1. What is alcohol?
Alcohol (also known as Alcohol) is an organic compound in chemistry. When it comes to alcohol, people immediately think of alcohol in beer, wine and equate alcohol as a harmful substance. However, in the cosmetic industry, alcohol has certain uses.
2. Distinguishing good alcohol and bad alcohol in cosmetic ingredients
In cosmetics today, alcohol exists in two forms: fatty alcohol and dry alcohol. These two ingredients both have certain uses for beauty purposes. At the same time, they also have some potential risks.
Fatty Alcohol or Emollient Alcohols
This is an alcohol that is proven not to cause allergies, redness, and rashes on the skin. In addition, beauty and skin care products containing fatty alcohol also have moisturizing effects, leaving skin soft.
Fatty alcohols include: Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Lanolin Alcohol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol
3. What is the effect of alcohol in cosmetics?
As mentioned above, fatty alcohol and dry alcohol both have different pros and cons. If fatty alcohol is appreciated and offers more benefits, dry alcohol should be considered when using. But dry alcohol is not necessarily bad if used in a safe concentration (below 5%). At low concentrations, dry alcohol will evaporate quickly and not be absorbed into the skin in time.
Some of the uses of alcohol can be mentioned in cosmetics such as:
Helps soften and soothe the skin,
Maintain moisture for smooth skin.
However, this ingredient is also easy to clog pores, so it is not recommended for acne, oily or combination skin.
Dry alcohol is good for oily skin because it helps limit oil secretion.
Dry alcohol is found in many toners and sunscreens to help reduce oiliness and bring dryness to the skin.
In many moisturizers, shaving creams also use dry alcohol to clean the skin and not clog pores.
Helps retinol and vitamin C absorb into the skin more effectively.