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PSA: Aloe Hand Sanitizers That Won't Leave You With Mummy Hands Exist

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Remember back in middle school when fruity hand sanitizer keychains were all the rage? Bet you didn’t think you’d be stashing hand sanitizer 20 years later, yet here we are. Six months ago you couldn’t barter a bottle of hand sanitizer for anything, but now the selection is intense. Yes, hand washing is still the No.1 way to keep germs from hands, but hand sanitizer is crucial when you’re out and about and don’t have access to a sink and soap.

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According to the CDC, you definitely want to stick with hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol (aka, ethanol or ethyl alcohol). Luckily, you don’t have to resort to doctor office-esque hand sanitizer to keep germs away. But still, not all hand sanitizer is created equal. There are plenty of formulas that are icky, sticky and make you smell like you filled up your favorite bottle water with vodka.

The trick is to buy hand sanitizer with aloe. Hydrating hand sanitizer with aloe not only keeps you super clean, it makes your hands soft and smooth, not desiccated like you’re Mummy Mommy. (As if preventing maskne wasn’t enough of a headache .) That’s because aloe is an antioxidant rich in vitamins A, C and E. as well as anti-inflammatory properties that keep skin from drying out.

Applying hand sanitizer is much like applying soap. Squirt a dime-size amount into your palms, and then rub hands in a circular motion—don’t just rub together like a sinister villain—distribute the hand sanitizer all over the surface of the entire hand, including between fingers and over your knuckles. Don’t forget the extra germ-y bottom of your palm where the hand meets the wrist. Keep in mind, since real aloe juice is viscous, hand sanitizer with aloe might feel slightly sticky until it’s absorbed—and then aloe hydrating superpowers kick in!

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