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Saturday, 5 December 2015

Skincare Adventures, Pt. 1 - Good & Bad Alcohols

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Hey there again guys!
In today's post we'll be addressing some skin care concerns and I'll be sharing some tips. Hope you enjoy!
In this pilot segment we'll discuss good and bad alcohols.

Keep reading to find out more!

Skincare is very important to us lasses and lads, young and old, regardless of skin type. Skin is your largest organ and one of the first things people will notice about you upon seeing you; so having a clear, glowy skin can only be a good thing. Of course not all of us have the best looking skin, we are all unique in our own way, skin issues included. Some of us have what is termed normal skin, dry skin, oily skin, combination skin and all the ones in between, lol. 

First up, there are two types of alcohols that are very harmful to skin. They are:

  1. Ethyl Alcohol/Ethanol, Alcohol Denat., SD Alcohol and
  2. Isopropyl Alcohol, Isopropanol.
I can't remember the site I found this alcohol info on. but I tried to Google it and found a Paula's Choice Link that makes it really simple for readers to understand so check it out!

"Alcohol helps ingredients like retinol and vitamin C penetrate into the skin more effectively, but it does that by breaking down the skin's barrier—destroying the very substances that keep your skin healthy over the long term. Alcohol immediately harms the skin and starts a chain reaction of damage that continues long after it has evaporated.

Once alcohol is done raiding your skin's barrier like a SWAT team, your skin isn't quite the same, and it won't be as good at protecting itself from further damage." -
As for the good alcohols, they are:

  1. Cetyl alcohol
  2. Stearyl alcohol
  3. Cetearyl alcohol
  4. Lanolin alcohol 
These are known as fatty alcohols. According to, "Typically, fatty alcohols are used as emollients and thickeners in skin-care products. Fatty alcohols are not irritating and, in fact, can be beneficial for dry skin."

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Unfortunately, there are A LOT of bad alcohols in our skincare and makeup products so you need to be mindful of what you put on your skin. Always check your ingredients!

As an oily skinned gal myself I understand the need to want the skin as shine-free as possible and using products we think will give us that finish. It is, however, to the detriment of our skin most times. Thus, I have reached a place in my life where I have realized that there's no way around my oily, adult skin and I have to live with it so I may as well embrace and treat it.

If you treat your skin well, it'll show and reciprocate same. Stop attacking your skin with bad alcohols and harmful ingredients. Protect your skin!

I hope this post was helpful in some way to someone out there and stay tuned to for more! The next post will be on oils ;)

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