Glycerin, also known as glycerol, is a colorless, odorless and viscous liquid that belongs to the alcohol family. It's a naturally occurring substance found in various fats and oils, both animal and plant-based. Glycerin is a common ingredient in skincare products like creams and lotions that improve skin's moisture balance. It’s also used as a humectant to attract and retain water in the skin.
Glycerin can be derived from both plant and animal sources. In skincare and cosmetics, it's commonly obtained through a process called saponification of fats and oils which makes it a versatile and widely used ingredient.
Glycerin is generally well-tolerated on skin and considered safe for most, even those with sensitive skin.
Glycerin is a highly effective solution to attract and retain moisture in skin. It draws water from the atmosphere and helps lock it into skin to keep it hydrated. Glycerin also acts as a barrier on skin's surface, which helps reduce water loss and maintain optimal moisture levels.
Glycerin has emollient properties, meaning it can soften and smooth skin's texture.
Soothes and Calms Skin
Glycerin has soothing properties that can alleviate skin irritation and inflammation. It can help calm redness, itchiness and discomfort seen with skin conditions like eczema or sunburns.
Strengthens Skin Barrier
Glycerin helps to reinforce skin's natural barrier function to prevent moisture loss and shield skin from environmental pollutants and irritants.