According to Hobson, the alcohol we need to steer clear of is “S.D (specially denatured) alcohol, which is known to strip the skin of its natural oils, which not only encourages the skin to produce more oil but also results in dehydration and skin sensitisation.” On the other hand, alcohols “like stearyl, lauryl, oleyl, caprylic, myristyl and cetyl, which are all fatty alcohols (derived from fatty substances), can help moisturise the skin and are commonly found in moisturisers and used as emollients,” says Hobson.
Additionally, fatty alcohols can assist the chemical exfoliation process as they “act like the perfect vehicle to give a light cleanse, help get rid of the bad bacteria and deliver the chemical exfoliation that actually helps loosen up the glue between the skin cells when they don’t want to slough off naturally,” explains Pardo.
If you were anything like us and curious as to how often you can incorporate fatty alcohols into your skin care routine, Hobson says they can be used daily without causing irritation or sensitivity to the skin. Who knew?
Looking to incorporate some of these skin-loving ingredients into your routine? Some of our favourite products formulated with fatty alcohols include Clinique Clarifying Lotion 1, Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex and Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré Moisturiser.
This article originally appeared on BeautyCrew.