Including the go-to options for sensitive skin. 

By Kayla Greaves
May 18, 2020 @ 6:30 pm
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Frequent hand-washing has become a normal part of everyone's daily routine due to the coronavirus pandemic. And I don't know about you, but my hands have never felt more dry as a result. 

I always try to keep multiple creams around the sink to give my skin an extra boost of moisture after washing, but making sure to also use a gentle, moisturizing soap in the first place is key for keeping the skin healthy and your microbiome — essentially the body's first line of defense against pathogens — intact. 

Here, I rounded up seven of the best hand soaps to use to keep your hands germ-free and soft. Trust me, you won't dread having to constantly wash your hands after this.  

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Best pH Balancing Hand Soap: Tom's of Maine Prebiotic Fresh Apple Hand Soap

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The product's clean formula is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes this liquid hand soap. Prebiotic inulin helps to promote the growth of good bacteria on the skin's surface, while washing away harmful germs. The dermatologist-tested formula is also pH balanced to protect the skin's natural moisture barrier. 

To buy: $5; target.com

Best No-Rinse Hand Wash: Byredo Suede Rinse-Free Hand Wash

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No sink? No problem. This alcohol-based no-rinse hand wash includes sweet almond oil to nourish your hands while keeping them clean on the go. Another plus? It smells absolutely divine. 

To shop: $35; nordstrom.com

Best Fragrance: Bath & Body Works White Barn Rose Water & Ivy Gentle Gel Hand Soap

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If you're looking for a hand wash that will (gently) get the job done while giving off a light, floral scent, your search is over. This airy, foaming soap will wash away germs after at least 20 seconds of washing, leaving your hands feeling soft and smelling gorgeous. 

To shop: $8; bathandbodyworks.com

Best Bar Hand Soap: L'Occitane Verbena Shea Butter Extra Gentle Soap

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If bar soap is more your thing, this plant-based cleanser is enriched with nourishing shea butter to gently wash the skin while adding in moisture. 

To shop: $12; nordstrom.com

Best Drug Store Option: Dove Lavender & Yogurt Foaming Liquid Hand Wash Soap

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When you're on an essentials run to the drug store, make sure to grab a bottle of Dove's sulfate- and dye-free liquid hand soap. The brand's formula includes five times more moisturizers than the leading hand wash soap, including nourishing humectants like glycerin.  

To shop: $3; target.com

Best for Eczema-Prone Skin: SkinFix Eczema+ Foaming Oil Body Wash

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For anyone who has eczema-prone skin, your hands have likely been flaring up more than usual as of late. If that's been the case for you, it may be time to consider swapping out your regular soap for something that's specially designed for your skincare needs. SkinFix's Foaming Oil Wash contains coconut cleansers to wash away germs without stripping the skin lipids. The formula also includes aloe and jojoba seed oil to soothe skin and add in much-needed moisture. 

To shop: $24; sephora.com

Best for Sensitive Skin: Vanicream Cleansing Bar

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For over 20 years, this cleansing bar has been a cult-favorite for those with sensitive skin, so you know it's good. Use this paraben, dye, lanolin, and fragrance-free cleanser to efficiently wash your hands without stripping moisture or irritating even the most sensitive skin types. 

To shop: $4; dermstore.com