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Alcohol Based Hand Sanitizers: How Much Is Too Much?

Alcohol works, but comes with baggage…

You probably all now have a bottle of hand sanitizer, or twenty, you carry around with you wherever you go, because probably the media (especially the highly reliable, and highly vetted social media platforms we zombie on a minutely basis) convinced you that it’s your best friend during the pandemic. What if we told you that not all you know about hand sanitizers is accurate?

Let’s start by saying that hand sanitizers work, they do indeed kill 99.9% of germs, this is not just a marketing stunt. In fact, in most developed countries, any product label has to go through an approval process before going on the shelves, so this article is not about discrediting certain types of hand sanitizers, more about educating the average user, especially the ones who don’t carry around a microscope to read all the declaimers (disclaimers) and asterisks printed on the back of a bottle with a font size of 1.5, before buying.

Now of course, with constant alcohol hand rubbing comes dry, cracked and irritated skin, this is normal since alcohol evaporates fast, and with it, dehydrates your skin. If your skin doesn’t end up dry, you need to worry about the quality of the hand sanitizer you’re using. Cracked skin of course gives access to the next microbe to easily penetrate your skin and wander around looking for a nice cell to occupy.

Another problem you may face with alcohol hand sanitizer is their toxicity levels, this is not something we feel we need to linger on when talking about 70% alcohol hand sanitizers, so make sure you keep them out of reach of your kids!


Washing your hands is always better

It has been scientifically proven, time and again, that washing your hands, with water and soap, is better than squirting alcohol on your hands, then again, access to water and soap is not always available, and washing hands, as basic as it sounds, is not that straight forward. We all came across articles from the World Health Organization teaching us how to wash our hands, 20 to 30 seconds, or singing “happy birthday” and “twinkle twinkle little star” but when was the last time you washed your hands for more than 10 seconds? So, sit with your 4-year-old kid, brush up on your nursery rhymes because looks like you’re going to need it to survive the pandemic!


But there’s an alternative!

Allow us now to introduce our alternative; Siqura is not only an alcohol-free hand sanitizer, but also one which is food safe, kids and pets safe, and eco-friendly. Based on a reengineered benzalkonium chloride formula (which is approved by the FDA as an alternative for alcohol) which provides a 24-hour germ protection from a single application. You read right! 24 hours from a single application. Tested and certified by the Dubai Central Lab (Dubai Municipality’s official lab) for a full day, providing a reduction percentage of 99.999% after 23 hours. Siqura hand sanitizer is also Dubai Municipality registered, ESMA approved and tested and certified by multiple labs worldwide.

Siqura hand sanitizer works by creating a layer of positively charged microscopic pins that bonds with your skin and won’t be washed away, at least for up to 10 washes. The pins would attract germs, pierce them and jolts them with a tiny electrical charge killing them instantaneously.

Siqura is manufactured by the Australia based company Fresche Bioscience and can be found on Nano Level’s online store.

There’s no harm in becoming a germaphobe, we all had to get there at some point, but if we want to be one, we might as well use the right products that won’t backfire on us by leaving our hands itchy and irritated…

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