There is much controversy about the use of alcohol in skin care products. For many the use of any alcohol at all is completely out of order. Others say that although ethyl alcohol is damaging to the skin, using alcohols made from substances such as coconut oil or lanolin have a higher level of safety.
People concerned about applying alcohol to their skin, can use freshly prepared skin treatments at home, have specialists apply them, or seek out commercial skin care products that contain no alcohol or synthetic chemicals.
An article by Stuart Thomson as Director of the Gaia Research Institute comes out strongly against the use of ethyl alcohol in skin care products, particularly those described as being “organic” and “natural”. He points out that although alcohol is a natural product, it is in fact the toxic waste product of fermentation – playing no active role in healthy cell functioning.
High concentrations of ethyl alcohol in skin care products can be cytotoxic.
Concentrations of alcohol between 10% and 35% can be antibacterial, and antifungal. The article points out that when alcohol is used in this way, it’s effects are only short term, as the alcohol evaporates, or gets metabolized by the body. In fact, recent research has shown that the most effective hand wash to rid the hands of germs and residual debris is to use a regular bar of soap with plenty of hot water.
The article says that whereas alcohol might help reduce the number of toxic cells in the body, it non selectively kills healthy tissue as well.
Alcohol is a catalyst in the development of cancers and tumors. The acetaldehyde produced when alcohol is metabolized by the body is the main factor causing tissue and DNA damage.
Safer alcohol based skin products are said to be those based on coconut oil – Cetyl alcohol and Stearyl alcohol – with Cetearyl alcohol used as an emulsifier. The oils in the coconut offset the drying effects of alcohol.
The purpose of including alcohol in skin care products is that it assists penetration of the skin barrier, and is a preservative. Some organic skin care products do not use alcohol or synthetic substances, and so are more user friendly to the skin.
Alcohol dries the skin, and can cause irritation. Alcohol and vitamin A is a bad combination. Alcohol prevents metabolism of Vitamin A, and having less available Vitamin A contributes to premature aging and wrinkles.
Too much Vitamin A caused by alcohol interfering with its metabolism – can lead to Vitamin A toxicity.
All types of vitamin deficiency caused by alcohol lead to general lethargy, and an unhealthy complexion.
Alcohol dilates blood vessels and so causes the red, flushed face of the chronic alcoholic. Liver function is adversely affected by alcohol drinking. If the liver is sluggish in removing toxins from the blood, these might be excreted in sweat, through the skin, causing the skin to look dull and unhealthy, rather than fresh and glowing.
Combining alcohol with nicotine when drinking and smoking cigarettes intensifies the aging effects of both drugs, with cigarette smoking increasing tension lines and wrinkles around the mouth. Nicotine smoking discolors the teeth. Alcohol drinking tends to cause weakening of the tooth enamel, gum disease and halitosis.
Alcohol drinking can exacerbate the appearance of skin disorders such as rosacea, psoriasis, acne, and eczema.
Alcohol as a topical preparation, and alcoholism are detrimental to wound healing. Better than alcohol to avoid septic skin conditions is the highly regarded juice of the aloe vera plant for the healing of cuts and abrasions.
People looking for skin care products to enhance the appearance of their skin need to consider that a heathy skin is more or less a reflection of good health within.
Good food, sleep, exercise and a stress free life will help to make your skin look healthy and fresh. Using natural alcohol free skin products will enhance the appearance of your skin. Abstinence from alcohol drinking with enhance the health of your body.
Stress reduction can help to relieve skin disorders such as rosacea, and psoriasis – prolific acne is said to be promoted by underlying anger and tension. Harmony within the body brings natural good looks and an absence of wrinkles.
Both alcohol drinking and cigarette smoking stress the body and cause disorders of the skin, contributing to an aged appearance, wrinkles and tension lines on the face. Topical applications to improve appearance work best when attention is given to comprehensive good health in the body, and stress reduction in the mind.
People who feel that they are depleting their body of its health and good looks by too much alcohol drinking can get help to stop drinking, regain their peace of mind by using a comprehensive, drug free and completely natural alcohol recovery program.
Using the low heat sauna detox as part of a comprehensive alcohol recovery program helps you to detox from alcohol – and provides healthy, natural skin care.