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What’s In My Skin Care: Glycerin
All You Need To Know About Glycerin In Skin Care
Regardless of whether we are talking skin care, hair care or body care, glycerin is one of the most widely used compounds in the beauty industry. It can be found on the ingredient lists of creams, lotion, facial cleansers, toners, serum, hair conditioners, masks, etc. Just pick 3 random products from your bathroom and check their labels. See – glycerin is everywhere.
What’s the reason it is so widely used? How does it benefit the skin? Is it organic? Is it safe? Let’s find out!
Is Glycerin Organic?
Glycerin (also known as glycerol) is naturally present in plant oils and can be easily extracted without its structure being altered. Because vegetable oils are extracted from plants, if you want to know whether the glycerin used in your favorite products is organic, check if the companies you buy from are certified organic. If the plants they use are grown in pesticide-free environment, without the use of hormones, antibiotics or any other chemical substances that are potentially harmful for the human health, then you can be sure, that what you are putting on your face is 100% pure and safe.
Since glycerin can also be obtained from animal fat, if you are vegan, don’t forget to check whether the companies you buy products from are cruelty-free and vegan.
We, at La Mav, sincerely believe that beauty doesn’t have to hurt! All products we offer are toxic-free, certified organic and 100% cruelty-free!
How Does Glycerin Benefit The Skin?
The primary reason why glycerin is used in so many products is because it’s an incredible humectants (substance that attracts moisture) i.e. it keeps your skin hydrated and fresh.
Because glycerin is naturally presented in our skin it’s one of the best ingredients for restoring the lipid barrier and maintaining skin’s integrity. It’s especially beneficial for people with dry skin, prone to flakiness, dry patches and scaling.
Another reason why manufacturers use glycerin is because it facilitates the absorption of active ingredients i.e. more bio-active molecules reach the deepest layers of the skin.
Glycerin is great emollient and lubricant – it makes the skin soft and supple, smoothes out the fine lines and boosts radiance. If you are wondering which ingredient gives you a lovely dewy look – it is glycerin.
Some studies even suggest that glycerin thickens the skin, hence improves its resistance to external damage and at the same time reduce wrinkle formation, caused by thinning. This is due to the fact that glycerin promotes cell maturation i.e. helps the cells develop fully before they shed. (This is especially good for people struggling with psoriasis – skin condition where maturation is disrupted and cells shed abnormally)
Did you know that one of the best ways to nourish and restore dry, dehydrated skin is by including pure plant oils in your skin care regimen?
La Mav Pure Oil Therapy Range offers a variety of carefully selected, pure, organic, cold-pressed plant oil that are going to transform the appearance of your skin naturally!
Is Glycerin Safe?
The primary concern related to the use of glycerin is that is can over dry the skin, because of its water attracting properties. Because glycerin draws out water from the dermis (the lower layer of the skin) to the epidermis (the upper most layer of the skin), it is believed that with frequent use it can lead to chronic dehydration. In order for this to happen though, 100% pure glycerin has to be applied on the skin daily, which, as you can guess, is not the case with your favorite face cream. Skin care products are always formulated in such way so that the best of each ingredient is taken, while the side effects are minimized or completely avoided. In other words, no matter if glycerin is on the top of the ingredient list of your face cream it’s concentration is not more than 10%, therefore there is no need to worry.
Glycerin application carries low risk of irritation and does not normally provoke allergic reaction. Still, if you have hypersensitive skin, it’s recommended to get samples first and test the products you are planning to buy on your skin, in order to see how it reacts to them.
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