We’ve had enough experts and influencers talk of alcohols being nasty for the skin. Let us deep dive. Alcohols can help your skin soak up products very swiftly. Especially in a toner, alcohol helps reduce the size of enlarged pores. But, it may lead to irritation and redness. You might be unaware of the presence of alcohol in your skin care products. Alcohol comes in several forms - some may dry out the skin and leave it more likely to suffer from irritation, and some that can help moisturise like a hydrating toner

But, should you avoid alcohol-based skincare altogether? Or, is it okay in fixed amounts? This blog will help you make the decision that is right for the health of your skin.

The Purpose of Alcohol in Skin-Care Products

You can find alcohol in different skincare products, like makeup, shaving products, lotions, perfumes, etc. There are several reasons to add alcohol to skincare products. Alcohol will make the product feel more effective and gleaming.

A few names of Alcohols in Skin-Care Ingredients Lists

  • Ethyl Alcohol
  • Alcohol Denat
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Methanol
  • Benzyl Alcohol
  • Cetyl or Lanolin Alcohol

Is Alcohol in Skin Care Good or Bad?

Please note that there are some “bad alcohols” that can be extremely drying and tend to have a long-term negative impact.

The category of “good alcohols” acts as an emollient which protects your skin and helps it to keep moisture in. This category is known as fatty alcohols, which is absolutely non-irritating and can be exceptionally beneficial for skin. They include Cetyl alcohol, Stearyl or Isostearyl alcohol, C12-16 alcohol, Cetearyl alcohol, Lauryl alcohol, Isopropyl myristate, Isopropyl palmitate, Glyceryl stearate, Glycol and Myristyl Alcohol. All of these are good ingredients for dry skin, and in small amounts fine for any skin type as they give a pleasing texture and help keep ingredients stable in products.

It’s important to discern these skin-friendly forms of alcohol from the problematic types of alcohol.

“Bad alcohols” include Ethanol, Propanol, Denatured alcohol, Denatured Alcohol, Ethyl alcohol, Methanol, Isopropyl alcohol, SD alcohol and Benzyl alcohol.

Are there any alcohol-free toners?

Yes. We understand that looking for a 100% alcohol-free toner can be taxing given that alcohols are common ingredients used for reducing pore size, which then dry up the skin. Firstly, do keep an eye out for ‘’good’’ and ‘’bad’’ alcohols on the ingredient list before making the choice.

Next, prefer a hydrating toner to soothe, nourish and hydrate the skin. It also preps your skin to better absorb other skincare products applied after it, to fully absorb its benefits - allowing your skincare regimen to achieve maximum efficacy. Check out The Pink Foundry’s hydrating toner that contains multiple pore-shrinking ingredients along with a blend of effective antioxidants.

To Sum Up

Alcohol can be a necessary add-on to help ingredients absorb to the skin, protect the product, and make it feel light when you apply. Watch out for the category of alcohol and its percentage in the formulation. While looking for the best toner for face in Indiamake sure you read the label and ask your dermatologist if you have worries about alcohol-based skincare products.