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The Handbook

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Before Covid we rarely used hand sanitiser, now it’s the must-have accessory of 2020. Whether you’re heading to a restaurant, for a night out (remember those!?) or even just to a friend’s house (when we could), it’s in your pocket along with that grubby mask of yours.

But with this endless destruction of germs comes severely dry and cracked skin. We’ve all been applying moisturisers and slathering E45 on our fingers like a grandma spreading margarine on toast. But to no avail. Look at your palms now and we bet it’s like staring at the Gobi desert.

The answer? A hand sanitiser that moisturises. Or, in fact, a moisturiser that hands sanitises. It’s so simple we’re upset we didn’t think of it ourselves and patent the technology. Instead, Babington Soap Co. got there first.

We’ve used hand sanitisers for so long, no one is willing to give them up. In a recent survey of 320 people, Babington Soap Co. found that nearly 80% of people would continue to use hand sanitiser once a vaccine has become effective. And more than 60% of people think that the basic day-to-day use of hand sanitisers has had, or may eventually have, a detrimental effect on the skin and accelerate ageing on the hands. If we’re not already worried about liver spots and wrinkles, now we’ve got something else to add to our list.

Sanitisers are generally pretty bad for our skin. They’re not designed to be cosmetics. You normally find them in hospital waiting rooms or in a gap-year student’s bumbag. So it’s important that we start plumping up our skin with the right stuff instead of destroying the skin’s natural barrier with potent liquids.

Babington Soap Co. is designed to be a cosmetic and part of your daily skin care routine and provide protection against bad bacteria at the same time. The vegan-friendly plant-based moisturiser doesn’t contain any parabens, sulfates or phthalates, but uses six natural ingredients: ethanol, water, modified cellulose, organic lemongrass oil, chitosan and lactic acid.

The pharmaceutical-grade plant-based ingredient chitosan locks in the skin cells’ water stores to ensure smooth, healthy skin.

Almost every sanitiser (whether it’s super pricey or straight from the high street) uses aloe vera or glycerine whereas Babington Soap Co. uniquely uses chitosan (pronounced “kite-o-san”). The pharmaceutical-grade plant-based ingredient locks in the skin cells’ water stores to ensure smooth, healthy skin. Unlike the other moisturisers, the chitosan in Babington Soap Co. products mimics the body’s natural moisturisation functions by forming an impermeable barrier to prevent water loss from the skin cells. Through this process, the skin cells continue to operate exactly how nature intended and it allows the natural antibacterial agent in the lemongrass oil to remain on the hands for longer. Most importantly, it leaves your hands feeling soft and silky smooth.

This is the kind of moisturising hand sanitiser that’s a treat. It’s as gorgeous as bath bombs or scented candles and comes in beautiful packaging, making it perfect for a gift this festive season. If you’re going to be using hand sanitiser long after we’re out of this pandemic, you might as well make it the right one.

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