There are alcohols and then there are alcohols, especially when it comes to skin care ingredients. Chemically, alcohols are carbon chains with a functional hydroxyl (OH) group attached. On an ingredients list they will usually be the ones ending in an “ol”, as in ethanol, methanol, panthenol. While alcohols are used in skin care for their anti-bacterial properties alcohols like isopropyl alcohol, SD alcohol and ethanol can be drying and irritating to the skin. However, the fatty alcohols are a different category altogether, with some definitely offering skin benefits such as skin permeation, moisture retention and anti-aging support. Fatty alcohols are a mixed bag, though, as even ones known to be beneficial can cause skin irritation and should be used with caution.
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Marie Veronique Nadeau founded Marie Veronique Organics over 10 years ago and is a nationally recognized formulator and beauty expert. She collaborates with her daughter, Jay Nadeau, physicist and bio-medical engineer, to carefully choose each ingredient in her products to address the causes of aging at the source. Marie holds a BS in Math and Chemistry as well as an esthetics license from Paris Beauty College. She is a mother of 2 and a grandmother of one. When she is not developing cutting edge anti-aging products, she can be found reading at her local library or foraging for mushrooms with her granddaughter.
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