Alcohol, is it that Bad?

Hello Lovelies, I hope all of you are well. So I’m trying to get back into the groove of having a set schedule for posting, key word ‘trying’. I don’t know why it is so hard for me now, but that’s not the topic for today. Today I wanted to talk about Alcohol in skincare products.

How many of y’all tend to shy away or completely avoid products with alcohol in them like it’s the plague? I know for the longest time I did, I always heard that you shouldn’t use it [because alcohol is drying] whether your skin type is normal or super oily. Yes, alcohol is drying, however it’s how the the product is formulated, plus the type of alcohol used is cosmetics and skincare is not the same as the rubbing alcohol we have in sitting in our medicine cabinet. One of my favorite YouTubers [Liah Yoo] gives the best analogy, “if you give the same ingredients to 2 chefs, the end results are going to be 2 different dishes” Alcohol in skincare products is a pretty common ingredient.

  • What purpose does alcohol serve in skincare products?…
  • Preservative: alcohol [ethanol] is a natural and nontoxic preservative, it aids in the prevention of growing bactericide and fungus.🤢
  • Texture: alcohol helps lighten the texture of different products, such as moisturizers. Think light-weight or gel moisturizers and even serums. The alcohol with what gives the product the light, “feathery” feel, along with the “melting” effect. It also helps products to not feel as greasy or heavy on the skin.
  • Penetration: it helps with absorption and penetration of actives. Alcohols helps by allowing products to get deep down past the skins barrier. Think of it this way, if you have a serum that needs to work from the ‘bottom up’ you are going to need something to help it get through the epidermis layer. However the downside is that this also leaves room for not-so-good products or radicals to penetrate the skin, since of course it can’t tell the difference.
  • Solvent
  • De-Shine: oily skin friend.

So alcohol isn’t the worst ingredient, it all depends on the formulation of it in the products. If you have sensitive skin you want to be cautious just like with any other skincare product/ingredient. I hope you all found this post helpful, in some way. Remember to always be kind to your skin.

Until Next Time XOXO 💋

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