For over a year now, the COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on a global scale. While aggressive vaccination drives bring much-needed relief, the war is far from over. With new and possibly more dangerous variants like the infamous Delta variant becoming the predominant infective strain, it is no time to put down your guard.
With no certain end of the pandemic insight, prevention is the only way to safeguard yourself against the disease. As per the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health, Government of India, masking up properly and frequently disinfecting your hands with soap and water or good quality alcohol-based sanitizers is the way to ramp up your guards.
In just the first month of this monstrous period (in March 2020), sanitizer sales in India increased to 43 Crores from a yearly market share of 10 Crores. The pandemic may have brought bad news in bulk, but for Hand sanitizer manufacturers in India, it was a fantastic business opportunity. This massive spike in the numbers shows how much people depend on effective sanitizers during these unprecedented times.
These almost magical, lifesaving little bottles have become an indispensable part of people’s lives. You will find them in every person’s handbag, in every house’s entrance foyer, at offices, malls, schools; basically, everywhere that humans stay for more than a few hours!
“Do sanitizers kill germs?”
“Do they work against the Delta variant of the virus?”
“How long should I apply?”
These are some of the most common questions people have about using hand sanitizers. Read on to find out answers to them all.
Do Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers Kill Viruses and Germs?
Short answer, no. But hand sanitizers do reduce the microbial load (the number of bacteria, viruses, yeast, etc.) from your skin. To understand this better, let’s first understand the basic structure of germs.
Most of the common bacteria and viruses that cause infectious diseases in humans, including members of the Coronaviridae family that cause COVID-19, are made of a proteinaceous outer coating called the capsid. There are specific markers called spike proteins on the outer layer of the coronaviruses that help them attach to host (humans) cells.
The alcohol in hand sanitizers damages the outer coating in microbes, leaving them incapable of attaching to host cells, thereby protecting you against infectious agents. But it is vital to apply the sanitizer for the recommended time to neutralize many microbes and be effective as a preventative measure.
What are the Components of Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers?
The primary ingredient is, of course, alcohol. Because of its antimicrobial properties, alcohol has been the choice of sanitary chemical for ages. Most modern-day sanitizers contain two components – alcohol and a medium to deliver the alcohol onto the skin.
Rubbing alcohol (70% ethyl alcohol) is much more effective in reducing microbial loads than 100% alcohol. Hand sanitizers contain a 60% or more concentration of ethyl or isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide (another potent disinfectant), glycerol (as a delivery medium), and distilled water. Some sanitizers may contain thickening agents to make gel-based sanitizers and add aloe vera or glycerin for moisturisation and fragrance.
It only takes a few seconds for any good sanitizer with a 60% and higher alcohol concentration to start its action. Still, most available sanitizers start wearing off after 30 minutes, after which you need to reapply.
But What About the Side-Effects of Alcohol-Based Sanitizers?
Even though sanitizers are one of the most effective ways to control the spread of infectious diseases (COVID and others), much like any other chemical-based product, overuse of sanitizers has many long-term side effects.
Some of the most common problems you may face if you use a strong alcoholic sanitizer for a long time include:
- Dry and itchy hands.
- Alcohol burns.
- Rough and lifeless skin.
- Other severe skin conditions.
So, should you avoid using them?
Well, certainly not. Unless you are severely allergic to any ingredients (way more than basic itching), you must diligently follow every COVID-19 safety protocol. Fortunately, in this situation, most people do not face issues because of the sanitizer itself. The problem is how many times they are using it.
The one true solution to all your sanitizer issues is the Just Human Hand Sanitizer, India’s only skin-friendly, 24-hour protection hand sanitizer.
Just Human sanitizers are made using the latest groundbreaking American technology that uses nanoparticles to coat your skin with an impermeable bionic film. The bionic shield stays on for up to 24 hours even after washing your hands, giving you 99% germ protection all day long!
For all other sanitizers available in the market, the effect starts wearing off after about 30 minutes of application, making you reapply multiple times in a day. With this 24-hour protection sanitizer, you apply it just once, and you are good for the day.
How Does Just Human Sanitizers Give 24-Hour Germ Protection?
The Just Human hand sanitizer is a one-of-its-kind product that uses revolutionary American technology and the highest quality standards. It is the result of extensive research in nanoparticles and works by creating a bionic nanoparticle shield when it comes in contact with your skin. The combination of 70% ethyl alcohol and a patented smart molecule forms a germ shield that lasts up to 24 hours and gives 99% virus protection just after one use.
- It is 100% child-safe and environment friendly with no triclosan, phenoxyethanol.
- It uses skin-friendly ingredients like deionized water and moisturizers.
- It stays intact even after casual handwashing all through the day.
- It goes through multiple rounds of lab tests for certified performance.
- These are available in different sizes like Just Human Hand sanitizer 5 litre packs, 10 ml travel pack, and everything in between.
In this fight against COVID-19, precaution and timely vaccination are the biggest weapons. Hand sanitizers are incredibly effective as preventative measures. However, frequent use of alcohol-based sanitizers has long-term side effects like dry, scaly skin, allergic reactions, etc.
So, hand sanitizers are what they call a necessary evil. The revolutionary 24-hour protection Just Human hand sanitizer gives 99% protection against disease-causing microbes and is the saving grace.
Choose Just Human and let your hands feel human again!