Alkohol schädlich in Kosmetik und Beautyprodukten? Das große Missverständnis

Alcohol harmful in cosmetics and beauty products? The big misunderstanding

First of all: alcohol is good for the skin if it is not alcohol. Sounds confusing It gets better! We distinguish good alcohols from bad ones and say that products are alcohol-free even though they contain alcohol. Uff. Time for pure wine.n Wein.

Alcohol is good for your skin and your cosmetics if it is good alcohol!)  

We know alcohol better from beer, wine and one or two schnapps: ethanol or ethyl alcohol. From a few beers, wines and schnapps, we also know that alcohol has some nice properties. But before the bad ones make themselves felt. There is no good high without physical consequences..

It's similar in cosmetics, at least when we look at the alcohol and not the good alcohol: first it makes a great impression, then it makes us look old.ehen.

But one by one:

Thanks to their chemical properties in cosmetics, good and bad alcohols have some remarkable functions!n!


  • dissolves fats,
  • extracts active ingredients from herbal components,
  • kills bacteria is antibacterial,),
  • supports the application properties of creams as a very light substance,
  • deoils and mattifies the skin,
  • preserves creams and
  • is a penetration enhancer, which means that it penetrates the skin well and can transport active ingredients such as vitamins C and E well. By the way, we have saved ourselves the wordplay about penetration enhancers at this point. You are welcome.en.)

So far so good. But:

Alcohol is bad for your skin if it is bad alcoholt)

For cosmetics, bad alcohol corresponds to the normal drinking alcohol that we know from spirits. This alcohol is often denatured in cosmetics with phthalates which means: made inedible. Why is it not drinkable, it does not have to be taxed. This makes bad alcohol even cheaper. And even worse for your health, because: denn:

Phthalates are chemical softeners that get into your bloodstream through the skin. Not only can they damage the skin, they can also cause diabetes and are suspected of being hormonally active - they can make you sterile! But that's almost just a side story of the bad alcohols.le.

Bad alcohols 

  • damage your skin barrier: As an irritant, it attacks theskin's own protective sebum layer on. This not only promotes dry skin, but makes it a target for bacteria and inflammation such as Pimples and acne.
  • irritate the skin! This is due to the degreasing and mattifying effect: the skin is immediately free of fat, but the sebum glands want to add more. This is counterproductive and supports the formation ofPimples and acne even more!
  • promotes skin aging: Young, healthy skin is closely related to good moisturizing care. However, alcohol dries out the skin. That makes him a contract killer of yoursAnti-aging program.
  • support free radicalsby contributing to their production. This damages the collagen structure of your skin and causes sagging, sagging skin.
  • contribute to skin diseases: You have skin problems anyway. Then keep your fingers off bad alcohol all the more! Whether neurodermatitis, acne or other inflammatory reactions, alcohol literally fuels them.u.

What is good, what is bad alcoholohol?

Good alcohols:

Here we also speak of fatty alcohols or wax alcohols. They are alcohols with long molecular chains. They are obtained from fatty acids that are contained in plants.

Unlike bad alcohols, the fatty or wax alcohols have a nourishing effect: they make the skin soft and supple, and at the same time they have a moisturizing effect. All in all, the good alcohols can alleviate skin irritation and also prevent it!n!

The good guys can be recognized by the INCI information by the following names:Behenyl alcohol, Cetearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Lanolin alcoholandStearyl alcohol.

Somewhat strange:If fatty or wax alcohols are contained in cosmetics, they can be described as non-alcoholic. Why the message behind alcohol-free is: This product is good for your skin and contains no harmful alcohol. To simplify matters, the cosmetics industry can safely ignore the fact that good alcohols are alcohols. It is not chemically correct, but it is helpful for us consumers.freich.

Bad alcohols:

This is denatured drinking alcohol. We keep our hands off this when it comes to cosmetics when it comes to beer, wine and schnapps Alcohol is also not good for the skin!

We recognize bad alcohols as an ingredient under the names:Alcohol denat., Benzyl alcohol, Ethyl alcohol, Ethanol, Isopropyl alcohol, MethanolandSD Alcohol.

Good cosmetics have to be sober and without bad alcoholsmmen

The following applies to our care products for men: alcohol comes in, but only the good one. We want to support men to do something good for their skin. Both in care and in cleaning. Oure Face cream, ourcleanser and ourAfter shave such asall other care products are therefore free of alcohol without bad, skin-damaging alcohols. As always, we only use nourishing, sustainable and effective ingredients!ffe!

Finally, say #staysober for a reason