Glyceryn and your skin
What is glycerin?
Glycerin, also known as glycerol, is a natural component of the skin and has been widely used in the dry climate to give life and hydration to your skin.
As we grow old, our skin barrier system becomes weak and our skin losses its hydration mechanism. By applying the glycerin on your skin will help you to get rid of dryness, wrinkling, and itching. Your skin looks fresh, young, and full of life.
Glycerin has hygroscopic or humectant properties, by applying on the outer surface of the skin, it can attract and retain moisture on the skin and rejuvenate your dry and dehydrated skin. Researches have shown that the hydrating properties of glycerin can treat many skin conditions like atopic dermatitis, dry skin, and psoriasis. It also helps in wound healing. It is widely used in moisturizer creams, serum, oils, and cleansers.
Apart from moisturizing properties, glycerin also acts as a shield to protect your skin from external pollution, works with other ingredients to make your skin soft and smooth, helps other substances to enter the uppermost layer of the skin.
Why should glycerin be used with other substances?
Glycerin is effective in maintaining the hydration of your skin and reinforcing your skin barrier. Glycerin attracts moisture from the external atmosphere during a humid environment but during a dry environment, it attracts moisture from the deeper layer of the skin. As a result, the outer layer of your skin, epidermis, becomes plummy and hydrated, while the innermost layer dermis becomes dehydrated. So, the best way of using glycerin is to combine it with other ingredients like emollients.
Glycerin is also the natural component of the skin, so it is safe to use in all skin types and all age groups. Do consult your dermatologist if you suffer from any allergic reaction.