Antibacterial gel has become part of our basic basket and that is why it is very important that we know how to choose one that, in addition to protecting ourselves from viruses such as Covid-19, also takes care of the health of our skin.
Therefore, we share what ingredients you should look for to buy a good antibacterial gel that really works:
It must have a minimum of 60% alcohol
It can be 60% ethyl alcohol or 70 percent isopropyl alcohol. Disinfectants with an alcohol concentration between 60 and 95% are more effective at killing germs. In the case that the gel has less than that percentage, the product may not work well against some types of bacteria, or only reduce growth and not kill them.
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The constant use of antibacterials can dry out the skin on your hands, we suggest you use one that contains glycerin within its formulation, is free of fragrances and that you buy in the formal market. It is very important that you check that your antibacterial gel does NOT contain methanol or 1-propanol, they are active that can cause irritation, vertigo, headaches and nausea.
¿Spray, gel o aerosol?
The aerosol and spray dry almost instantly, while with the gel you should wait 20-30 seconds for it to evaporate to avoid sticky residue. And you should NOT wipe it with paper towels (or on your pants). The truth is that they all work, but our favorite is the spray.
The antibacterial gel is NOT a substitute for hand washing, it is recommended only when you have no way to wash, and you must put it on all hands and distribute it up to the wrists and in the middle of the fingers.
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This note was originally published in revistamoi.com