Have you ever looked at the ingredients on a skin moisturizer and seen the ingredient glycerin or glycerol?
Do you know what it is? Glycerin (also called glycerol) is used to treat skin irritations and is also great with helping to moisturize your skin.
But are you aware it’s good for much more than these common uses? I’m going to share with you the benefits of using glycerin.
Here are all the benefits of glycerin:
1. Smooths Skin
You can purchase glycerin by itself. When doing this, apply it on a cotton ball and gently rub it over your face.
The glycerin will fill any cracks you may have in your skin which can be brought on with age and sun damage. It will make your face feel smoother upon application.
2. Add Moisture
Glycerin is most commonly used as a moisturizer. When applying it to your face, you’ll feel your skin hydrate upon application.
If you’re struggling with dry or rough skin, glycerin could put the moisture back into to help your skin feel smoother and more hydrated quickly.
3. Attracts Water
Glycerin has an ingredient in it which draw water out of the air. This is great at maintaining your skin's moisture.
But the coolest fact is once glycerin draws water to your skin, it will lock moisture in place. Therefore, you won’t lose the moisture the glycerin is bringing in, and this helps your skin to remain hydrated.
4. Protector of Your Skin
Our skin has multiple layers. The outer layer is known as the epidermis or epidermal layer of our skin. When applying glycerin, it helps to thicken this layer of the skin.
This protects the skin from damage from outside elements and toxins. It also makes it difficult for unhealthy toxins to make their way into our bodies while maintaining the moisture inside the skin.
5. Brings Healing to Skin
Glycerin is a fantastic product. When our body becomes damaged, our body begins the healing process. Glycerin has a way of guiding the new cells to where they should go to heal the damaged cells.
Basically, it speeds up the healing process. It can also help with skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, while also working on fungal infections too.
6. Keeps a Youthful Appearance
When our skin becomes deprived of moisture it can begin to peel, droop, sag, and do a bunch of other ugly things which makes us appear older.
However, if you apply glycerin to your skin, it can put the moisture back into your skin which can help you to keep a more youthful appearance.
7. Anti-Inflammatory Help with Skin Irritations
Glycerin has anti-inflammatory properties. Which is great because we know our bodies become inflamed where there’s damage.
By applying glycerin (and its anti-inflammatory properties), it will encourage your skin to heal quicker than if left to heal on its own.
8. Helps Baby Cells to Grow
The outer layer of our skin is the oldest part of our skin. New skin cells are formed beneath the layer of skin we see.
Glycerin encourages baby cells to mature which means new cells will continue to be made. By promoting this natural process, it keeps our skin looking vibrant instead of faded.
9. Helps Your Skin Bounce Back
Elasticity is a big thing when it comes to avoiding wrinkles. If our skin keeps its elasticity, you’ll most likely have fewer wrinkles.
When using glycerin on a regular basis, it can improve the elasticity in your skin and keep you looking younger, longer.
10. Can Clean and Tone All Skin Types
If you have oily skin, you may cringe at the idea of putting anything on your face which will add more moisture.
However, glycerin is known as a good way to clean your face and has a way of balancing even oily skin. It can hold in moisture without leaving your face feeling greasy.
11. Battles the Sun
It probably doesn’t surprise you at this point to know glycerin is used in many sunscreens. One of the benefits of glycerin is that it can fight damage caused when we’re exposed to too many damaging rays from the sun.
But if you use glycerin (or sunscreen with glycerin), it can help to undo sun damage which has left your skin looking uneven. It takes time, but if used regularly, it can improve your skin tone.
12. Helps Flush the Body
It’s a personal matter, but if you’re struggling to go to the bathroom, speak with your doctor about taking a glycerin enema. Make sure you aren’t allergic to it, to avoid negative side effects.
But by taking such an enema, it allows your body to retain more water which will help the bowels to function and make using the restroom easier.
13. The Hospitals Use It Too
Hopefully, you won’t have to experience glycerin being used on you in a hospital setting, but if you suffer from a stroke or another medical issue where your brain swells, the hospital will turn to glycerin in many cases.
They give it to the patient through an IV, but it can help with reducing swelling in your brain. It can help save a patient’s life in a critical situation.
14. Can Help with Winter Lips
Other benefits of glycerin are it's great for use on winter-time chapped lips. We all get them, and they hurt, can crack, and don’t look becoming either.
If everything you’re doing isn’t working, give glycerin a try. Because of its ability to retain moisture, it can help soothe your lips too.
A Few Tips
Glycerin is a great product. It’s wise to check with your doctor before using this product because some people do have adverse reactions to it.
Also, be sure you apply glycerin in small amounts (especially for oily skin) and wash your face thoroughly after each use because it can make your face feel clammy.
If you like the feeling and benefits of glycerin but don’t enjoy the way your skin feels when it’s left on for too long, consider diluting it with water before each application.
Glycerin has many amazing benefits. It can help your skin feel much softer and better cared for. Plus, it can help to change your appearance over time to where you look younger and have healthier skin.