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Understanding the Benefits of Glycerine for Skin Health

Understanding the Benefits of Glycerine for Skin Health

Glycerine is a common ingredient in many different skincare products available. But what benefit can we get from glycerine for skin care products? This article gives you an idea of the many benefits it lends.

What is Glycerine?

Glycerine, or what other people know as glycerol, is a naturally occurring colorless and odorless sweet syrupy liquid. This trihydroxy sugar alcohol is taken from vegetable or animal fats, which can either be natural or synthetic.

Natural glycerine is created by hydrolyzing the said animal or vegetable fats. On the other hand, chemical processes involving other substances like petroleum, propylene, and chlorine aid in the production of synthetic glycerine.

It works wonders with its 1,500 well-regarded uses such as:

  • Humectant
  • Solvent
  • Emollient
  • Sweetener
  • Bodying agent
  • Preservative
  • Filler in low-fat foods
  • Alcohol-free solvent for botanical extracts, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical agents
  • Thickening agent in liqueurs
  • Hydrating agent in sports and energy drinks, as well as in meat casings, cellophane, and cosmetics

All these can be found in products ranging from cosmetics to food. But, nowadays, people are much interested in the value of glycerine for skin.

3 Benefits of Glycerine for Skin

Glycerine for skin which is used in products such as cleansers, toners, sunscreens, and moisturizers offers many good things for consumers. Here are a few of those benefits.

It Helps Moisturize the Skin

At the top of the list is how glycerine provides expceptional moisture.

A number of scientific studies show the efficiency and effectiveness of glycerine moisturizing and hydrating the skin. Research published in the Asian Journal of Beauty and Cosmetology compared glycerine-containing creams to creams without the said substance. Scientists revealed that creams having both glycerine and silicone oil on the ingredient list had the highest moisturizing value and maintained the longest duration of hydration. This is in comparison to those without it. Moreover, the cream containing glycerine performed better in terms of increasing skin hydration and decreasing water loss.

It Keeps the Skin Young and Supple

Another benefit of glycerine for skin goes hand in hand with the first one. Locking your skin with moisture also keeps the skin supple, giving you that healthy and youthful glow.

The moisture on the dermis (top layer of the skin) from this humectant reduces the appearance of wrinkles and keeps the skin soft and smooth.

A study from the Journal of Investigative Dermatology suggests that it may also aid in the proper maturation of skin cells. Glycerine facilitates the movement of young skin cells from the deepest layers to the surface, where they establish the skin barrier. As a result, it improves the overall appearance, texture, and function of the skin.

Furthermore, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends using a facial moisturizer every day and gently cleansing your skin to prevent premature skin aging.

Glycerine is ideal for gentle cleaning and moisturizing as it does not strip the natural oils from your face.

It Helps with Acne and Other Skin Conditions

Glycerine is an oil-free and non-comedogenic substance, thus it won’t clog your pores that would cause further breakouts.

Because the aim is to heal acne, some ingredients in acne cleansers and moisturizers tend to get too strong and harsh for the skin. Hence, it may lead to aggravating the inflammation and irritation. Good thing, glycerine for skin can aid in the improvement of the skin minus the negative side effects from harsher skincare products. It also demonstrates some antimicrobial properties to aid the healing.

In addition to that, people with dry skin can greatly benefit from glycerine in a skincare tub as it can help hydrate the skin when it is dry, damaged, or cracked. It could treat skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, as well as heal wounds caused by cracked skin.

Key Takeaway

In general, glycerine for skin promotes skin health by locking in moisture, speeding up the process of wound healing and protecting the skin from other irritants. Whether you have oily, dry, or even sensitive skin, glycerine for skin can help you achieve moisturized and soft skin.

Learn more about Skin care and Cleansing here.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Sources

11 Ways to Reduce Premature Skin Aging, https://www.aad.org/public/everyday-care/skin-care-secrets/anti-aging/reduce-premature-aging-skin Accessed December 17, 2021

Glycerin – Handling/Processing, https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/Glycerin%20Petition%20to%20remove%20TR%202013.pdf Accessed December 17, 2021

Glycerine May Help Skin Disease, Study Finds, https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/12/031203075525.htm Accessed December 17, 2021

The Effect of Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid and Silicone Oil on the Hydration, Moisturization and Transepidermal Water Loss in Human Skin – 

Seung Bin Kwon, Ghang Tai Lee, Seong Jin Choi, Na Kyeong Lee, Hyun Woo Park, Kwang Sik Lee, Kun Kook Lee, Kyu Joong Ahn, and In Sook An, http://www.e-ajbc.org/m/journal/view.php?number=640 Accessed December 17, 2021

Glycerol and the skin: holistic approach to its origin and functions – J.W. Fluhr,R. Darlenski,C. Surber, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/j.1365-2133.2008.08643.x Accessed December 17, 2021 

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Written by Fiel Tugade Updated 3 weeks ago
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