Some Basic Concerns Over Hand Sanitizers
In our previous blog post, we talked about what makes a hand sanitizer effective and its different types. This time, let’s dive a little deeper into the topic. Namely, we’ll be discussing the effectiveness of hand sanitizers, as well as a few common concerns people tend to have.
For once, the effectiveness of a hand sanitizer is depended on many factors.
Some of which include how much you use, how frequently you use it, and how long your hands are exposed to it. Also, it depends on whether the active ingredients in your hand sanitizer can combat specific types of microbes on your hands.
According to the guideline by the CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention) and the WHO (World Health Organization), you should use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that meets the alcohol volume requirement - which is around 60% of the whole formula. This helps reduce the number of microbes and a wide range of disease-causing agents or pathogens on your hands - including SARS-CoV-2 (the novel coronavirus).
To use it properly, you should rub it thoroughly over hands and fingers for about 30 seconds and let them air-dry. This practice will effectively reduce microbes like bacteria, fungi, and some viruses.
Obviously, in terms of preventing the spread of COVID-19, nothing beats good old-fashioned hand washing with water and soap. But if that’s not feasible, a hand sanitizer is your next best option.
I know we’ve been talking about alcohol-based hand sanitizer a lot, and for a good reason: There are concerns about the use of alcohol-free hand sanitizer due to the chemicals used in those formulas.
For once, research suggests that some popular antimicrobial ingredients in alcohol-free formulas, like triclosan, may negatively impact the endocrine system - such as the thyroxine hormone that’s responsible for digestion, heart and muscle function, brain development, and maintenance of bones. Not to mention, triclosan may also have a negative effect on the environment once it reaches the sewage. And third, these disinfectants and antimicrobials may also contribute to microbes developing more resistance to the ingredients.
This is why it might be a better idea to use alcohol-based hand sanitizers. But are they actually worry-free?
There are also legit concerns over alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Mostly, the large amount of alcohol may cause your hands to be dry and disturbed over time. However, that’s precisely why a good formula needs to include hydrating and soothing ingredients like aloe vera, glycerin, and some antioxidants.
At Graydon Skincare, we recognize that health safety is more important than ever. And so, we’ve come up with our own alcohol-based hand sanitize. In true Graydon fashion, we’ve made sure the formula includes superfood ingredients like blueberries and aloe vera. Stay tuned for more on our newest product.