FIRSTLY, WHAT IS GLYCERIN?
Glycerin is a clear liquid found naturally in plant fats, as well as animals and our very own skin. It’s part of the natural make up of a healthy, balanced skin structure and can draw moisture from external sources and use it to lock in hydration.
WHY WE THINK GLYCERIN IS A SKINCARE SAVIOUR
It’s big on hydration and maintains balance
First and foremost, glycerin is a humectant. This means it attracts moisture to the upper layer of the skin when it’s applied.
Thanks to its minimal molecular weight, it allows moisture to penetrate deeper into the skin. It’s also vital when it comes to maintaining a healthy balance in hydration, as it’s involved in the movement of aquaporins on the surface of our skin.
Hold up - WHAT are aquaporins?
They’re a form of protein that help channel the flow of hydrating ingredients back up to the skin’s top layers. The result is dewy, balanced, HEALTHY skin. The dream.
It prevents moisture loss
One of glycerins amazing qualities is that it not only draws moisture into the skin, it prevents it from getting back out too.
This is because thicker products like creams and gels that contain glycerin are there to support the skin’s barrier from the outside-in, preventing moisture loss and allowing skin nourishment. This works in contrast to lighter formulas like serums, which work their magic by penetrating the barrier to deeper absorb.
It prevents against the elements and heals to leave skin super soft
The essential maintenance of the skin’s barrier means that it’s protected against any dryness caused by external elements like the weather, as well as further irritation from pollution or harsh products. It’s healing ability means that it’s regularly used to treat everyday dry skin, as well as skin conditions like dermatitis and eczema.
SHOULD GLYCERIN BE IN MY SKINCARE ROUTINE?
Glycerin is suitable for all skin types, thanks to its non-allergenic hydrating qualities that make it a great option for even breakout-prone skin. As glycerin’s key function is to promote a healthy, dewy complexion, you’re most likely to find it across moisturisers or in hydration-hitting masks (like our Radiance Ritual Glow Mask)
Vast research across the skincare field has found that as an ingredient, glycerin mimics the skin’s very own natural moisturising factor, known as NMF. This is what makes it so universally usable, regardless of age, skin type or other concerns. This becomes especially important as our skin’s own NMF diminishes with age, as well as when it comes into contact with environmental aggressors.
WHICH INGREDIENTS CAN I USE WITH GLYCERIN?
As an ingredient, glycerin lends itself to being paired up with powerful ingredients, and works best when it’s teamed with others rather than alone. When it’s used with other emollient ingredients and oils - much like in Radiance Ritual’s hard working formula alongside sunflower seed oil and prickly pear seed oil - the risk of moisture loss is reduced to ensure long lasting glowy, soft and super hydrated skin.
Glycerin also works really well when teamed up with other hydration powerhouses, like hyaluronic acid and floral waters. Better still, as there are no proven risks to maximising your glycerin intake, you can use this moisture-boosting hero as many times a day as required, just be wary that you should never use it in 100% concentration.