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Alcohol in Skincare Can Accelerate Aging & Worsen Skin

June 7, 2022

As we age, we lose collagen and elastin in our skin, the proteins that basically hold our skin together keeping it tight and smooth. That is inevitable. Getting wrinkles, fine lines, and eye bags are all a part of aging. However, did you know that some retail anti-aging skincare products may have this one ingredient that can accelerate this aging process? What is a skincare ingredient or skincare product that aging women should avoid, especially if they have sagging skin?

So, what exactly is a skincare ingredient that you should avoid if you struggle with sagging skin?

This is an ingredient commonly found in many retail products, so if someone has mature skin or saggy skin, be very careful. No matter what the company claims the product does, read the ingredient labels, if it contains any sort of alcohol (ethanol, methanol, ethyl, denatured, isopropyl and benzyl are common ones), steer clear of that product. The higher the alcohol is listed on the ingredient list, the larger its content in the formulation. Alcohol are commonly used in skincare products because it is extremely inexpensive and can both act as a preservative and also an ingredient that would enhance the consistency in a skincare cream or lotion to make it more elegant to the feel.

While alcohol in skincare formulations, will make its consistancy lighter and smoother. but when used in formulations that are for aging and or saggy skin, retail companies will make claims that it tightens the skin. Who doesn't want 

conventional moisturizers  are actually damaging and why oils are a bad  ingredient to put on the face ... we have talked about that being a commonly practice tactic in skincare ... selling what feels good at first use. However, it’s purely just the alcohol sitting on the skin. Solvent alcohols such as isopropyl and ethyl will actually strip away the skin’s natural moisture, compromising the skin barrier over time. Especially with mature skin, having a healthy skin barrier is key to keep the skin’s hydration as well as protecting the skin from further damages and loss of collagen from external factors. Additionally, the way the skin can be stripped with these alcohols, it can make the skin extremely irritated. The skin’s microbiome can become imbalanced and this can lead to acne and clogged pores. Further more, it can also dehydrate the skin further, increasing the appearance of rough textures, dry patches, and fine lines and wrinkles. 

So we say, be the educated consumer, read your labels before purchase. 

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