Good and Bad Alcohols in Skin Care
Alcohol is one of the most misunderstood ingredients in general skin care. It's something many people are concerned and wary of, and with good reason. To most people the word 'alcohol' means ethanol, but in the world of chemistry, the word alcohol is used to describe any compound that contains an Oxygen/Hydrogen pairing (-OH group) bound to a carbon atom, which in turn is bound to other hydrogen and/or carbon atoms.
These compounds are found in different forms with varying properties. Some alcohols can have potentially harmful effects, e.g. ethanol, denatured alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, methanol, benzyl alcohol, etc. and should be used with caution in personal care products.
Such types of volatile alcohols are known to give a quick-drying finish making products feel lighter, an aspect that appeals to many individuals with oily skin. They, however, can disturb the skin's natural acid mantle, causing dryness, irritation and possibly generating free radicals that lead to skin damage.
Other alcohols like tocopherol (Vitamin E), Cetearyl alcohol and retinol (Vitamin A) are good, nourishing and exceptionally beneficial for the skin. These alcohols are often thick oils or solid fats, derived from organic sources.
KINeSYS non-aerosol, pump spray sunscreens are enriched with Tocopherol (Vitamin E), an effective antioxidant that protects the skin from environmental pollution and prevents moisture loss, thereby increasing the natural moisture content of the skin.
Alcohol makes its way into most chemical sunscreens because it makes them appear less greasy and helps other ingredients like retinol and vitamin C absorb into the skin more effectively. Unfortunately, it does this by dehydrating your skin and eroding its protective barrier an issue that causes more problems than benefits.
KINeSYS alcohol-free sunscreens are ultra-gentle. When we refer to our products as 'alcohol-free,' it means they do not contain harmful alcohols such as ethanol/ethyl alcohol and alcohol denatured. Additionally, KINeSYS Performance Sunscreen comes with broad-spectrum UVA and UVB defense to protect the whole family from the harmful sun's rays all year round.
Benefits of Using Alcohol-free Sunscreens
Alcohol-based sunscreens are drying and destructive. They harm your skin's protective surface and depletes vital substances needed for healthy skin. In addition, alcohol can stimulate oil production as the immediate de-greasing effect is eventually counteracted by the overproduction of oil that causes clogging of pores.
Aerosol Spray Sunscreens vs. Pump Spray Sunscreen
Convenient spray-on sunscreens have been a favorite since the early 1990s. Aerosol spray sunscreens often contain alcohol that allows them to dry quickly. However, coverage is often compromised because much of the fine mist never reaches the skin.
Pump-action, non-aerosol spray sunscreens like KINeSYS provide the same convenience of a spray-on sunscreen while offering even distribution, maximum coverage and are not cold on application.
KINeSYS spray sunscreens are:
- enriched by Vitamin E to make it friendly for all skin types
Focusing on the needs of sensitive skin, KINeSYS aerosol-free spray sunscreen is also:
Try KINeSYS SPF 50 Fragrance Free Spray Sunscreen, our highest level of protection, with an alcohol-free and oil-free formula. Available in 120ml bottle delivering 700+ sprays and a convenient 30ml bottle with 170+ sprays - the perfect size for pocket or bag.
Best Sunscreen for Acne
Acne-prone and/or oily skin still needs a daily application of sunscreen to protect is from the sun's harmful UV rays. It can be tempting to use alcohol-based sun-screen for its immediate matte finish that essentially helps in de-greasing the oil slick.
People with acne should, however, be wary of sunscreen that contains alcohol, because these can strip your skin of its natural oils leading to accelerated oil production and pore blockage.
The best sunscreen for acne-prone skin is one labelled 'non-comedogenic', meaning that they do not block pores. KINeSYS Sunscreens are non-comedogenic making it the ideal sunscreen for acne-prone and oily skin.
KINeSYS SPF 30 Fragrance Free Spray Sunscreen is an excellent everyday sunscreen for acne-prone skin. Available in large 120ml bottle with 700+ sprays and a convenient compact 30ml bottle delivering 170+ sprays, perfectly sized for reapplication throughout the day.
How to Apply Alcohol-free Sunscreen
The lack of alcohol in KINeSYS Spray Sunscreen means it needs to dry naturally. Be patient, as the alcohol and oil-free formula will only take 1 – 2 minutes to dry to a smooth, silky finish. Watch the video and see detailed instructions below.
Apply Sunscreen 15 Minutes Before Sun Exposure
You should apply your aerosol-free spray sunscreen 15 minutes before sun exposure. This allows the sunscreen to absorb thoroughly into the skin. It's especially important if you expect to sweat or are participating in water-related activities.
Coat Your Skin Thoroughly
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, most people only apply 25-50% of the recommended amount of sunscreen. Be generous and re-apply often for it to be effective. Also, spray using a swiping motion to assist with application.
Rub Your Sunscreen In – Even if it's a Spray
One of the biggest mistakes people make with spray sunscreen is neglecting to rub the sunscreen in fully. Don't be fooled by the spread of the spray; it still should be rubbed into your skin. Make sure you apply your sunscreen generously and evenly, and to always rub it in to ensure even and adequate coverage.
Be Aware of Wind Direction
If you're using spray sunscreen, be aware of any wind and the wind direction. Apply sunscreen in a sheltered area before exposure to the sun.
Never Spray Sunscreen Directly to Face
You should never spray sunscreen directly onto your face. Instead, spray sunscreen into your hands and rub onto your face. Don't forget sensitive spots like the top of your ears!
Reapply Your Sunscreen Regularly
Make sure to reapply your KINeSYS pump spray sunscreen at least every 2 hours or every 80 minutes when sweating or swimming. You should also reapply immediately after towel-drying, as this tends to rub much of your sunscreen off.
Wear Sunscreen Even on Cloudy Days
Even if you can't see the sun shining, that doesn't mean it isn't doing damage. UV rays can still penetrate through thick clouds and cause damage to your skin. Make sure you wear sunscreen outdoors, whether you're spending the day in the sun or not even on days when it's cloudy
Protecting your skin from sun damage goes far beyond applying a coat of sunscreen. While this is undoubtedly a crucial step in your skin-care routine, not all sunscreens are created equal.
Now that you know the damaging effects of alcohol-based sunscreen, make sure you keep your skin healthy and pampered with a skin-friendly sunscreen that doesn't strip your skin of its natural oils.
Explore our alcohol-free KINeSYS Spray Sunscreen Sunscreen range.