With the current situation happening in the world, and the Corona virus being present in every corner, people have started to take safety measures and make sure they are avoiding its infection as best as they can. One of the things that have become rather present in our society right now besides face masks and social distancins is, of course, hand sanitizer.
But there are some doubts about it, and people often wonder whether it is actually useful or not. There’s also people who have noticed changes in the skin of their hands after regularly using hand sanitizer, and others claim that soap and water is 100% better.
In this article I’m going to talk about the things people don’t talk about when it comes to hand sanitizer, and of course, in what way they are beneficial and how they can be an actual disadvantage.
As an Alternative to Deal with Virus and Bacteria
Yes, sanitizers are rather efective when it comes to dealing with bacteria, and Covid-19 is no exception to the rule. But there are certain requirements for a sanitizer to be effective against it, and that is requiring at least 60% of alcohol in its formula.
Still, there are some stuff people need to know: for this formula to be effective, they absolutely need to let it dry by itself, and not clean it off neither with water or with a towel, before it happens. This allows the formula to do its job as well as create a protective layer that might help you against infection for a certain duration, which varies deeply depending on the quality of the product.
Some products can achieve the main objective, which is getting rid of viruses, but others are better at providing more protection, whereas some only are active for short periods of time. A good example of a good product are MOXE, since MOXE Hand sanitizer benefits the user for quite some time after the formula has dried out.
Still Far from Perfect
There are ocassions, though, that a sanitizer formula might not be as effective. A good example of these ocassions are when hands are wet, oily, dirty, or covered in another product.
Ideally, you should apply sanitizer when your hands are completely dry, so the drying effect takes less time and the layer remains for longer in your skin, thus, protecting you with more efficiency.
But… How often should you apply it? Well, that’s the thing. If you apply it on a daily basis, the drying effect of the formula will end up drying your skin as well, and you might encounter fissures and cracks, or feel itchiness or irritation.
Soap – Sanitizer
That is why, as mentioned over here https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/show-me-the-science-hand-sanitizer.html, it is actually recommended to only use sanitizer when water and soap are not available for you at the moment.
You see, people might believe that alcohol inside the formula of sanitizer is much more effective at dealing with bacteria and virus than simple soap, but in truth, is it quite the opposite.
Soap is not only safer to use, but get rids from virus and bacteria in a more practical way: it removes it from your skin, preventing it from infecting you. Alcohol, on the other hand, dissables the virus and bacteria, yet they still remain glued to your skin. And alcohol is not a 100% effective, although the chances are low, there’s a small risk of still catchin the virus because of that.
So it is always better to just use soap and water, that way, you will deal with the virus with more efficiency, and you won’t harm your skin along the way.
The Rubbing Method
Now, to end this article, let’s also mention the proper way of using both soap and sanitizer. You should aim to rub the product in all areas of your hand, that includes the palm and back of your hand, between your fingers, your knuckles, fingertips, back of the nails and below the nails, the side of the fingers, and the wrist. This greatly reduces your chances of catching the virus, and as long as you protect the other rules such as social distancin and quarantine, and try to not touch yourself and public spaces too much, you’ll be fine.