes with 62% alcohol. However, it is not recommended that any product claim an ability to kill 99.9% of germs or harmful bacteria.
A similar claim was previously made by Gojo Industries for their over the counter Purell products. Marketing claims insinuated that certain sanitizing products could kill “more than 99.99% of most common germs that may cause illness in a healthcare setting, including MRSA & VRE”.
The FDA questioned the validity these claims, citing:
“FDA is currently not aware of any adequate and well-controlled studies demonstrating that killing or decreasing the number of bacteria or viruses on the skin by a certain magnitude produces a corresponding clinical reduction in infection or disease caused by such bacteria or virus.”
So what does this mean for hand sanitizers being sold with a claim to kill a certain percentage of germs or bacteria? Simply put, it means that these are marketing claims and not direct results of clinical testing.
To uphold these claims, the product would be required to prove to the FDA that it can treat, cure, prevent, or mitigate disease like a prescription drug. In reality, hand sanitizers are simply over the counter products with germ-fighting capabilities.
The best way to prevent the spread of disease-causing bacteria is by washing your hands regularly, according to CDC instructions. However, in the case that you are away from a sink, here are the key steps for effectively using hand sanitizer:
Apply enough hand sanitizer to cover the entire surface of both hands; depending on the size of your hands, this amount will be different for everyone.
Rub hands together thoroughly, until the sanitizer is completely dry (about 20 seconds).
To prevent overdrying after hand washing or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, follow up with a moisturizing hand cream. To ensure proper protection and function from your hand sanitizer, be sure it has dried completely before applying your hand cream.
However, balancing the ratio of moisture to sanitizing can be a fine line. Experts at UCLA warn that overly moisturizing hand sanitizers may reduce their ability to kill bacteria, so find a balance that works for your particular products.
The information in this article is not intended to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should not be used as such.
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