Usually, when it comes to looking at specific skincare ingredients, you will find that most are for targeted skincare concerns. Previously, our ingredient focus pieces here on the Mankind blog have been based on ingredients which are most effective for very specific skin issues and skin types. However, we’re talking about the skincare miracle worker which is Glycerin this time which is known for being suitable for us on almost any skin type. With our ingredient guides, there’ll be no more spending hours trying to choose the best product for you skin concerns again!
What is Glycerin?
Otherwise known as glycerol or glycerine, glycerin is a skin repairing ingredient which is found in all natural lipids (fats) such as animal or vegetable fats. It is an organic sugar-alcohol compound which is composed of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen. This thick, colourless and odourless liquid is sweet to taste and due to its natural source, it’s also non-toxic (but we do recommend you don’t eat it and do just use it on your skin). There really isn’t much that this skincare saviour can’t do so it would be a sin to not include glycerin in our ingredient focus series!
What Does Glycerin in Skincare Do?
Glycerin is absolutely incredible in skincare and it has so many uses. A presence of glycerin in the inter-cellular layers of your skin helps other skin lipids do their jobs better, resulting in overall better quality of the skin. When present in your skincare, glycerin is excellent for helping skin to heal, reducing associated dermatitis and restoring normal barrier function if used on an ongoing basis within your daily skincare routine. Glycerin can be used as a cleanser, toner, moisturiser, acne treatment, blackhead treatment, dry skin treatment, anti-ageing wrinkle treatment and scar removal substance. Along with all of these uses, it is also effective in skin lightening which is great for pigmentation, healing cracked heels, making hands smooth and it can also be used on sensitive skin as well as baby’s skin. Glycerin really is the superhero of the skincare world!