The 5 benefits of Glycerin in your skincare

Glycerin may be a term you've heard of when it comes to skincare but you might not know how this fabulous ingredient benefits your skin. Whilst moisture boosters such as hyaluronic acid get a lot of the limelight, glycerin is super effective and one that you should have on your skincare ingredients radar.

Here is a guide to glycerin, five key benefits, and how to find skincare products that contain this effective ingredient. 

What Is Glycerin?

Glycerin is a naturally occurring compound in the body and when used in vegan skincare it is usually derived from plant based oils. Vegetable fats such as soya bean are heated under pressure and glycerin is formed as a liquid splits from the fatty acids of the oils. 

The beauty industry commonly uses glycerin as a moisturiser for the skin. It's known as a humectant, a type of agent that helps draw water into your skin's outer layers. Humectants such as glycerin help keep moisture in the skin and pull water from deeper layers of the skin to the outer layer. Glycerin also helps draw in moisture from the air to provide skin with further hydration. Due to its low molecular weight, glycerin is able to penetrate deeply into the skin and improve moisture levels at deeper levels than other humectants.

Glycerin can be found in your moisturisers, cleansers, and serums, next time you are shopping for skincare products make sure it is one the ingredients list. 

Benefit #1: Moisturising Properties

Do you want to know the secret on how to prevent dry skin? Glycerin is an excellent compound for providing hydration to the most outer layers of skin. It draws in moisture and traps it within the skin surface. Glycerin plays a key role in maintaining skin’s moisture balance, helping it to feel smooth and comfortable.  

Glycerin also acts as a barrier against moisture loss. Using a cream or serum containing glycerin can protect against water evaporation and keep skin feeling hydrated, even during dry, cold, winter months. Product containing glycerin are particularly great for dry skin.

Benefit #2: Healing Properties

Glycerin has natural properties that can boost the body's internal repair process for wounds, cracked and damaged skin. Glycerin is also effective in preventing dryness and protecting and reinforcing skin's protective barrier.

Glycerin can also protect the skin against external damage from environmental pollution that can age and dry the skin. Glycerin is also great in cleansers because it helps prevent the skin from getting stripped and dried out.

Benefit #3: Sensitive Skin

Glycerin is a safe product for use on the skin. It is non-toxic and hypoallergenic and it is it suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Glycerin works for all skin types and it is rare for someone to develop any sort of sensitisation to glycerin. Glycerin is also suitable for breakout-prone skin. 

That makes glycerin the perfect option for delicate skin areas that need care and attention, such as the face and neck. 

Benefit #4: Vegan Glycerin

Glycerin can be obtained from both plant and animal sources.  Common plant sources include soybeans but animal-derived tallow is another source. Glycerin can also be produced synthetically from propylene. 

If you want to be sure your glycerin is derived from plants then look for skincare that is vegan certified. Five Dot Botanics uses plant based ingredients and everything we create is vegan certified. 

Benefit #5: Youthful Skin

If you are looking for a product that can offer anti-ageing benefits, glycerin is an intelligent choice. Glycerin can prevent loss of skin elasticity and dryness, two common factors that can lead to wrinkles. 

Glycerin is particularly effective as an anti-ageing product in the delicate skin areas around the eyes. Glycerin can also help maturing skin look and function better by helping skin cells mature properly and helping plump the skin making lines and wrinkles less noticeable.

Choosing The Right Glycerin Products

Five Dot use premium glycerin from soya beans to give our beauty products the highest quality moisturising effect.

You can find glycerin in many of our moisturising products, such as our Full Bright renewal eye serum, Calm Shift cleansing balm and Pure Rewind face mask. You can shop our Glycerin-edit here.

Boost Your Skincare Routine With Glycerin

Choosing the best beauty products for your skin can seem overwhelming sometimes.

With a bit of knowledge of core beauty ingredients, such as glycerin, you can start discovering how to moisturise properly and give your skin the results you are after. 

Please browse through our Glycerin-edit here, and start to experience some of the benefits of glycerin for yourself. 

July 20, 2021 — Katherine Livings