Categories: Lipids


  • Hydration for Skin
  • Calming Skin Effects

Glycerin, also referred to as glycerol or glycerine, can originate from natural sources like plants and animals, or can be produced synthetically. Its physical attributes are strikingly similar to that of the skin, positioning glycerin as an essential ingredient in skincare. It is particularly valued for its skin-moisturizing and soothing properties.

Acting as a humectant, glycerin has an innate ability to attract moisture. When applied directly onto the skin, it boosts moisture retention, enhancing skin hydration. This hydration can also aid in reducing the discomfort from skin irritations.

Furthermore, glycerin has potential applications as a toner, moisturizer, and in treating dry skin, wrinkles, and scars. It's worth noting, though, that scientific backing for these applications is still pending.


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