5 of the best luxury hand sanitisers that won’t dry your skin out

Hands dried from all the sanitising? Show them some TLC by swapping your supermarket-sani with one of these luxuriously hydrating ones.  

Hand sanitisers have quickly become one of the most in-demand beauty products since the outbreak of the new coronavirus, COVID-19.

Although experts recommend washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the most effective way to protect yourself from the virus, there’s no escaping the fact that we have all become a little obsessed with using sanitiser.

But there are two problems with the ones you’ll find in supermarkets and pharmacies.

Firstly, actually finding one is pretty damn rare.

Secondly, a few days into sterilising your hands with a regular sanitiser and you’ll notice it’s dried your skin out and irritated your cuticles. Not a good look.

Luckily, various beauty brands jumped on the hand sanitiser bandwagon when they realised there was a demand for them in the Aussie household and more importantly, for frontline workers.

So, we’ve rounded up the best ones that are still in stock and won’t dry your hands out.

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What: Glasshouse Fragrances Lost in Amalfi Hand Sanitiser ($29.95 at Glasshouse Fragrances)

Alcohol content: 65 per cent

Why: The brand that’s famous for their divine candles dove into the sanitiser realm to support Australia’s local communities and frontliners. They carefully formulated this vegan-friendly sanitiser all without parabens, silicone and dirty chemicals, and instead with a touch of luxury with notes of sea mist, lavender, freesia and lime. And to help combat those poor, dehydrated hands of yours, they’ve added aloe vera extract to nourish your skin and counter the drying effect of alcohol.

What: Sensori + Hydra Detox 30mL ($15 at Sensory Plus)

Alcohol content: 75 per cent

Why: The ethos behind Sensori+ is to combine the benefits of nature with science, and that’s exactly what this natural and plant derived sanitiser delivers. It’s formulated with 75 per cent sugar cane distilled alcohol, which is the alcohol concentration that meets the ranger recommended by the World Health Organisation. It also features the brand’s famous ChlorosPURE detoxifying technology, to detoxify your skin and remove pollutants. Plus, because it’s a spay formula, one 30ml bottle will last you 240 sprays. Money’s worth.

What: Jojoba Hand Sanitiser (FREE with every order over $19.95 at The jojoba Company)

Alcohol content: 70 per cent

Why: This vegan natural hand sanitiser is made with 70 per cent alcohol and pure essential oils to eliminate germs. Of course it contains jojoba, which helps to condition and hydrate the hands at the same time. The company is currently giving away this hand sanitiser for free for those that spend over $19.95 online, but really, it’s hard not to stock up on jojoba products and their pure Australian Jojoba ($19.95) is the multi-use product we swear by.

What: Sukin Antibacterial Hand Sanitiser Spray ($9.95 at Sukin Naturals)

Alcohol content: 70 per cent

Why: What we love about this is the way it leaves our hands feeling (and smelling) afterwards. It’s made with antioxidant-rich green tea and aloe vera to nourish the skin, and a hit of mint for a refreshing scent. The alcohol is even derived from natural sources such as wheat, sugarcane and sorghum, which translates to extra nourishment for the skin without compromising its effectiveness. And the rave reviews on this product speak for itself.

What: Maison 21G ‘2.1’ Range (from $16 at Maison 21G)

Alcohol content: 75 per cent

Why: You know it’s going to be luxurious when it’s crafted by a bespoke Parisian perfumery house. The range, labelled ‘2.1’, has been made with the most expensive ingredients in perfumery, and includes four different scented sanitiser combinations: Basil & Lavandin 100% Natural ($22), Vetiver & Lavandin 100% Natural ($22), Orris & Vanilla ($16), and Sage & Lavender ($16). It’s basically your new perfume but with an added benefit, no?

More essential coronavirus reading:

Read up on what the government lockdown means for you, understand why Aussie doctors are up arms, be aware of the ‘hidden symptom’ of COVID-19 carriers, prepare yourself for the long-term mental health effects of the pandemic, get your sweat on at home with these free online workouts before reviving your over-washed hands with this DIY balm, and then console yourself with these unexpected joys.