Editor’s Picks: 13 of the Best Hand Sanitizers That Won’t Dry Out Your Skin

For clean hands on the go.
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Hand sanitizer has long been a staple in most of our handbags—and these days, it's more essential than ever. While washing thoroughly with soap and water will always be our best defense against germs, bacteria and viruses, a portable sanitizing spray or gel is key whenever you can't get to a sink.

But that doesn't mean you need to settle for a sanitizer that dries out your skin. In addition to a minimum 60% alcohol (which will ensure that the formula is effective), you should also look for added moisturizing ingredients (such as squalane, glycerin and aloe vera) to counteract any drying effects.

Keep scrolling to discover the best hand sanitizers for your skin.


The Best Hand Sanitizers of 2021


Megababe Squeaky Clean Hand Sanitizer

Megababe Squeaky Clean Hand Sanitizer

Megababe Squeaky Clean Hand Sanitizer

  • Details: Megababe Squeaky Clean Hand Sanitizer is a gel formula that kills 99.9% of germs. Sweet almond and marula oils ensure that it doesn't dry out your hands, and an array of essential oils give it a light, citrusy scent.
  • Active ingredient: 62% ethyl alcohol.
  • Other ingredients: Aloe, sweet almond oil, marula oil.

Biossance Squalane Hand Sanitizer

Biossance Squalane Hand Sanitizer

Biossance Squalane Hand Sanitizer

  • Details: Biossance Squalane Hand Sanitizer has a silky gel-cream texture, thanks to the brand's signature squalane oil. But despite being so hydrating, it still kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria on contact. It's also unscented, with no added fragrance or essential oils.
  • Active ingredient: 70% ethyl alcohol.
  • Other ingredients: Squalane, glycerin.

Jao Refresher

Jao Refresher

Jao Refresher

  • Details: Jao Refresher is a 98.5% natural disinfectant and aromatherapy booster in one. Lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, geranium and sage essential oils not only impart a fresh herbal scent, but also have antiseptic properties. Bonus: You can use this spray as a deodorant, aftershave or zit zapper, too.
  • Active ingredient: 65% ethyl alcohol.
  • Other ingredients: Aloe, glycerin, provitamin B5 (panthenol), chamomile extract, calendula extract.

Grown Alchemist Hydra-Gel Hand Sanitiser

Grown Alchemist Hydra-Gel Hand Sanitiser

Grown Alchemist Hydra-Gel Hand Sanitiser

  • Details: Grown Alchemist Hydra-Gel Hand Sanitiser offers moisturizing and anti-aging benefits in addition to germ-killing. This gel is infused with plant oils, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid for a complete hand treatment. It's also naturally scented with sweet orange, cedarwood and clary sage.
  • Active ingredient: 70% ethyl alcohol.
  • Other ingredients: Glycerin, hyaluronic acid, sweet almond oil, coconut oil.

Susanne Kaufmann Hand Spray Purif-i Sanitizing

Susanne Kaufmann Hand Spray Purif-i Sanitizing

Susanne Kaufmann Hand Spray Purif-i Sanitizing

  • Details: Susanne Kaufmann Hand Spray Purif-i Sanitizing disinfects while it treats dryness and inflammation, using a cocktail of hydrators and skin-soothers. Unlike most sanitizing sprays, it contains no water, so you're getting a much higher concentration of humectants. Silk proteins also form a veil on your skin to lock in the moisture longer.
  • Active ingredient: 62% alcohol denat.
  • Other ingredients: Glycerin, provitamin B5 (panthenol), arnica extract, zinc PCA, hydrolyzed silk.

Touchland Power Mist Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer

Touchland Power Mist Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer

Touchland Power Mist Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer

  • Details: Touchland Power Mist Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer dubs itself as "the hand sanitizer for people who hate hand sanitizer." As such, it sprays on to kill 99.9% of germs while lightly hydrating without any stickiness. In addition to this fragrance-free version, it is available in four essential oil blends, and each bottle is good for 600 spritzes.
  • Active ingredient: 67% ethyl alcohol. 
  • Other ingredients: Aloe, radish root ferment filtrate.

