So you must have heard the word ‘Glycerine’ many or at least few times from people around you.
And if you haven’t, no worries! I’ll let you know almost all about it! ;)
Glycerin is a humectant; it attracts moisture from the surrounding to your skin. This means that it holds moisture in the skin, making it an effective ingredient for skin care, particularly for dry skin.
Glycerin can be found in many skin care products, including facial lotion, crème, exfoliant and some makeup.
If you are living in extremely dry weather, pure glycerin can take out moisture from your skin if it does not find moist/ humidity in external environment. Hence whenever you want to use glycerin, just make sure you add few drops of filtered water/rose water so it can absorb.
Glycerin is hygroscopic, which means it absorbs water from the air. Hence, it is a must if you have dry skin.
Glycerin fills in microscopic voids and cracks in the surface of dry skin. It makes your face appear smoother and healthier.
Because glycerin helps retain moisture and fills in voids in dry skin, it helps protect the face by maintaining the integrity of the outermost layer of skin. A study reported in the April 2001 "International Journal of Cosmetic Science" confirmed that glycerin has a beneficial effect on the skin barrier, keeping it hydrated.
Glycerin is added to many products including facial creams to make them thicker and smoother so that they are easier to apply and feel more luxurious. Glycerin helps stabilize emulsions, mixtures of water and oil.
Here is how to use glycerin according to your skin type:
Add 1 teaspoon of glycerin to 2 teaspoon of water. Apply it on your face, neck using cotton ball (including lips and upper & lower eyelashes) take steam for 5-7 minutes.
Wash your face with cold water.
- Add to face pack:
If you are afraid to use face packs as it can dry your skin more, just add few drops of glycerin + water preferably rose water to face pack and then apply.
Keep for desirable time and wash out. (It does not let face pack dry completely and provides moisture)
Add few drops in your moisturizer cream and apply.
- Homemade moisturizer:
Take 3 tbsp of glycerin with 3tbsp of rose water and store it in a clean bottle. Use it as a moisturizer whenever required for your face, hand and feet. You can alter the ratio according to your requirement
If you are facing problem of breakouts or acne clean your face with glycerin with some rose water added to it.
Take 3 tbsp of glycerin with 3tbsp of rose water add 1 lemon juice into the mixture and store it in a clean bottle. Use it as a moisturizer.
If you have severe pimples stay away from glycerin for your face because if it can hydrate your face, it can give moisture to your pimples as well.
- If you still want to use it, apply it carefully avoiding pimples and take steam or just keep for 10-15 minutes then rinse well with cold water.
- This type of skin require very little hydration. So whenever you apply glycerin, keep it no more than 5 minutes.
- Mix glycerin with water. Apply on your face and take steam for 3-5 minutes. Done! J
Tips and warnings:
- This is only for HYDRATION.
- It is not for any other purpose like skin whitening, lightning, tightening, acne, pimple, scar, white/black heads etc.
- Always shake the lotion before applying as glycerin generally settles down at the bottom of the bottle.
- Remember It can dry your skin by soaking all the moisture if it doesn’t find moisture in air i.e. IN Dry Weather.
So do add few drops of plain water or rose water to it before applying.
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