Glycerin

Category

Humectant

Ingredient

Glycerin

Definition

Category: Humectant

Type: Ingredient

Definition: Glycerin, also shown as glycerine and glycerol on the ingredient list, is also a humectant. It comes from plant sources, but can also be manufactured synthetically. This underappreciated ingredient appears at the top of many face washes, serums, and moisturizers and is most likely already a feature in your skincare regime.

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Benefits

  • Protects skin against environmental irritants
  • Helps dry skin appear more supple and smooth
  • Strengthens the barrier function of the skin
  • Works simultaneously with other ingredients to increase their productivity

Danger

  • N/A

Hint

A 2005 study has shown that glycerin levels correlate with skin hydration levels, so more glycerin means better hydrated skin.

Contraindications

N/A

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