With the coronavirus COVID-19 spreading far and wide (as well as many other viruses and bacteria we’re exposed to daily), it’s a good idea to practice good hand hygiene and wash your hands, plus use a good sanitiser when you’re travelling or in any public place.
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When and how to use a hand sanitiser
According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s best to wash your hands with soap and water first (followed by hand sanitiser), as this reduces the number of germs and chemicals on your hands.
However, if you don’t always have access to soap and water, a good hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol will help to kill germs and prevent infections from spreading.
The truth is, you probably touch your eyes, hands and mouth frequently without even realising it, and go about your day. But if you’re in the shopping mall, then the office, then you head to the gym before getting home, there’s a good chance you’ve been exposed to plenty of germs along the way.
An effective hand sanitiser can help to reduce the spread of certain mircrobes most commonly found in public areas and on surfaces, but not all of them, which is why your best arsenal against viral and bacterial infections is to wash hands regularly and use a hand sanitiser straight afterwards.
When you apply hand sanitiser, experts from the CDC suggest applying the product to the palm of one hand and rub the product over the surfaces of your hands, until they’re dry.
Our top 6 hand sanitisers
Whether you have sensitive skin and need an alcohol-free version, or are looking for a pocket-sized sanitiser you can easily carry around, here are some of the best hand sanitisers on shelf…
Byotrol Hand Foam Sanitiser, R25,90 for 50ml, is a gentle, foam hand sanitiser that has a long-lasting effect and is ideal for those with sensitive skin and/or skin conditions.
Dismed D-germ Alcohol & Chlorhexidine Hand Rub, R62,95 for 500ml, is ideal to keep in your kitchen or bathrooms as it contains 70% alcohol. It’s also a good option if other family members are sick and you want to prevent the spread of germs. There is a smaller bottle with a spray pump to carry on the go too. It’s ideal to use after using public toilets, escalators etc.
For your handbag
Dettol Instant Hand Sanitizer, R23,99 for 50ml, is a no-rinse, non-sticky gel formula that claims to protect you against 99% of germs.
If you’re looking for a 2-in-1 waterless cleanser, plus a hand sanitiser, try Happy Hands Hygiene Waterless Hand Cleanser, R11,99 for 60ml. It’s a cleansing hygiene gel that gently washes away dirt, while leaving the hands clean and scented.
Absolute Organix Hand Sanitiser, R36 for 100ml, contains two main ingredients to kill germs. The formula is antibacterial, antiviral, and completely biodegradable. Plus, its hypoallergenic so won’t dry out or irritate sensitive skin.
If you’re not a fan of gels, cleansers or foams, Kleenex Hand & Face Wipes Aqua, R10,99, are gentle, alcohol-free and pH balanced for sensitive skin. They’re also made with natural tea-tree extract which has anti-bacterial properties. Plus, we love the thicker, cloth-like texture of these wipes.
A freelance writer and editor, with 15 years’ experience in the media industry. With a passion for health and fitness, Tammy loves nothing more than researching the latest wellness trends. And if she’s not running around after her sweet four-year old daughter, you’ll find Tammy on her bike, in the gym or exploring the great outdoors – followed by a good coffee, of course!