Glycerine (sugar-alcohol compound) is an organic compound composed of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen. It is also known as glycerol. It is colorless and odorless. It has a sweet taste and is used in cough syrups, tinctures and elixirs as a pharmaceutical ingredient. Glycerin is popularly used in creams, ointments, soaps, lotions and body scrubs.
Glycerine, which is famous for its medicinal properties is highly beneficial for skin too, and can be used to achieve the skin of one’s dreams. It not just moisturizes the skin, but protects and nourishes it too. It revives broken down cells, and give the skin the much desired healthy and glowing complexion. Here are a few benefits as well as uses of glycerine for skin care, which everyone must include in their routine.
- It can be used as a cleanser.
- It can be used as a toner.
- It is a wonderful skin moisturizer.
- Diluted version makes the hands smooth.
- It helps retain the skin water.
- It plays an important role in cell maturation.
- It cures oily skin problems like pimples, acne and blackhead.
- It’s nature allows it to be used on baby and sensitive skin.
- Glycerine is non-toxic in nature, no wonder it finds way to so many uses.
- It helps to retain the water in skin.
- Wash your feet well and apply glycerine on your cracked heels. It works like magic in healing your cracked heels overnight.
- It acts as a sunscreen to some extent.
- It removes clogged impurities and helps in lightening skin shade.
- Glycerine also gives the skin a soft and supple feel.
- Apply a coat of glycerine on your nails after removing nail paint. It prevents them from looking dried up.
- Apply raw glycerine directly on scars that are especially caused burns, acne or wounds to get rid of them.
- People with dry skin can apply raw or diluted glycerine on skin. It is way better than those costly creams and parlour treatments.
- It can be used for skin lightening.
- It fill up the gaps due to the wrinkles thus makes the skin look younger.
- It can help remove dandruff from your hair and fight split ends, add few drops of essential oil to glycerin and then apply on your hair.
How to Use Glycerine on Skin?
Smooth and Wrinkle Free Skin
Glycerine can do what the over the counter, new found creams and serums cannot, that is, make the skin smooth and wrinkle free. It can be mixed with almond oil or fish oil and rubbed on the skin everyday. Since it is so light and skin friendly, people with hypersensitive skin can use it too.
Anti-aging treatment: Break an egg white into your bowl (so that it is light and frothy), and add in one teaspoon of honey (it helps in combining the ingredients). Then, add one teaspoon of glycerin. Mix it well and apply it onto your face using your fingertips in upward circular strokes. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash off with warm water. The egg white helps remove the impurities and keeps the skin clean and soft.
Glycerine acts as a great moisturizer that suits all skin types. It can be mixed with lemon and left overnight, or can be mixed with beauty creams to moisturize and benefit the skin. One can also mix Vaseline, Vitamin E oil and glycerine and apply it all over before taking bath.
Homemade Moisturizer: Take a bottle of glycerin and two tablespoons of fresh lime / lemon juice. Pour about 200-250 ml of glycerin in a bowl. Use either non-medicinal or medicinal glycerin. Now mix two tablespoons of fresh lemon / lime juice with the glycerin. Mix these two ingredients together well and store the homemade moisturizer in a glass bottle. Use this moisturizer at night before you go to sleep. Apply it with either your fingers or a cotton wool, and let it absorb into your skin.
Dry skin treatment: Take one tablespoon of Vaseline and glycerine in a small bowl. Mix well. You may apply it over your face or body overnight.
Fair, Flawless Skin
This wonder product can be used to achieve a fair, beautiful, flawless skin, rid of unwanted pigmentation. Make a mixture of glycerine, rose water and lemon and apply it before going to bed. Lemon lightens the skin naturally, while glycerine prevents it from drying up and gives it a healthy glow. Rose water helps maintain the skin pH and prevents breakouts.
Glycerine when used along with rose water can act as a natural cleanser which protects and makes the skin glow on the go. It helps in removing dust and dirt and readies the skin against the harmful effects of pollution. It helps in cleaning the pores and giving the skin the space to breathe and be healthy and glowing.
Pimple Free Skin
Glycerine has antibacterial qualities and can be applied directly on pimples to treat them fast. One can also use glycerine to diminish the unsightly pimple marks. Glycerine helps the skin to heal; it can even be used for mouth ulcers, to help them heal at a much faster rate.
Acne treatment: Take one tablespoon of glycerine, 1/2 tablespoon of Borax powder and camphor in a bowl. Mix well with a cup of distilled water. Apply on face and wash it off with lukewarm water. After sometime, wash again your face with cold water. (Remember lukewarm water opens skin pores, and cold water closes them.)
Fuller’s earth and glycerine, these two along with a hint of almond powder can help get rid of blackheads naturally. Mix one tablespoon of fullers earth, two teaspoon of glycerin and four tablespoon of almond powder in a bowl to make a paste. Apply it on blackheads and leave it on till it dries up. After that wash the face with cold water, and the results should be visible within a few days of regular use.
Toners are highly beneficial for the skin, and if that toner contains glycerine, then it is sure to be highly beneficial. One can use glycerine and rose water and use it as a toner. Alternatively, glycerine and apple cider vinegar can be mixed in equal measures and used as a toner.
Do’ and Don’ts of Using Glycerin on Face and Skin
- Before you use glycerin directly on your face, dilute it with water. Best is to use rose water instead of water.
- Do not apply too much of glycerin and / or for longer period. This will over-hydrate your face.
- Do not use glycerin with lotions that are already sticky.
- The glycerin is sticky in nature, so wash off any excess glycerin before you go outside. Otherwise the stickiness will make it easier for dust and pollution to collect on your face.
Glycerine has not one, but many benefits and should be incorporated into daily life. It is the ultimate weapon against the fight against all sorts of skin issues and with its all round, highly beneficial properties, it wins hands down.