Alcohol sanitizer is leaving my skin dry and cracked… What can I do?
COVID-19 has brought awareness of personal hygiene and cleanliness to a new level. It is hard to compare sanitizers like traditional soap, alcohol, and BZK and to understand each one’s benefits versus its costs. One thing is certain, though. Nearly everyone is constantly aware of their hands’ exposure to germs, especially when we are out in public. We all want to be sure we are getting rid of nasty germs and bacteria. Luckily for us, the CDC, WHO, Mayo Clinic and many others leading the fight against COVID-19 have all released detailed instructions on how to maximize our hand washing effectiveness. Unfortunately we have all discovered that constant hand washing is causing another, less-noticeable epidemic: cracked, painful, dry hands.
Constant application of soap and water or alcohol sanitizer to our hands has introduced has caused widespread daily hand discomfort and exacerbated it for the 10% of the US population which already suffers from hand eczema. This can lead to serious consequences.
What we don’t realize is that our uncomfortable skin may be more than just a nuisance. According to experts:
“Dry, cracked skin makes it easier for bacteria and other germs to get inside your body.” (American Academy of Dermatology Association)
Though frequent hand washing is necessary, it seems that ironically it may still leave us vulnerable to contagions. However, we cannot stop protecting ourselves from dangerous microbes. Is there a solution to this inherent conflict?
A study conducted by Brigham Young University found that BZK (benzalkonium chloride), an organic salt compound, is equally as effective as alcohol sanitizers in killing 99.99% of the COVID-19 virus within 15 seconds. Those who are concerned for their health can avoid the common burning sensation we feel from applying alcohol to the skin by replacing alcohol sanitizers with BZK, making the solution obvious.
For more information, please visit https://news.byu.edu/byu-study-alcohol-free-hand-sanitizer-just-as-effective-against-covid-19-virus-as-alcohol-based-versions .
Another way to keep your hands soft and supple after hand washing is by applying aloe vera. There are many reasons humans have cultivated Aloe for hundreds of years. Aloe vera seems to be a super-plant which has incredible benefits.
Aloe’s natural cooling and moisturizing properties provide a fantastic way to refresh your hands throughout the day. Aloe vera’s quick healing properties may even assist in faster recovery for lesions and burns. Plus, aloe vera is packed with vitamin C and E. Many swear by its abilities to keep skin youthful and to prevent aging lines. When teamed up, BZK and aloe vera harmonize to keep hands sanitized throughout the day while still ensuring the health and vitality of your skin.
Germ-Away® Hand Sanitizing Wipes combine both of these powerful properties with utmost convenience. They are the perfect quick solution to keep you sanitized at work, on-the-go, or at home.
The benefits of BZK are endless. Not only will its powerful sanitizing ability give you the peace of mind you need, but the aloe vera will keep you happy and moisturized all day without worrying about dry-cracked hands. Fresh and Lemon scents will have your squeaky clean clams coming back for more .
Available in a variety of packaging sizes and forms for peace of mind in any situation.
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