The best hand sanitisers to help give you clean hands (and peace of mind)

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Hand Sanitiser

by Emma Stoddart |

It comes as no surprise that sales of hand sanitisers have rocketed over the past year due to the outbreak of Coronavirus (or COVID-19). Streams of people were spotted queueing outside Boots and Superdrug in an attempt to get their hands on some anti-bac.

While the hype may have died down a bit, and every supermarket has hand sani on offer, it's still worth having your own with you at all times to stop the spread and stay bacteria-free.

We’ve scoured high and low to bring you the best hand sanitisers that are available to buy now, and they won’t cost you an arm and a leg - promise.

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We’ve also spoken to Dr Ismat, a GP at Pulse Light Clinic, to understand how effective anti-bac gels really are and whether we should be stockpiling them by the bucketload...

Do hand sanitisers work?

"Hand sanitisers are a great option for when we’re out and about without access to soap and running water," says Dr Ismat. "They contain agents (the most common being alcohol) which destroy bacteria and viruses.

"In order to kill most viruses, a hand sanitiser needs to be at least 60% alcohol content," explains Dr Ismat. Thankfully, the majority sold in the UK contain 60-95%. Just be warned that alcohol is known to be a skin irritant and very drying – especially for sensitive skins (shop one of the best hand creams here).

"You only need to use a small amount with modern hand sanitisers," advises Dr Ismat, "Using too much increases the risk of any drying/irritant effects."

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Can hand sanitiser kill coronavirus?

"Alcohol and other disinfectant agents normally have less impact on viruses than bacteria – as viruses are better at resisting these agents. That’s why a lot of TV and radio adverts boast 'kills 99% of all known bacteria.'

"Coronavirus is what’s known as an envelope virus, because it has a protein coating around it which the alcohol can attack successfully, unlike norovirus which doesn’t have this protein coating. So, the short answer = yes, antibacterial hand gel can attack coronavirus. However, the preferred option is to wash your hands."

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Should you use hand sanitiser if you’ve got dry or sensitive skin?

"For people with dry, sensitive skin or eczema – having sore, cracked skin can actually increase the chances of infections entering the skin," explains Dr Ismat. Fortunately, the majority of hand sanitisers out there contain added emollients or moisturising agents – just look out for these on the ingredients list. "Also, there are plenty of alternative sanitiser options which don’t contain alcohol, like Clinell which is formulated to be 'skin-friendly.'"

What’s better - hand sanitiser or washing your hands?

"Washing hands with soap and water remains the favoured option, and studies have confirmed that this is more effective than a dab of gel. Soap has antibacterial properties and is really effective at removing dirt and germs."

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