R+Co Palm Reader Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer

R Co Palm Reader Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer

R+Co Palm Reader Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer

  • Details: R+Co Palm Reader Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer is a fragrance-free gel that eliminates germs in seconds. Even still, it is surprisingly hydrating, thanks to water-attracting humectants and softening vitamin E. 
  • Active ingredient: 69% ethyl alcohol.
  • Other ingredients: Aloe, glycerin, propanediol, vitamin E.

NCLA Beauty Hands Clean Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer

NCLA Beauty Hands Clean Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer

NCLA Beauty Hands Clean Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer

  • Details: NCLA Beauty Hands Clean Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer is a lightweight gel that eliminates 99.9% of germs. It comes in three essential oil-derived scents, as well as an unscented version—all of which are fast-absorbing and non-sticky.
  • Active ingredient: 65% ethyl alcohol.
  • Other ingredients: Glycerin, aloe vera, vitamin E.

AG Hair Hands Free Clean Hand Sanitizer Spray

AG Hair Hands Free Clean Hand Sanitizer Spray

AG Hair Hands Free Clean Hand Sanitizer Spray

  • Details: AG Hair Hands Free Clean Hand Sanitizer Spray kills 99.9% of germs with its high concentration of alcohol, while also lightly hydrating your hands. This spray is 98% natural, and has a refreshing lemongrass scent.
  • Active ingredient: 73% alcohol. 
  • Other ingredients: Glycerin, propanediol, aloe, vitamin E.

Pipette Hand Sanitizer

Pipette Hand Sanitizer

Pipette Hand Sanitizer

  • Details: Pipette Hand Sanitizer is a hardworking gel formula that helps to eliminate 99% of many germs and bacteria. It's fragrance-free, non-sticky and infused with my favourite sugarcane-derived squalane oil to keep your hands soft and hydrated.
  • Active ingredient: 65% ethyl alcohol.
  • Other ingredients: Squalane, glycerin.

Prima Clean Hands Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer Spray

Prima Clean Hands Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer Spray

Prima Clean Hands Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer Spray

  • Details: Prima Clean Hands Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer Spray destroys 99% of common household germs as it fortifies your skin barrier with an array of nourishing ingredients. They include ceramides, emollients and a soothing CBD extract. This spray is also scented with natural lavender and peppermint.
  • Active ingredient: 62% ethyl alcohol.
  • Other ingredients: Aloe, castor seed oil, olive oil, urea, ceramides, sodium PCA, hemp CBD, quinoa extract.

Noshinko All Natural Hydrating Hand Sanitizer

Noshinko All Natural Hydrating Hand Sanitizer

Noshinko All Natural Hydrating Hand Sanitizer

  • Details: Noshinko All Natural Hydrating Hand Sanitizer balances a high percentage of alcohol (which kills 99.9% of germs) with a bounty of skin-friendly oils and humectants. Choose from three naturally-derived scent blends, each in a chic, pocket-sized spray bottle.
  • Active ingredient: 70% ethyl alcohol.
  • Other ingredients: Aloe, glycerin, provitamin B5 (panthenol), allantoin, coconut oil, jojoba oil, argan oil, rose hip oil.

Moly Aloe Chok Chok Hand Gel

TonyMoly Aloe Chok Chok Hand Gel

TonyMoly Aloe Chok Chok Hand Gel

  • Details: TonyMoly Aloe Chok Chok Hand Gel is a K-beauty option that kills 99.9% of germs. Even though it is very affordable, this gel helps to bind moisture, and doesn't leave behind any sticky residue.
  • Active ingredient: 62% alcohol denat.
  • Other ingredients: Glycerin, trehalose, witch hazel, aloe.

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