Over the last year, there are a few words and phrases we’ve heard on repeat—social distancing, masks, and of course, hand sanitizer. There was a little blip where hand sanitizer was as good as gold, but manufacturers have caught up, and we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief. While there’s plenty of choices on the market, most hand sanitizers use alcohol as the active ingredient to work their magic. Needless to say, alcohol can be pretty drying and wreak a little havoc on your skin if you’re not careful. The good news is, there are plenty of hand sanitizers that are gentle on your skin but just as effective. Not sure which one to choose? Here are 6 of the best moisturizing hand sanitizers.
Palmer’s is essentially a household name when it comes to skincare, because their products are always chock full of ingredients that are good for your skin. Palmer’s hand sanitizer is no different. This hand sanitizer is made with 75% isopropyl alcohol, which does the heavy lifting to fight germs, but it also contains soothing aloe and vitamin E to keep your skin soft and healthy.
Most people are familiar with Germ X, and it may even be your go-to brand for hand sanitizer. What you may not know is that Germ X has a moisturizing formula as well. Formulated with 63% ethyl alcohol, this hand sanitizer kills as much as 99.9% of germs in as little as 15 seconds. And that's some pretty powerful stuff; Germ X also contains Vitamin E to soothe and moisturize your skin.
Bath & Body Works hand sanitizer is made with 71% alcohol, so it’s quite effective in the battle against germs. But it’s also infused with shea extract, essential oils, vitamin E, and aloe to keep your skin soft, smooth, and healthy. As a nice little bonus, these hand sanitizers are available in a slew of delectable fragrances like champagne toast, mango mai tai, and white almond and lavender.
Made with 62% ethyl alcohol, Honest Company’s hand sanitizer kills up to 99.9% of germs and bacteria. The hand sanitizer is plant-based, hypoallergenic, and it contains plenty of skin-soothing ingredients like naturally-derived glycerin, aloe, and calendula officinalis flower extract, all of which work in concert to keep your skin germ-free and moisturized without any sticky residue.
More commonly known for their line of sunscreens, The Sun Bum brand has expanded its offerings to include a hand sanitizer that's safe and gentle enough for the little ones. While it contains 62% ethyl alcohol to effectively kill up to 99.9% of germs, this hand sanitizer is also formulated with aloe, cucumber, gardenia, and Monoi coconut oil to hydrate your skin keeping it smooth and moisturized.
With their line of incredibly popular toilet sprays, Poo-Pourri is yet another household name that’s dipping its toes into the hand sanitizer market. Made with 65% ethyl alcohol, Poo-Pourri effectively kills germs and bacteria. But this moisturizing hand sanitizer is also packed with soothing ingredients like lavender and coconut essential oils to keep dry skin at bay.