If you’ve ever read an article about ingredients that are bad for your skin, you will always find alcohol on the list. Yes, alcohol in skincare is scary. We all know it’s bad for the health, so how can it be safe for something as delicate as our skin, right? Wrong!
While most articles tell you how bad it is for your skin, we bet none told you that not all types of alcohol in skincare are bad. So, before you read the word alcohol on the label and exit the skincare aisle, we suggest you learn a bit more about this common skincare ingredient.
Bad alcohol in skincare:
Denatured alcohol, isopropyl, SD alcohol, benzyl alcohol, methanol and ethanol are the bad alcohols in skincare that you need to steer away from. Now, you must be wondering, if they are bad then why add them to your precious skincare products. The reason skincare brands add the bad alcohol to their products is because it gives your creams and moisturisers a lighter texture and a quick matte finish when applied on the skin. You will generally find these alcohols in skincare products formulated for oily skin type. While there are quick short term benefits of these alcohols, in the long run they can damage your skin by causing dryness, irritation, enlarged pores and ruin the texture of the skin.
Good alcohol in skincare:
Cetyl alcohol, glycol, cetearyl alcohol, behenyl alcohol, lauryl alcohol are the good types of alcohol in skincare. They are derived from natural sources like vegetables and are also called fatty alcohols due to their solid and waxy structure. These are added to skincare products to hold all the ingredients together and prevent the water and oil from separating. Since good alcohols have moisturising properties, you will generally find them in skincare products formulated for dry skin. It is important to learn, accept and differentiate the good alcohol from the bad ones to ensure your skin does not pay the price.
Now that we have cleared your doubts about alcohols in skincare, you will know exactly what you are putting on your skin. So don’t be fooled by the claims a skincare product makes, read the label and decide for yourself!