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thatonelei

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esthetician ✨ just wanting to learn more about products for me & guests

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Alcohols in skincare; the good, bad, and ugly
Alcohols in skincare; the good, bad, and ugly
Something I’ve encountered a lot lately at work is misinformation about alcohol in skincare. It’s definitely a myth that all alcohol is bad alcohol. I want to shed a little bit of light on bad alcohols and good alcohols in skincare. The Bad: The most common bad alcohol you’ll encounter in skincare is denatured alcohol. If you see this in the first few ingredients... run! The CLINIQUE - Clarifying Lotion 3 is an example of this as it is the second ingredient! *in most cases the higher up something is on the ingredient list the more concentrated it is* You may think you’re seeing instant results with this (especially if you have oily skin) but what it’s really doing is stripping your skin and preventing it from preforming it’s natural functions. This will cause dryness, possible irritation, and will wreck your moisture barrier over time. Another example of this ingredient is the exuviance - Resurfacing Glycolic Wash. More examples of bad alcohols in skincare are isopropyl alcohol, methanol, SD alcohol, and ethanol. If you see these just put the product down, it’s not worth it. The Good: Now at this point you might be thinking that all alcohol is bad in skincare but that’s totally not the case!! There are actually really good alcohols that can really benefit your skin. These are considered fatty alcohols. They help draw in and hold moisture. The most common ones you’ll see are cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, glycol, and cetearyl alcohol. A HUGE favorite of mine lately has been the FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask which includes cetyl alcohol, glycol, and cetearyl alcohol. My skin has been really going through it lately with wearing my mask and I noticed how it felt very dry and irritated. I immediately went out and purchased this mask to help soothe (it also contains colloidal oatmeal) and hydrate my skin. It has a thicker, cream consistency with those oatmeal chunks all throughout. When I say this nourished, soothed, and hydrated my skin better than anything I’ve ever used I really mean it. This mask has been a blessing. The fatty alcohols help draw in that moisture and lock it in making it perfect for those with all skin types (but especially dry and combo). It also doesn’t contain any dyes or fragrances making it perfect for sensitive skin. So long story short not all alcohols are bad alcohols. You just have to be careful and read the label to see what’s really in a product. If anyone has any questions please let me know 🖤
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Clarifying Lotion 3
CLINIQUE-Clarifying Lotion 3