INGREDIENTS IN DEPTH - GLYCERINE

SUMMARY: BEST | EXTREMELY SAFE TO BE USED IN PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS | APPROVED BY REGULATORY BODIES

A renowned humectant and safe cosmetics ingredient when used as per the cosmetic grade concentration of up to 5 %. It is used in personal care products to provide long lasting hydration to skin.

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WHAT IS GLYCERIN: Glycerin is a natural compound and is commonly known as Glycerol. It is a thick colourless liquid derived from vegetable oils or animal fats through the process of hydrolysis and fermentation of sugar. It is also manufactured synthetically from petroleum to be used in skin care and personal care products such as creams, lotions, soaps. It predominantly acts a humectant, draws water from the deeper skin layers and also absorbs moisture from the surroundings.  It is used as a moisturizer to treat dry, rough, scaly and itchy skin. It helps to balance the skin and provide necessary hydration to the skin. Glycerin is known to work along with other emollients to make skin smoother and healthier.

REVIEW OF GLYCERINE

Name of Brand/ Organization

Paula's Choice

EWG

CIR

FDA

EU Cosmetics Regulation

Rating/Review

BEST

1-2

 

Glycerine is one of the most researched and reviewed ingredients. Top regulatory bodies like FDA (Food and Drug Administration ensures the safety, efficacy and security of humans by making sure that cosmetics are safe to use), CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review thoroughly investigates the safety of ingredients used in cosmetics), EU Cosmetics Regulation (It ensures the safety of the consumers while using the cosmetic products) and EWG (Environmental Working Group Skin Deep is a cosmetic database for ensuring the safety of ingredients being used in personal care products) along with popular skin care brand Paula's Choice have rated it safe for use in cosmetics, personal care products. 

BENEFITS OF GLYCERINE: Glycerine has the following benefits:

  • Hydrates skin: It is a humectant that moisturizes the skin and seals it in the layers of the skin.
  • Promotes skin elasticity and permeability: It boosts collagen production, thereby making the skin firm. Due to the dry skin, absorption capacity of the skin reduces, glycerin helps in enhancing the permeability of skin.
  • Protects skin: It forms a protective layer over the skin and keeps the skin from drying in extreme weather conditions.
  • Heals damaged skin: It retains skin moisture, repairs damaged skin cells, protects skin from infections and soothes itchy, dry skin.
  • Refines skin: Its hydrating ability keeps the skin healthy and makes it radiant. The prolonged hydration leads to reduction in signs of ageing.

QUESTIONS ABOUT CONCENTRATION: It is widely speculated that Glycerin uses up too much water from the inner layers of skin when the surroundings are not humid enough. This occurs when Glycerin of 100% concentration is used. Generally any humectant used in its pure, concentrated form leaves the skin dry as it tends to extract water from the deeper layers of skin, when the climate is not too humid. But the cosmetic grade concentration of Glycerin is upto 5% which is deemed safe to be used. It is generally combined with other other ingredients in a formulation to impart much needed hydration to skin.

CITATIONS/FURTHER READ

ANVEYA INGREDIENTS DIRECTORY

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