Monday, December 21, 2009

What is the purpose of Alcohol Isopropyl in beauty products?

Dangerous synthetic chemicals used in every day personal care products.

Isopropyl Alcohol is a very drying and irritating solvent and dehydrator that strips your skin's natural acid mantle, making us more vulnerable to bacteria, moulds and viruses. It is made from propylene, a petroleum derivative and it may promote brown spots and premature aging of skin.

Why use Alcohol Isopropyl in beauty products?

It is commonly used as a solvent in hair care products. It is extremely damaging to eyes and is a well known skin irritant. Isopropanol is also a potent central nervous system depressant and large amounts can lead to renal failure. It is an animal carcinogen and teratogen.

Data adapted from 'Dangerous Beauty' by Peter Dingle and Toni Brown.

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