If you look up alcohol in skin care, you’ll always find that fatty alcohols such as cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol portrayed in a very good light. In fact, they’re most probably described to be gentle and are considered as excellent conditioning agents and they’re a far cry from the regular drying alcohols like SD alcohol or alcohol denat. Really? Personally, I don’t think much about them and have often times, come against the ingredients although I do use products containing them, only because they’re widely used in many skin care products. Yes, I have a bone to pick about them and the last I wrote, such fatty alcohols can clog your pores. And something I just read about them: that fatty alcohols can cause skin irritations.
I was just reading an article from Daily Mail that discusses why chemical-based skincare and makeup are not so great for our skin. The topic is not something new but what caught my eye was that the article quoted doctors as warning that make-up full of chemicals could leave women with unsightly skin conditions. I found that quite a surprise, that some medical experts are actually leveling accusations against chemically formulated products, quite unlike what I’ve often been reading.
Alrighty, here are questions I get pretty often: can I use my BB cream as a sunscreen since it has SPF? Do I need to use a sunscreen with my BB cream? If you think my name is Viva, then yeah, you might have posed those questions to me or maybe you’re a BB cream user and you’re thinking about this now. So let me attempt to answer the questions and maybe what I’m about to unveil will help you decide.
While many ladies have been raving about the hydrating and moisturizing effects of hyaluronic acid in their skincare products, I found the results to be slightly dismal for me, especially in products containing a high amount of this ingredient. I didn’t experience the extreme hydration that many were gushing about; in fact, I actually had a minor breakout with those products. So I’ve been steering clear of products with this ingredient until recently when I encountered a few products that worked well for me even though they contained hyaluronic acid.