Bacteria and germs are lurking everywhere you go. Every time you twist a doorknob, accept money from a cashier, push an elevator button or lean against a railing, germs can easily transfer from an affected surface to your susceptible skin. For this particular reason, it is important to keep your hands sanitized at all times. This recommended practice may help prevent the spread of illnesses.
The recent outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has raised public awareness on how the prevention of diseases and a pandemic outbreak may start with basic principles of hygiene. According to health experts, it is essential to keep your hands clean to stop a virus from transmitting. While the traditional method to prevent germs and bacteria is scrubbing your hands using hot, soapy water, washing your hands isn’t always a possibility; in such cases, you can take comfort in the use of hand sanitizers.
Here is how alcohol-free hand sanitizers may help to keep hands germ free:
Natural Ingredients Used In Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizers and Their Benefits
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers usually contain drying alcohol and other potentially harsh chemicals that may irritate soft skin when used excessively. These ingredients may be too harsh for kids to use. To opt for a gentler solution, an alcohol-free hand sanitizer such as the Sasy n Savy Hand Sanitizer Gel or Spray may help rid unwanted bacteria on your hands naturally and effectively. Here are some of the natural ingredients that alcohol-free hand sanitizers contain and that may be highly beneficial for your skin and health:
Benefits of Aloe Vera
Aloe vera thrives in unstable, dry climates and to do so, it has to store water. Special compounds known as complex carbohydrates, combined with the water-dense foliage of this plant allows your hands to retain moisture, and remain soft and hydrated. Adding natural ingredients such as glycerine or aloe vera to hand sanitizers prevents them from drying out on your skin.
Benefits of Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle)
A hand sanitizer that includes natural ingredients is an alternative choice for individuals looking for a different free approach to killing germs. One ingredient used in these products is Backhousia citriodora, also commonly referred to as lemon myrtle. This natural ingredient is anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial and may assist in keeping your hands clean of any harmful germs and bacteria. The gentle, refreshing scent of lemon myrtle completes the package.
Lemon myrtle comes with antibacterial power which can leave your hands smelling beautiful, silky smooth and properly sanitized! Furthermore, the antimicrobial properties of lemon myrtle may help get rid of unpleasant odours and offers a citrusy, lemony fragrance.
Benefits of Leaf Oil
Leaf oils are typically extracted from various parts of a plant. They may be used in alcohol-free hand sanitizers for their anti bacterial characteristics. Leaf oils act as antimicrobial, antioxidant and antifungal elements. They are used in the cosmetic industry often to remove impurity, encourage immunity and cleanse the skin.
The world consists of countless types of fungi, germs, viruses and bacteria. The 6 leaf oils that are most commonly known for their germ-killing properties are: eucalyptus essential oil, tea tree essential oil, citronella essential oil, sage essential oil, lemon essential oil and lemongrass essential oil.
Benefits of Benzalkonium Chloride
Benzalkonium chloride is a quaternary ammonium compound primarily used as an antibacterial, antimicrobial surfactant. It is highly effective in killing germs when applied in doses suitable for human skin. Alcohol-free hand sanitizers such as Sasy n Savy Hand Sanitizer Gel or Spray contain benzalkonium chloride to eradicate harmful microorganisms and bacteria.
Benzalkonium chloride is also used as an active ingredient in other hygiene products such as anti-itch ointments, antiseptic creams, antibacterial hand wipes and more. The antimicrobial properties of this ingredient prevent products from spoiling and helps eliminate bacteria that may cause foul odours.
Benefits of C10-30 Alkyl acrylate cross polymer
Another quaternary ammonium compound used in some hand sanitizing products is C10-30 Alkyl acrylate cross polymer. This compound also serves as a cationic surfactant. Its disinfectant and antiseptic base may be used to kill germs and bacteria on your skin. Often when a product claims to kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria, it is usually due to the active presence of quaternary ammonium compounds in the product formula. With alcohol free sanitizers it is the inclusion of these anti microbial agents that penetrate skin surfaces and kill microorganisms, inhibiting their future growth.
Our Final Thoughts
The opinions presented in this article are expressed by our writing team and staff only. Readers should seek independent medical advice relevant to their circumstances before choosing a product. While choosing between an alcohol-based and alcohol-free product is up to your personal preference, consider alcohol-free options as a natural alternative to support regular hand washing.