Know Your Ingredients: Polyvinyl Alcohol

by Gio

polyvinyl alcohol

What it is
Polyvinyl Alcohol is a synthetic form of alcohol.

What it does
Polyvinyl Alcohol is very used in peel-off masks for its ability to form a thin layer of plastic on top of the skin so that these masks can be easily removed.
In addition, this ingredient can also thicken the oil portion of cosmetics.

Side effects
Polyvinyl Alcohol can irritate skin.

(Source: paulaschoice.com)

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2 comments

Aya March 5, 2011 - 1:29 pm

Thanks for this! I really like your know-your-ingredients posts. I’m a chemistry graduate and I think it’s very helpful of you to post stuff like this 😀

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beautifulwithbrains March 5, 2011 - 7:36 pm

Aya, aww thank you. I’m so glad you enjoy these posts and find them helpful 🙂

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