Alcohol-based skin-care products have become quite popular because of its cooling and refreshing properties. Alcohols, particularly the fatty alcohols are highly used in making moisturizers to keep your skin soft and smoother. In Islam, the use of alcohol is strictly prohibited for the Muslims as it's mentioned in the Quran: “O you who believe! Alcohol (khamr), gambling, the dedication of stones, and divination by arrows are an abomination (impure) of Shaytan’s handiwork. So abstain from such (abomination) that you may prosper.” (al-An’am, 90)
However, not all types of alcohol are declared as haram. There are fatty alcohols such as Cetyl, Cetearyl, and stearyl that are volatile, light-weight and don't pose any damage to your skin. The real question is how can you make sure which type of Alcohol is permissible or not? Below are some alcohols that you should look out for.
1) Cetyl Alcohol
Cetyl Alcohol is a long-chain alcohol that's used as a thickener or emulsifier as it becomes a solid form of wax at room temperature. Hence, it's used in the production of cosmetics. Although you can’t consume this type of alcohol, it can be applied topically on the skin, making it permissible as well as skin-friendly.
2) Cetearyl Alcohol
Cetearyl alcohol is similar to cetyl alcohol that is a white and flaky solid made from the combination of stearyl and cetyl alcohol, which naturally occurs in animals. In its original form, it can't be consumed. Thus, it's completely halal to use in lotions, creams and other makeup products.
3) Ethyl Alcohol
Lastly, this type of alcohol is used in perfumes and aftershave lotions. It can easily be absorbed through your skin and transfused into your blood, which circulates in all parts of the body. Since taking alcohol orally is prohibited, if this type of intoxicant is found in your blood, it's declared as haram. Ethyl Alcohol is used in liquid cosmetics so make sure you carefully check the ingredients of the products before buying.
Finding Alcohol-free skin-care products can be a huge struggle. At Hebeloft, we recommend Skylake Cleansing Mix Powder. Made from chemical-free halal ingredients, this facial product can deeply exfoliate your skin and peel off layers of dead skin cells. It comes in the form of capsules, making it easy to carry around with you. Soon enough, you'll find your pores and pigmentation getting diminished in no time.