9 Hand Sanitizers That Are Good For Your Skin

When you think of hand sanitizers, we're willing to bet your mind immediately jumps to something that's either clinical (found in a doctor's office) or sickly-sweet (found dangling off your middle school backpack). The clear gels are often drying, sticky, and smell like rubbing alcohol — but they're also a no-brainer during cold and flu season, which, FYI, is now.

While washing your hands with soap and water is always the preferred method of cleansing (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention even calls it the "do-it-yourself" vaccine because of how drastically it protects against illness), we don't always have access to a sink. That's where hand sanitizer swoops in to save the day — and thankfully there are a crop of innovative new formulas that kill germs without sacrificing the texture and feel of your hands. In the past few weeks, we've tried our fair share of alcohol-based hand sanitizers to find the ones that not only smell great but disinfect effectively — and even moisturize, to boot. Curious? Check 'em out in the following slides.
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This 95% natural hand sanitizer purifies hands without drying them out — thanks to glycerin, vitamin E, chamomile, and aloe vera in the formula.
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From the makers of your favorite gentle face soap comes a hand sanitizer spray that you can throw in your purse for less than five bucks. It smells like lavender and dries quickly, which makes it great for on-the-go spritzing.
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Not only is this fresh smelling hand sanitizer effective, but it's also beautiful. Who wouldn't want to whip it out of their purse during a long ride on the subway?
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This spray's refreshing herbal scent had us from the get-go. One spritz of the product's witch-hazel-and-organic oil-infused formula covers both your hands without leaving them sticky or dry.

Neal's Yard Organic Defense Hand Spray, $10.50, available at NYR Organic. (Ed. Note: This product is currently sold out. We have reached out to Neal's Yard to inquire when the product will be back in stock and will update the story when we hear back.)
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Packed with organic ethanol to disinfect and jojoba oil to moisturize, this gel doesn't feel the least bit drying on the skin. Bonus: the orange and lemon peel oils in the formula make for an incredibly invigorating scent.
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Quite possibly the most versatile hand sanitizer we've ever tried, you can use it as a spot treatment, aftershave, or even as a quick underarm refresher. In a pinch, we've used this on a budding pimple and can attest to its zit-zapping abilities.
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If you're still partial to sweet-smelling hand sanitizers, go for this one from Barr-Co. It smells like cookies, but doesn't feel sticky like many sanitizers do. Plus, it's the perfect size to stuff in a purse or makeup bag.
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