But there are a few stumbling blocks, namely the fact that getting your hands on a bottle is on par in difficulty with finding the motivation to change out of your pyjamas for Zoom meetings.
For the best part of two months, hand sanitiser has been like gold dust – selling quicker than it can be made. Secondly? Finding a formulation which doesn’t dry your hands out is near-on impossible.
Just like wearing a fabric face mask and staying at home as much you can, using hand sanitiser is another recommended way to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. It’s especially handy to have in your bag when you don’t have access to soap and water – i.e. on your weekly trip to buy food groceries or when you’re on a daily run.
Or so we thought. If you think all hand sanitisers are born the same – drying, sticky, smelly – then think again. There are actually a few products which won’t leave your hands cracked and sore, containing good-for-skin ingredients like aloe vera, witch hazel and essential oils. Take Davisage’s Handy Bottle, for example. It boasts 60% alcohol content – the recommended amount if you want your hand sanitiser to combat germs – but it also contains the brand’s Luxury Black Orchid Hand Cream to nourish skin as it goes. Black orchid extract reduces the appearance of fine lines, while aloe replenishes moisture levels for a supple and soft finish.
There’s also an array of good quality hand sanitisers stocked on Glowyy.com – a beauty site which now has a dedicated “Outbreak Essentials” page, and This Works’ new Stress Check Clean Hands. It contains natural essential oils of Lavender, Neroli and Camomile to hydrate hands as you rinse.
Turns out there’s actually a right and a wrong way of using hand sanitiser – and it could be the difference between keeping yourself healthy or unintentionally spreading the illness. So, before we round-up the best hand sanitisers that are still in stock, listen up.
According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, there are three steps to using hand sanitiser properly.
- Once you’ve taken off any jewellery you might be wearing on your hands – rings, bracelets, watches and such like – apply the gel product to the palm of one hand. You should read the label on your hand sanitiser for the correct amount.
- Rub your hands together.
- Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take around 20 seconds.
Hand sanitisers are hot property, so here are the best, editor-approved formulations that are still in stock. We’ll keep the list updated regularly, so you always know where to shop.