I see them everywhere. The vats of goopy electric green or blue sanitizers perched on desks, by cash registers, and in my doctor's office. Or the little mini bottles clipped to backpacks or purses. I get it; we want to protect ourselves on the go but are we really?
Have you ever wondered what you are slathering all over your hands every day, multiple times a day? Are your hands getting dry because it's that season or is something else contributing? Next time you reach for hand sanitizer, check the label.
First, are the ingredients listed on the back of the product? Second, do you even know what the ingredients are? Here are some ingredients to avoid:
Alcohol, there are those that cause dryness, such as ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, alcohol denat, methanol and Benzyl Alcohol, and others that are fatty and emoillant such as Cetearyl and Stearyl. If only the word "alcohol" is listed on the label, I suggest looking at another product.
Triclosan is an active ingredient in many "anti-bacterial" products and is registered with the government as a pesticide. It is a known endocrine disruptor. The endocrine system regulates all the biological processes in the body so why would we want to "disrupt" it? Oh, and it could be lurking in your toothpaste too, yes, that stuff you put in your mouth twice a day, so keep an eye out.
Methylisothiazolinone (M1) is a powerful biocide "preservative" used to kill off microorganisms, giving products a longer shelf life. This chemical may be linked to nerve damage. It's widely used in leave-on products though it's known to be sensitizing. The American Contact Dermatitis Society named M1 it's Allergan of the Year in 2013.
You can get your copy of ingredients to avoid in your personal and home care products here.
The easiest way to avoid these toxic hand sanitizers is to wash your hands with soap and water. But for those times when you can't, or you're not sure what's in your hand soap, try Pure Haven's hands on the go. It's 100% toxin-free. It is aloe based, so it also helps to nourish and hydrate your skin. With benefical organic essential oils such as lemon, tea tree, neem and clove bud, which are naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, you can safely fight germs at work, school, or the gym.
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