What sort of things should you look for when choosing an alcohol antibacterial hand gel brand? Since COVID-19 hit the UK, the range of products available has grown tremendously – giving consumers more choice.
But this isn’t necessarily a good thing. Telling an inferior product apart from a good one is now harder because there are so many hand sanitiser gels available.
Would you know what to look for when browsing online or in a shop?
In this short guide, we’ll tell you what to look for, so that you can make a safer decision.
1. Does your alcohol gel moisturise?
A cheap sanitiser will contain antibacterial gel, but it may not contain enough emollient. Either that or the formula won’t be properly blended. The result will be dry sore hands that might deter you from using the gel – putting you at greater risk.
Look for an alcohol hand gel sanitiser with antibacterial properties, but make sure the brand meets a recognised standard like EN1500. That way, you can be sure it’s of high quality.
2. What does your hand sanitiser gel look like?
Before taking the product off the shelf, take a long look at it. Is the alcohol antibacterial hand gel completely clear? If it’s a top brand, the liquid within should be translucent and show no sign of impurities. If it’s cloudy, avoid it at all costs.
3. Is the scent pleasant or hard to tolerate?
A high-quality gel will smell pleasant. Not necessarily perfumed, but light in odour and inoffensive. Although this can be hard to test in a shop, you could try placing the gel close to your nose. If the aroma is unpleasant or too strong, poor quality ingredients were probably used during the production process.
4. Alcohol is the most important ingredient
Take your gel off the shelf and inspect the list of ingredients on the back. How much alcohol is included in your antibacterial hand gel? It should contain at least 75% if it’s a high-quality brand.
Likewise, if the alcohol contains methanol, this should act as a red flag – as this chemical is harmful to people and should be avoided. Put the product back and find a better brand with purer alcohol levels.
5. Is there enough water in your alcohol gel hand wash?
Earlier, we touched on how inferior gel brands have penetrated the market. We also talked about how they can make hands dry and sore – because they don’t contain enough emollient or have been poorly mixed during production.
Water also plays an important role when it comes to protecting skin during the gel application process. A good brand will use distilled – as opposed to filtered – water, as it’s much easier to absorb and doesn’t cause unwanted side effects.
6. Has your hand gel been tested and verified?
A high-quality hand gel will have undergone exhaustive tests and comply with a number of recognised industry standards. You should disregard any product that hasn’t been fully tested and approved by a third-party organisation.
Look out for gels that:
- Meet standards EN1276 and EN1500
- Have been alcohol content tested
- Are free of heavy metals or benzene
- Contain zero methanol
These guidelines aren’t limitless but will help you find an alcohol antibacterial hand gel that stands out from some of the poor quality brands currently found on the market.