Pick up any skincare or hair product off of the shelf and you’ll find nearly all of them contain alcohol. However, for many people, this ingredient can actually do more harm than good. According to dermatologist Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald, “Isopropyl alcohol [is] used to stabilize formulations and increase the penetration of certain ingredients into the skin. The bad news is that [it] can dry the skin in the process and be irritating.” She suggests that people with dry or sensitive skin or conditions such as eczema or rosacea, should use alternatives than are sans booze. Anthony Pazos, hair stylist and star of LA Hair says ditto for your mane, “We have all heard the advice that it is best to avoid the use of products that contain alcohol, as it can be drying to the hair. This is especially true for those with curly hair, which has the tendency to need all the moisture it can get.”
From head to toe, here are some of our favorite alcohol-free products.
Gel Cleanser Anti-Aging for Her/Him (SimySkin, $45)
If you have sensitive skin and use a cleanser with alcohol, you are probably irritating your face twice a day. So, it’s especially important to go alcohol-free for this one. SimySkin’s Gel Cleanser is appropriate for all skin types, even acne prone.
Pore Minimize and Mattify Skin Tonic (Replere, $42)
This product does so much. It minimizes the appearance of pores, brown spots and shine. Vegan, paraben and dye-free, it exfoliates with some of nature’s best ingredients, vitamins A and E, green tea and coffee fruit.
Supreme Radiance Complexion Booster (Peter Lamas, $44)
This product is a rare find, because it contains retinol and salicylic acid, making it a great choice for people concerned with both aging and acne (which is basically everyone).
HydroGLO Serum (Beauty Bioscience, $95)
HyrdoGLO is a serious anti-aging serum designed to stimulate collagen production with retinol and vitamins B, C, and E. It can be used alone or along with the line’s microneedeling tool, which makes this product absorb 200 times more.
FruitBoost Smoothie Body Scrub, Peach Mango (Zest, $4.99)
Body scrubs are helpful for people with dryness because exfoliated skin better absorbs moisture. Zest’s uses apricot seeds as a natural exfoliator and smells like a delightful (virgin) cocktail.
Coconut Balm (Kopari, $32)
With a scent reminiscent of a vacation in a tube, this balm soothes dry skin all over your body, hands and feet with natural coconut oil.
Repair You Repairing Mask (BLNDN, $48)
Dealing with dry hair takes enough time. Luckily, BLNDN’s mask works in just 3-5 minutes. But, it’s more than just a quick fix, it really penetrates the hair.
Scent & Shine Brassica Seed Oil (Madame C.J. Walker Beauty Culture, $26)
If you’re already using oil, chances are your hair is dry. This one is extra hydrating and smells like a cup cake.
EverStyle Alcohol-Free™ Strong Hold Styling Spray (L’Oreal, $6.99)
Most hairsprays are basically a bottle of hair booze. However, this one will keep your tresses held and moisturized.