Glycerine is one ingredient that has been used for generations due to its innumerable skin and hair benefits. It has the goodness of its own and when included in other products can act as an amazing by-product especially for winters.
Imagine, chilly winters with your favorite cup of coffee and then you notice how dry is your skin? It’s such a buzzkill, so let’s talk about how glycerine can be that one ingredient that will not only moisturize your skin but will give you many additional benefits.
Today we will try to answer the following questions from this Blog:
- What is Glycerine?
- What are the benefits of Glycerine during winters?
- Precautions of using Glycerine for skin.
- What is Vegetable Glycerine?
What is Glycerine?
Glycerine, also called glycerol, is a colourless, odourless, sweet-tasting liquid that has a very thick, viscous consistency. A by-product of the soap-making process, this sugar and alcohol organic compound, is derived from both plant and animal sources and is used extensively in the beauty and pharmaceutical industry for its many benefits for health and beauty.
Glycerine can be natural or synthetic. Natural glycerin is produced as a result of the hydrolysis of animal or vegetable fats. Hydrolysis is when a substance reacts to water and a chemical bond breaks down as a result. Synthetic glycerin is produced through chemical processes involving petroleum, propylene and chlorine.
5 Benefits of Glycerine
As a moisturizer
Glycerine is one of the most effective moisturizer as it helps your skin absorb moisture from the air. The clear liquid acts as a humectant (a substance that retains or preserves moisture) that stops the water in your skin from getting evaporated. Regular application of a glycerin moisturizer will always keep your skin feeling soft and hydrated.
Step 1. Make a glycerin moisturizer for yourself at home by adding two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice to 250 ml of glycerin.
Step 2. Apply this mixture to your face every night before retiring to bed so that you get dewy fresh skin in the morning.
If the idea of slathering your face with glycerin before you go to bed does not appeal to you, you could also apply it pre-bath and get results that are just as outstanding.
Have you looked into the mirror closely recently and been shaken by the first appearances of fine lines and wrinkles? Well, that is a natural process of ageing that you have to take in your stride. Age also brings about other skin conditions like dull, irritated, rough skin that lacks moisture. Well, there’s no need to panic just yet.
Start using glycerin and you’ll find the fine lines reducing over time because it moisturizes your skin and improves elasticity by filling in the tiny cracks in your skin. This is why glycerol has been used as a popular anti-ageing treatment over the years. Instead of applying plain glycerin, you will double the anti-ageing benefits by applying this mixture instead.
Step 1. Mix 3 Teaspoons Rosehip Oil.
Step 2. After that, mix in a teaspoon each of honey and glycerine.
Step 3. Slather it on your face using upward, circular strokes.
Step 4. Let it rest and wash off after 20 minutes.
Anybody who has ever suffered from acne will know what a nightmare it can be with many of the regular over-the-counter applications often failing to work. If you are one of those persons who is looking for a solution to her acne woes, then you can add glycerin to your beauty arsenal. Glycerine has been shown to reduce the incidence of acne. Apply this paste to your face daily and you will soon see the results.
Step 1. Mix a tablespoon of glycerin, half a tablespoon of borax powder that is easily available at a chemist, and a little camphor with a glass of distilled water.
Step 2. Once a smooth paste has been made, apply it to your face and allow it to dry.
Step 3. Wash it off with ice-cold water to remove the residue and close the pores of your skin.
There’s nothing that looks as unsightly as blackheads. And sometimes, no amount of facials and OTC treatments can get rid of these blackheads. Well, help is at hand because glycerine is one of those wonder products that affect blackheads as well. Here's a homemade blackhead removal treatment that works.
Step 1. Take a tablespoon of Multani mitti or Fuller’s earth, four tablespoons of coarsely ground almond powder and two teaspoons of glycerine.
Step 2. Mix it all, apply a thin layer on the affected region and let it dry.
Step 3. Wash off and see how the blackheads do a disappearing act.
As a de-tan solution
You can use glycerine as a mild sunscreen because it acts as a barrier against the harmful rays of the sun and environmental pollutants while sealing in the moisture. And if you have already got tanned, glycerine can help you get back to your original complexion by removing the dirt and impurities clogged in your pores and lightening your complexion. Try this easy-peasy homemade mask to brighten up your skin tone in a jiffy.
Step 1. Just grab an overripe banana, mash it up nicely and add a tablespoon of glycerin to it.
Step 2. Mix it all up till it’s a nice gloopy paste.
Step 3. Slather it liberally on your face and leave it on like a mask for about 10-15 minutes.
Step 4. Wash it off and find your face all glowing and bright.
Precautions of Using Glycerine:
- Don’t use glycerine directly on oily skin. Always dilute it preferably with rose water.
- Never use glycerine in large quantities.
- Do not leave it on the skin for a long time.
- Make sure you wash your face well as glycerine might attract dust and pollution due to its sticky nature.
- Use glycerine during winters for best results.
What is Vegetable Glycerine?
A Vegetable Glycerine, or glycerol, is derived from plant sources like palm oil, soy, or coconut oil. Vegetable glycerin is used in a large number of cosmetic, food and medicinal products. Glycerin can also be derived from animal sources.
Wishcare’s Pure & Unscented Vegetable Glycerine is a 100% Vegan Product, which comes in a 250 gm pump bottle that is highly recommended for matching your skin goals! It’s silky, non-sticky and absorbs fast, making it the ideal moisturizing ingredient.