Infections resulting from germs picked up from contaminated surfaces, people or animals can lead to extremely unpleasant and in some cases potentially serious illnesses. Good hand hygiene – keeping hands washed and clean – can help eliminate much of this threat, but access to soap and water throughout the day is sometimes impossible or impractical.
However, help is at hand thanks to Mentholatum responsebeta, a new and easy to use alcohol-free hand sanitizer, scientifically proven to kill bacteria and viruses quickly and effectively. Studies have shown that the advanced formula spray is capable of killing bacteria – often within five minutes of use – and retaining the protective effect on the hands for an impressive two hours.
Using a unique skin friendly blend of biocidal ingredients, Mentholatum responsebeta has a double-action formulation which both cleans and sanitizes the hands. Firstly, it contains a surface active agent (also known as a surfactant) which cleans hands in the same way as soap. The surfactant breaks up small pieces of dirt and grease so when the hands are rubbed together, the dirt flakes off. Secondly, Mentholatum responsebeta sanitizes the hands thanks to its four key biocidal ingredients which have proven activity in killing bacteria and viruses as well as fungi, spores and yeasts. These biocides are well known for the ability to kill microorganisms yet are safe for use on human skin.
Unlike many other hand sanitizers, Mentholatum responsebeta is water based and contains no alcohol. It is suitable for use on sensitive skin and for children of all ages under adult supervision. While alcohol does kill bacteria and viruses, it is only active for a very short time – about 15 seconds after use – but the biocidal ingredients in Mentholatum responsebeta have been shown to be effective for up to two hours after application. Alcohol also evaporates from the skin very rapidly, leading to excessive drying of the hands, and dry skin is prone to irritation.
Commenting on the issue of tackling infections and viruses, plus the introduction of Mentholatum responsebeta, mum of two Dr Catherine Hood notes: “We all know that coughs and sneezes spread diseases, but all too many of us seem to forget that good hand hygiene is crucial when it comes to avoiding nasty infections. Viruses and bacteria are invisible to the naked eye but just because we can’t see them doesn’t mean they aren’t there. They can lie dormant on contaminated surfaces such as a shared phone or the safety handle on a bus or train, making it very easy to contaminate our own hands through touch.
“We shouldn’t be paranoid about touching things or shaking hands with people, but it is important to maintain good hand hygiene by regularly washing our hands. This is particularly important when visiting people in hospital – where infection can pose a potentially deadly threat – or after touching livestock or farm animals. Soap and water isn’t always available though, and this is where Mentholatum responsebeta spray can help. The product has a smart formulation which includes four key biocidal ingredients – Chlorhexidine gluconate, Coco alkyl dimethylbenzyl ammonium chloride, Didecyl dimethyl ammonium chloride and Polyhexamethylene biguanide. All these ingredients, within an alcohol free preparation, have proven activity in killing a wide range of microorganisms including bacteria and viruses yet are safe for use on human skin.
Responsebeta is very easy to use, safe and effective and has been shown to work for two hours after use. Because it is water-based and alcohol free, it is kind to hands with none of the irritation alcohol sanitizers can cause. It’s a very convenient way to keep hands clean and free of infection.”
Mentholatum responsebeta – Evidence for effectiveness
Mentholatum responsebeta has been tested against strict European Standard protocols to demonstrate its ability to kill microorganisms and has been shown in the lab to be effective against a range of harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeasts and spores. Results include:
Mentholatum responsebeta comes into two sizes:
• 50ml for convenient personal use when out and about, travelling, on holiday; fits in the handbag – RRP: £2.54
• 200ml for in-home or office use – RRP: £5.10
It is available from Boots, www.boots.com and leading pharmacies nationwide.
Use sanitizers safely. Always read the label and product information before use.
The Mentholatum Company Ltd
Tel: 01355 848484