In skincare, there are good types of alcohol and there are bad types of alcohol. The bad types, Alcohol Denat, Benzyl Alcohol, Ethanol, Ethyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Methanol, SD Alcohol are the types you want to stay well away from.
This is the type of alcohol that acts like a solvent. According to BeautifulwithBrains:
- It thins thick formulas (it’s usually what gives chemical sunscreens their super lightweight textures)
- It helps deliver skincare actives deeper into your skin
- It gives skin a tight feeling and constricts the pores
- These alcohols seem innocuous enough, don’t they? But that tight feeling is a sign of dehydration. Alcohol eats up your skin’s protective barrier, leaving your skin dry and irritated.
That’s also how they help other ingredients better penetrate your skin, by the way. Once this barrier is damaged, everything can get through it.
There’s also some great alcohols, that are actually hydrating and nourishing. These include: Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Butylene glycol, Propanediol.
However, if you’re still unsure – you could go alcohol-free. Which is what one of our favourite toners from Babor is.
Babor Cleansing CP Rose Toning Lotion is pleasantly refreshing and alcohol-free to create calm and relax effect for the face. Babor Rose Toning Lotion utilizes the refreshing qualities of rose extract, the lotion calms and relaxed the skin, leaves the skin feeling cool with a clearer complexion.
- Calms and relaxes.
- Tones and purifies skin.
- Soothes irritation and redness.
- Softens and enhances radiance.
In the morning and the evening and after cleansing with Babor Mild Cleanser, moisten a cotton pad and gently dab the toning lotion onto the skin.
- Rose Extract – Balances, softens, and nourishes.
- Agrimonia Eupatoria Extract – Astringent, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory; detoxifies and tones skin.
- Allantoin, Bisabolol, and Panthenol – Softens, soothes, and moisturises.