Is Your Body Lotion Aging Your Skin?
Should you be concerned about alcohol in your body lotion?
The answer is “yes”… and “no”.
You see, there are “bad” alcohols… and then there are “good” alcohols.
So, it’s very important to understand the difference.
That’s why I’m going to reveal:
- The differences between “good” and “bad” alcohols
- What each type does to your skin
- How to instantly identify whether the alcohols in your body lotion are “good” or “bad”
First, let’s take a look at the “good” alcohols — also known as “fatty” alcohols.
These usually come from natural fats like coconut oil. And they’re full of skin-nourishing fatty acids.
There are 2 main reasons why formulators add “good” alcohols to their skincare products:
- They thicken & smooth the consistency of creams for a richer, more luxurious feel.
- They’re natural hydrators. So, they’re actually good for dry skin.
The most common “good” alcohols are:
- Cetyl alcohol
- Lauryl alcohol
- Cetearyl alcohol
- Stearyl alcohol
So, if you see any of these on your ingredient label, you can relax. Your skin is safe.
Now, let’s move onto the “bad” alcohols.
To be fair, the companies that use these “bad” alcohols aren’t trying to harm you. They do have reasons for using them…
Formulators add “bad” alcohols to their products to:
- Make them dry quickly for a light, cool feel
- Help the other ingredients mix better
- Help shrink pore size & tighten skin
- Act as preservatives
- Help increase absorption of the other ingredients
In formulas that target a specific problem — like dark spots, for example — the benefits of “bad” alcohols can outweigh the downsides.
But there’s no excuse for putting them into something like a body lotion, which goes on your entire body.
Because in high concentrations, “bad” alcohols can damage your skin in 3 devastating ways:
Skin-Harming Effect #1: They dry and irritate your skin.2 Which is the opposite of what you want from a body lotion.
Skin-Harming Effect #2: They strip away your precious skin barrier –– the thin layer of lipids, enzymes, and antioxidants that protects your skin.
Some formulators actually do this on purpose!
They add “bad” alcohols to their formulas because they help other active ingredients penetrate the skin barrier. As a result, these other ingredients become more effective.
But the skin barrier is not something to mess with.
When you rip it open, you leave your skin vulnerable to irritants, allergens, germs, and other “bad guys”.4
Even worse, precious water escapes through the cracks.
Which causes your skin to become dehydrated –– resulting in a dry, rough appearance that can make you look years older.
Skin-Harming Effect #3: One lab study showed “bad” alcohols actually kill your skin cells –– increasing cell death by a staggering 26%!
That means these alcohols are literally toxic to your skin!
As you can see, these “bad” alcohols leave your skin dryer, more vulnerable, and even dead –– which shows up as chronic dryness, worsening lines & wrinkles, and overall dullness.
As a result, these alcohols can only be described as “pro-aging.”
And although alcohol evaporates quickly, that shouldn’t comfort you.
Because these bad alcohols start causing damage the moment they hit your skin. And the harm continues long after they have evaporated.
So, check the ingredient label on your body lotion for the “bad” alcohols below.
If you see any of these in the first 6 ingredients of your body lotion, you could be harming your skin:
- Denatured alcohol
- Ethyl alcohol
- Benzyl alcohol
- Isopropyl alcohol
I want you to look & feel your absolute best –– with the glowing, youthful skin you love.
That’s why City Beauty formulas actually repair the damage “bad” alcohols can cause.
For example, InvisiCrepe Body Balm contains an advanced barrier-repair complex.
It uses DL Lipids & Acquacell to help rebuild your skin barrier, so you can retain precious moisture.
So, even after decades of abuse from “bad” alcohols, you can restore your hydration to youthful levels. And make your body look years younger in the process.
You can learn more about the InvisiCrepe Body Balm formula here.