Known and loved for being an ultra-moisturizing agent in the skincare and beauty world, glycerin is a go-to ingredient for tackling dry, dehydrated skin. Want to know more about this skincare savior? We’re here to tell you all there is to know about glycerin, and why you need to incorporate it into your routine.

What is Glycerin?
When it comes to skincare, there is a cocktail of different ingredients that each target and treat various concerns. From hyaluronic acid to glycolic acid, whatever your skin type, there is bound to be a particular ingredient you should be searching for on your product’s labels.

Glycerin is ‘a colorless and odorless liquid that is derived from plant sources. It is a humectant, which means it can attract water to itself, making it incredibly hydrating when used in skincare and beauty products. Glycerin works by acting as a sponge to soak up moisture, pulling it into your skin’s outer layer. It helps slow down the evaporation of water from your skin, making it perfect for use in the cold winter months when your skin is at its driest. It also attracts water from the deeper layers of your skin or the air when in humid environments.

What Are The Benefits of Glycerin?
As glycerin works to attract and retain water in the skin, it provides the skin with a smoothing and moisturizing effect. It is often used in moisturizers and mixed with other emollients. It can also have an anti-aging effect as it can signal superficial skin cells to mature more rapidly, meaning you’re left with soft, supple skin. Glycerin is an excellent ingredient in a cleanser. It helps to eliminate oil and dirt without impacting the health of your outer skin layer while retaining your skin’s moisture levels. It basically cleans and soothes the skin when cleansing, preventing any skin irritation during the process.