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Carex Moisture Plus: Antibacterial AND Moisturising
Carex Moisture Rich Handwash
Member Name: darling89
Carex Moisture Rich Handwash
Advantages: Easy to use, leaves hands clean and soft
I like to buy antibacterial handwash for my bathroom and kitchen but often find that some formulas can be a little harsh, leaving the skin on my hands feeling dry and looking horribly wrinkly. For this reason I've started looking for handwashes that have moisturising properties as well as being antibacterial. I wouldn't say I'm loyal to any particular brand and generally happen to just buy whatever I can find on offer in my local supermarket, but I've bought Carex Moisture Plus handwashes a few times now and have been pleased with my purchases.
Carex was the first brand to sell antibacterial handwash in the UK and (according to its website) remains the UK's number one handwash brand. It manufactures a range of different handwashes, all of which contain antibacterial ingredients to kill germs within seconds (as opposed to many other handwashes which can take up to five minutes to eliminate bacteria) when used with warm water. As well as attacking germs, their handwashes also remove dirt and grease.
According to tests carried out by Carex, their handwashes can kill 99.99% of germs, something which is very important as germs, viruses and bacteria can spread very easily, causing illnesses and infections such as salmonella and E-coli.
Carex's handwash range is quite extensive, with different handwashes to suit different people's needs. The range is split into three sub-categories:
1) Protecting Anti-Bacterial Handwash - this includes the Moisture Plus handwash on which this review will focus, as well as Original, Aloe Vera, Sensitive, Active Fresh, Bacteria Protect Zinc and Bacteria Protect Silver.
2) Superior Antibacterial Handwash - handwashes with added natural elements to boost their antibacterial properties. This category has Original, Sensitive and Moisturising variants.
3) Nature Protect Handwash - Manuka Honey and Oatmilk Handwash
This handwash comes in a bottle with a pump dispenser. I really like the dispenser as I find that it releases exactly the right amount of liquid, giving me sufficient product to feel that I've given my hands a good clean without wasting anything. Unlike some types of handwash I've used in the past, the soap doesn't tend to leak out of the dispenser after use.
The bottle is made of clear plastic (which is suitable for recycling) and holds 250ml of liquid. The transparent bottle allows you to see how much handwash is left in the package, which is handy as it means that you can easily tell when it needs replacing. The liquid itself is white, so when the bottle is full it looks as though the bottle itself is white in colour.
The labels on the bottle have a white and blue colour scheme - I guess that this may have been chosen so that this product fits into the colour schemes of many people's bathrooms. The front label displays the Carex logo in large text, along with the name of the product and an image of a water droplet. It also has some text noting the product's antibacterial and moisturising properties. The back label contains much more text, including an ingredient list and contact details for Carex and it outlines three key aspects of this product:
* With triple-moisturising action
* Supports the skin's natural antibacterial defences
* Dermatologically tested for skin kindness
Using the handwash
This handwash is a very easy product to use. I simply wet my hands thoroughly with warm tap water, then dispense a blob of the soap into one of my hands. I then rub my hands together to create a nice foamy lather, massage it into my hands for a few seconds and rinse off again using warm water. I'm then able to dry my hands and get on with whatever I need to do.
The handwash has a pleasant fragrance: it smells clean and hygenic but the moisturising elements seem to make the scent a little softer and soapier so my hands aren't left smelling sterile as I've found with some antibacterial handwashes that I've used in the past. The consistency of this hand wash is quite thin, which I like as it means that it is easy to distribute the liquid across my hands, and it lathers up well. This consistency also means that a little goes a long way and it takes a far few pumps of the dispenser to make a visible difference to the level of liquid in the bottle.
After using the handwash my hands look nice and clean, and I know that the product has got rid of both visible and invisible dirt and germs. They also have a pleasant soft feeling to them, as though I've used a light moisturiser on them. This particular hand wash contains a triple moisturising blend, including lactic acid and vitamin E, leaving the skin on my hands feeling supple, refreshed and nourished. Carex also claim that their inclusion of lactic acid in this product helps skin to repair and regenerate itself, providing an additional skincare bonus.
Price and Where to Purchase
Carex products can be purchased in numerous stores. I tend to shop in either Tescos or Sainsburys and have never had a problem getting hold of this handwash in either of my local shops. I've also seen this handwash in Asda, Boots and Superdrug, and according to Carex's website their products can also be found in Morrisons, Wilkinson, Waitrose and Savers.
In Tescos this handwash has a price of £1.60 for the 250ml bottle. However, I don't think I've ever paid the full price for this product, and have always bought it either reduced to £1 or 80p or on a two for £2 offer along with other Carex handwashes.
Overall, I've been really happy with this product and I know that I will continue to buy it. I love that this handwash both kills germs and bacteria and looks after the state of my skin at the same time - it's much easier to use than using a separate antibacterial handwash and then a hand cream. After reading up on the range on Carex's website, I also like the reassurance that this soap kills bacteria in a matter of seconds, unlike a number of similar products which take much longer to eliminate germs and viruses. It has a pleasant fragrance and consistency, and leaves the skin on my hands feeling clean, soft and nourished. A little goes a long way and the dispenser means that nothing is wasted, so even if I had to pay full price for this handwash I don't think I'd feel cheated; nonetheless I see this product on offer so frequently that I don't think I'd ever have to pay the full whack.
5 out of 5 stars from me - I think it's great.
Summary: A great moisturising antibacterial handwash manufactured by a very popular brand.
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