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Summer flu season hand sanitizers are most effective when correctly applied reports fresh water advocate Sharon Kleyne

Hand sanitizers, hand cleansing, and the spread of disease bacteria and viruses will be discussed on next Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water radio show

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Hand sanitizers have become extremely popular with an annual industry growth rate of 13 percent.* During the current summer flu season, according to fresh water advocate and radio host Sharon Kleyne, hand sanitizers can effectively decrease the presence of disease bacteria and viruses on the hands. Kleyne cautions that for maximum effectiveness, hand sanitizers must be applied correctly and users must be aware of its limitations.

Summer flu season hand sanitizers are most effective when correctly applied reports fresh water advocate Sharon Kleyne

* Sandys, A, "Hand sanitizer market experiences boost in wake of Ebola outbreak," Companies and Markets via Yahoo Finance, June 22, 2015.

Kleyne will discuss hand sanitizers, skin cleansing and disease on her Sharon Kleyne Hour™ Power of Water® radio broadcast of July 6, 2015. For the live show or a podcast, go to

The syndicated radio show, hosted by Kleyne, is heard weekly on VoiceAmerica and Apple iTunes. The education oriented show is sponsored by Bio-Logic Aqua® Research, which was founded by Kleyne and specializes in fresh water, the atmosphere, accelerated moisture evaporation and dehydration. Nature's Mist® for dry skin hydration is the Research Center's signature product.

Hand sanitizers, according to Kleyne, kill 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and fungi, including many that cause diseases. This is critical because the flu virus is largely spread by hand contact to eyes and mouth. The product also kills many harmless bacteria and viruses.

The active ingredient in most hand sanitizers is alcohol, says Kleyne, and they are most effective when the alcohol content is at least 60%. Although alcohol is dehydrating to skin, most soap is even more dehydrating. Whether caused by soap or hand sanitizer, Kleyne notes, dehydration of the hand skin should be avoided because well hydrated skin is more resistant to bacterial and viral invasion. Well hydrated skin is also more resistant to sunburn.

To counteract the drying effect of the alcohol, most hand sanitizers contain a "moisturizing" lotion such as aloevera. However, Kleyne points out, the actual purpose of these lotions is not to add skin moisture but to seal in existing skin moisture. Moisture sealers are most effective when there is sufficient water already in the skin for them to seal.

When using hand sanitizer frequently, Kleyne suggests occasionally applying a 100% water skin humidifying mist to the hands and fingers and then sealing in the newly applied water with a hand lotion. Nature's Mist® skin moisture, from Kleyne's Bio-Logic Aqua® Research, is intended as a skin water supplement for use immediately prior to the application of a moisture sealing lotion.

Kleyne recommends rinsing off the hand sanitizer with water to remove any dehydrating alcohol residue. Hand sanitizers work only during the first 10 to 15 seconds so rinsing will not impede their effectiveness. Soap and water does not kill bacteria and viruses, according to Kleyne, but merely washes them off the hands. Soap also leaves a dehydrating residue if not rinsed adequately with water.

Hand sanitizers are extremely flammable, Kleyne notes, and should never be used near stoves, campfires or other fire sources.

When applying a hand sanitizer, says Kleyne, use enough to rub on all surfaces for 10 to 15 seconds, including between the fingers, the back of the fingers, the back of the hands and the wrists. Remove jewelry. Continue rubbing until dry.

Finally, Kleyne cautions, hand sanitizers should be used in addition to, rather than instead of other disease prevention measures such as frequent hand washing with soap, avoidance of high risk situations, drinking plenty of water (at least eight glasses a day in addition to all other fluids), daily bathing, maintaining good skin health, eating a nutritious diet, and adequate sleep and exercise. ©2015 Bio-Logic Aqua Research. All rights reserved.

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