When it comes to taking care of your skin, you should settle for nothing but the best! The best cleanser to wash your face, the best toner to remove excess dirt, and the best moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and happy. But what does it mean if your moisturizer has alcohol in it? Are you really using the best product, or are you actually damaging your skin?
Despite what you might have heard, not all alcohol is bad for your skin! There are some alcohols that are totally safe and even beneficial to use in your skincare routine. Unfortunately, they often get confused with the bad kinds of alcohol: the ones that can cause dryness, irritation, and long-term damage to your skin. So how can you tell them apart?
Bad alcohols are often labeled as SD alcohol, denatured, alcohol, and sometimes isopropyl alcohol. They’re used in cosmetics because they help make products feel light and make it easier for ingredients like vitamin C to penetrate your skin. They also dry quickly and decrease the greasiness of the skin.
If this sounds too good to be true, that’s because it definitely is. These alcohols actually break down the skin’s barrier to help ingredients get into your skin. Over time these alcohols will destroy your skin’s ability to protect itself. And although they dry quickly, these alcohols can actually stimulate oil production, making skin oilier in the long-term.
Now let’s talk about good alcohol. These alcohols are fatty alcohols derived from plant oils (like coconut oil and palm oil) and they act as emulsifiers, which just means they keep oil and water together in a product. But emulsifiers are also good for your skin because they can help draw in moisture and protect skin - basically the opposite of bad alcohol. Cetearyl, Stearyl, Cetyl and Behenyl alcohol are common examples of these good, fatty alcohols. Products like our Waterful Glow Cream use these fatty alcohols to make moisturizers that are extra hydrating and good for your skin!
Now that you’re armed with knowledge about good and bad alcohols, you can feel confident about choosing the best not-completely-alcohol-free moisturizer and keeping your skin healthy and happy!
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