by Karmen Novak
Alcohol is one of the most controversial and misunderstood ingredients used in cosmetic skincare formulation. It has a reputation for being drying and irritating and is thought to contribute to premature ageing, destroy skin cells and cause inflammation.
But is alcohol really the enemy it’s made out to be? We don’t think it is. In fact, we think it can be a good friend at times.
Here’s everything you need to know about alcohol in skincare so that you can decide for yourself…
What is alcohol?
Alcohol is a broad term for an entire family of chemicals. Alcohols are organic compounds characterised by one or more hydroxyl (-OH) group bound to a carbon atom.