With so many choices available, how do you decide which hand gel will protect you most effectively? Here are some tips to help you identify a good quality anti-bacterial alcohol hand gel:
A good quality hand gel should be clear and translucent. Cloudiness, due to impurities, can indicate that cheap raw materials, of insufficient quality, were used in the production process.
A good quality hand gel should have a light, pure scent. An unpleasant or strong-smelling odour can also suggest the presence of poor-quality ingredients.
A good quality hand gel should leave your skin feeling fresh and hydrated, without any sticky residue.
A good quality hand gel should contain at least 75% alcohol. Avoid denatured or industrial alcohol which contains impurities and has an unpleasant odour, and alcohol containing methanol which is harmful to humans. Ideally choose a plant-based alcohol which is brewed from sugarcane or grains.
A good quality hand gel should contain a good quality carbomer (thickening and moisturising agent) such as Lubrizol, rather than a cheaper carbomer which is likely to have used carcinogenic benzene in its manufacturing process.
A good quality hand gel should use distilled water, rather than filtered water, which is kind on your skin and easily absorbed.
A good quality hand gel should be tested by an authoritative third-party organisation recognised by the European Union, and should comply with the following industry standards: