How to Make Hand Sanitizers Less Drying

Posted by Rebekah Smith on 01/05/2021

Increased use of hand sanitizer and cold, dry weather pose a double danger of dry, cracked skin this winter.

Consumers can’t do anything about the weather, but they can minimize the drying effects of hand sanitizer by choosing products with moisturizing ingredients.

Of course, that doesn’t mean compromising on the main ingredient – alcohol. To be effective against viruses and germs a hand sanitizer must contain a minimum of 60% ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol. The additional ingredients, however, can help mitigate the drying effect of the alcohol.

Adding humectants, emollients or specialty silicones to your formulations will help your brand deliver what consumers are looking for and differentiate you in the market.

The LLS Beauty team formulates with Glucam™ humectants and Hydramol™ esters, along with Silsense® specialty silicones. The benefits of each include:

Glucam™ E-20 humectant– A naturally derived humectant that delivers a light satin-like sensory. It provides mildness and helps hydrate the skin, leaving it supple and pleasant to the touch.

Hydramol™ PGPL ester – An emollient that is soluble in water and oil. It exhibits excellent clarity, mildness, and delivers a light and refreshing sensory.

Silsense® Copolyol-1 silicone – A 100% active, dimethicone copolyol blend that imparts the conditioning benefits of silicone to personal care products without contributing to the greasiness or buildup normally associated with water-insoluble silicone fluids.

To learn more about the formulations that make hand sanitizers more skin-friendly in cold weather, contact us today. 
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