Saturday 23 September 2023

What The F**k is Glycerin?

Glycerin is a hugely popular skincare ingredient that is found in almost too many beauty products to mention. It is a colourless and odourless substance that is typically derived from vegetable oils and animal fats (it can also be synthetically produced). Its benefit? This unassuming ingredient is a powerhouse in maintaining skin's moisture levels.

Serving as a powerful humectant, glycerin draws moisture from its surroundings to the skin's surface. It can also remain in the skin for a while, helping skin retain moisture even when it's exposed to damaging environmental aggressors. By supporting and boosting the skin's hydration levels, glycerin is able to relieve dryness and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However, the benefits of glycerin extend beyond hydration. Glycerin has a calming effect on the skin, providing relief from irritation and redness. It is particularly effective at helping skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea, as it forms a protective barrier on the skin to shield it from environmental damage and other irritants.

Glycerin also supports the skin's natural regeneration process and improves skin barrier function, aiding in the rapid healing of minor wounds and supporting the growth of new, healthy skin cells.

While it may not always be the hero ingredient in a skincare product, glycerin's wide-ranging benefits make it worth paying attention to. From its exceptional hydrating capabilities to its soothing and regenerative properties, glycerin stands as a multifaceted pillar in skincare.

For those looking to inject it into their skincare routine, I recommend trying the OSKIA Isotonic Hydra-Serum (£64 This lightweight serum delivers instant and long-lasting hydration to the skin. Fortified with natural ingredients, vitamins, and antioxidants, which include glycerin, probiotics, glacier water, niacinamide, pro-vitamin B5, horse chestnut, oat ceramides, and OSKIA's own biometric blend, the Isotonic Hydra-Serum protects the skin and supports its own natural production of hyaluronic acid. Calming and comforting, it also replenishes vital nutrients and supports the skin's barrier function.

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