Methoxyethanol, also known as methyl cellosolve, is a chemical compound commonly used as a solvent in various industrial applications like cosmetics and skincare products. It's a colorless liquid with a slightly sweet odor and is often used to dissolve other ingredients or as a carrier for fragrances. While methoxyethanol has use as a solvent, it can cause skin and respiratory irritation, so it’s important to use products that contain methoxyethanol with caution and proper ventilation.
Methoxyethanol is a synthetic compound created through chemical processes and is not derived from natural sources. It's created through an ethylene oxide and methanol reaction.
Methoxyethanol is not well-tolerated on skin and can cause irritation, redness and other adverse reactions, especially when used in high concentrations.
Methoxyethanol is generally not used in skincare products. Methoxyethanol is a solvent used in some cosmetic products to remove makeup or nail polish.