Many of us have been conditioned to run the other way if we see alcohol on the list of ingredients for a skin care product. You may have been told by a parent or even by a doctor that it will dry out your skin, causing irritation, rashes, and even premature aging. This is true of certain types of alcohol. However, there are other types that are commonly used in high-end skin care and that have a number of benefits rather than risks for your skin.
Alcohol Kills Bacteria
One of the most common reasons that you will see this ingredient in your skin care products is that it is known to effectively kill bacteria. That doesn’t only mean the bacteria on your skin, causing breakouts or rashes. It also helps keep the product safe and fresh while it is in packaging, making its way to you. This particular variety will help you avoid skin care issues as a result of bacteria and will not, in fact, dry out or irritate your skin.
Traps in Moisture
When you think about alcohol in skin care products, you are likely imagining a strong-smelling liquid. In fact, often this ingredient is not liquid at all but a thick, waxy substance. When you picture it this way, you can easily imagine how effective it would be at trapping in your skin’s natural moisture. In certain skin care products, the waxy substance holds in the hydration that you provide with your moisturizers and creams as well as any natural moisture in your skin. This allows you to maintain soft skin throughout the day without multiple applications of moisturizer.
Holds Your Products Together
When you think about this ingredient as a waxy substance, it seems far less dangerous than it does in a liquid form. Another benefit of the waxy texture is that it can effectively emulsify your skin care products, which means it holds them together in some type of a solid form. Many cosmetics use artificial ingredients to emulsify their ingredients and the result is often disastrous for your skin. The waxy makeup of this ingredient accomplishes the same thing without the damage.
Next time you see alcohol on the list of ingredients for a skin care product, do not assume that it is going to damage your skin. It may actually be included in the formula to deliver important benefits and keep your product safe, such as how we use it at Genovo Skincare. For more information about our skin care products or to get an order started, please click here.