With more than 10 million COVID-19 cases in the United States—and the rates still on the rise in 43 states—using hand sanitizer (as well as staying home, social distancing, and wearing a mask!) is crucial in keeping yourself and others safe. Germ experts say they can be really effective at killing germs when you can't wash your hands right away, but they certainly aren't gentle on your skin. That's why Dove's new Beauty Deep Moisture Moisturizing & Hand Sanitizer ($5) couldn't have come at a better time. It comes in a variety of scents, including Lavender.
Shop now: Dove Beauty Deep Moisture Moisturizing & Hand Sanitizer, $5
- Gretchen Frieling, MD, Boston-based dermatopathologist and founder of GFaceMD
The newly-launched moisturizing hand sanitizer contains the virus-fighting qualities of typical hand sanitizers as it's 99.99 percent effective against germs and bacteria. It's also clinically proven to moisturize your skin for up to eight hours after application.
"The problem with some hand sanitizers is that the amount of rubbing alcohol in the hand sanitizers is about 70 percent," says Gretchen Frieling, MD, a dermatopathologist in the Boston area. "That’s what makes the product so effective. However, it's the alcohol that dries out the skin. The remedy to this is a product such as what Dove has developed. It has added a moisturizing blend that doesn't compromise the efficacy of the sanitizing components, which meets both FDA and CDC recommendations for alcohol levels."
So there you have it: A moisturizing hand sanitizer that might just leave your skin softer than before you used it.
Learn about how to further protect yourself beyond hand sanitizer:
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