The Ultimate Guide to Hand Sanitizers


Cold and flu season is upon us and arming ourselves with hand sanitizer is practically an all-day requirement. But that doesn’t mean dry skin has to be part of the germ-free equation. These sanitizers work double-duty to help defend against all those nasty germs while imparting a few beauty benefits along the way.

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For Anti-Aging
Routinely sanitizing hands throughout the day can have a serious drying effect, which can lead to reduced moisture levels and exacerbate signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles. These multitasking formulas are enriched with ingredients that work to fight germs and the signs of aging all at once.

Pharmagel Hand Therapè Moisturizer & Sanitizer
This lotion-meets-sanitizer kills 99.9 percent of germs while skin-perfecting superstar Retinol-A works to stimulate collagen, shea butter delivers a serious does of hydration and a team of antioxidants help fight free radicals, for softer, younger-looking skin. $30, pharmagel.net

Renouve Anti-Aging Hand Sanitizer
This age-reversing sanitizer keeps hands germ-free with orange peel extract while collagen-stimulating peptides, vitamin E and aloe vera work to reverse the signs of time and keep hands looking soft and youthful. $29, renouve.com

Jurlique Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer
Australian Bush mint in this all-natural formula helps kill 99 percent of germs while a unique proprietary blend infused with antioxidants like safflower oleosomes help moisturize, smooth and protect hands after they have been disinfected. $15, jurlique.com

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For the Purist
Anyone who is looking for a more natural way to keep hands clean, yet soft and moisturized will appreciate these chemical-free formulas that rely strictly on botanical, skin-soothing ingredients to simultaneously disinfect and moisturize skin.

Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lavender Hand Sanitizing Spray
Hands stay naturally disinfected with this fresh-smelling sanitizing spray, which is also formulated with organic glycerin and soothing organic lavender oil for smoother, softer skin. $4, drbronner.com

Tammy Fender The Purist
Harnessing the combined antibacterial power of 11 botanical germ-fighters in one all-natural formula, this sanitizer works to eliminate germs without drying the skin while imparting a fresh, clean scent. $14, tammyfender.com

Burt’s Bees Aloe & Witch Hazel Hand Sanitizer
From the brand known for its all-natural lip-care formulas comes a 100 percent natural sanitizing formula that eliminates 99.9 percent of germs while star ingredients aloe vera and witch hazel help hydrate, smooth and soften skin. $5, burtsbees.com

Honest Hand Sanitizer
This clean and refreshing (much like its packaging) all-natural gel formula is free of harsh chemicals (like all of the brand’s products) and it is enriched with skin-saving botanicals like aloe vera and vitamin E to keep skin soft and smooth. $7, honest.com
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For Moms + Dads
These ultrasafe, chemical-free formulas were designed with little ones in mind, but the ingredients offer some serious skin-soothing benefits for parents, too.

Grandma Minnie’s Kid Gloves Monolaurin Moisturizing Anti-Micro-Bug hand Gel
Paraben-, preservative- and phthalate-free, this kid-friendly sanitizer boasts coconut-derived monolaurin to fight germs and soothe skin, as well as green tea, which imparts restorative, antioxidants benefits. $18, vmvhypoallergenics.com

MacLaren Baby Beginnings Hand Sanitizer
From the brand known for it’s high-end strollers (the BMW Buggy for one), MacLaren’s line of bath and body products, Beginning, includes a gentle hand sanitizer that eliminates germs while softening skin and leaving behind the soothing scent of lavender. $5, shopmaclarenbaby.com

BabyGanics The Germinator Alcohol Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer
From the brand developed by two dads devoted to creating healthy, safe personal-care products, this alcohol-free foaming hand sanitizer helps destroy germs and bacteria on your hands with a moisturizing formula that won’t dry out your skin. $6, target.com
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For the Girl on the Go
Small enough to drop into your purse or stash in your desk drawer at the office, these natural formulas pack a one-two punch—in portable packages—to help fight germs and keep skin healthy and hydrated wherever you are.

Jao Refresher
The brand calls this product “your portable sink” for a reason. It can instantly disinfect hands when you’re on the go using a unique blend of chamomile, calendula, lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, geranium and sage oils as well as emollients to counteract any drying effects. $10, jaoltd.com

L’Occitane Lavender Organic Purifying Hand Gel
A perfect desktop accessory, this organic sanitizing solution helps cleanse and purify hands with a soothing gel formula that leaves your skin feeling silky and smooth. $8, usa.loccitane.com

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For Fuss-Free Travel
For liquid-free travel, these towelette-based sanitizers offer the ultimate in cleansing and protection against germs with added skin-nourishing benefits, too.

Giovanni Eco Chic Sanitizing Towelettes
Available in recharging Peppermint Surge, relaxing Lavender Calm or refreshing Grapefruit Splash, these lightweight towelettes are doused in organic essential oils that work together to disinfect and soften your skin. $12, giovannicosmetics.com

LA Fresh Travel Lite Antibacterial Wipes
Carry-on friendly wipes (translation: no spills or leaks in your luggage) these antibacterial wipes help keep things germ-free no matter where you are. Alcohol free and biodegradable, they kill 99.9 percent of germs while imparting skin-soothing aloe and vitamin E. $2.50 for eight wipes, lafreshgroup.com

Yes to Baby Carrots Face + Nose Wipes
It may sound like these are just for little runny noses, but the ingredients say there’s a whole lot more to these little wipes. The gentle saline solution cleanses while moisturizing aloe vera and protective vitamin E hydrate and soften skin. And the star ingredients in these towelettes are organic carrots, which are rich in beta-carotene, a natural form of vitamin A that delivers nourishing antioxidants and leaves skin glowing and radiant. $6, yestocarrots.com

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