Discover the Difference in Babington's Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer

The Science

Our moisturizer, Chitosan (pronounced “kite-o-san”), is what makes our moisturizing sanitizer different to almost all others on the market. Our pharmaceutical grade plant-based Chitosan works by allowing your skin cells to work as nature intended. After using our sanitizer, the hands are left feeling both soft and silky smooth.

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Repeated use of alcohol on the skin not only pulls moisture out from skin cells but also weakens the protective barrier functionality that keeps moisture in. Chitosan provides its own barrier and so helps maintain moisture of the skin.

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Amongst both cheap and expensive moisturizing sanitizers currently on the market, most are formulated with aloe vera and/or glycerine to combat the harshness of alcohol. Although these ingredients provide some hydration and moisturization, their effects are generally short-term. Aloe vera (the viscous liquid extracted from the aloe barbadensis plant) and glycerine provide the feeling of moisturized and hydrated hands by pulling water from the deeper layers of the skin and/or from the air and bringing it to the outermost layer of the skin. However, that moisture is not locked in so whilst the skin may feel and look more supple, it generally only provides a temporary fix to the damage caused by the alcohol as they neither repair the barrier or provide their own.

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We wanted a moisturizer that did more. Chitosan works very differently, and we use it for its longer-term effect. Chitosan ensures the hands maintain their moisture after sanitizing by locking in the skin cells’ water stores needed for smooth, healthy skin. Much like the body’s natural moisturization functions, Chitosan mimics the role of sebum by forming an impermeable barrier over the skin to prevent water loss from the skin cells. Through this process and in our moisturizing hand sanitizer formula, your skin cells will continue to operate exactly how nature intended. Also, as a barrier is formed, the lemongrass oil – which is also an antibacterial agent - remains longer on the hands.

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If your skin had a choice, the choice would be our moisturizing hand sanitizer.