Alcohol as a drink. But, definitely not on your face.
Did you know that hikers apply rubbing alcohol to their feet and guitar players to their fingers, to harden their skin? What a great idea if it makes hiking and guitar playing easier!
I’m not convinced; however, that the benefits have the same value when applied to the face. Sure, as a last resort it can disinfect a cut, but there are so many less painful options… right?
Effects of alcohol on the face can include:
- Painful burning
- Darkened skin
- Dry skin
- Hardened skin
So sure, the old adage of “if it’s burning, it must must be working” is correct. But only if the above results sound like fun!
In some cases, the purpose of certain alcohols are necessary. For example, fatty alcohols are used to thicken and stabilize product formulations, so as to not irritate the skin. However, alcohol typically found in aftershaves and ingrown hair prevention products can actually damage your skin when used frequently.
Here’s a list of alcohol ingredidients to avoid.
- Isopropyl or Isopropyl Alcohol
- Ethyl Alcohol
- Ethanol or Ethanol Alcohol
- Ethanol B
- SD Alcohol
- Denatured Alcohol or Alcohol Denat.
- Benzyl Alcohol
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