December 17, 2021
Have you noticed glycerin being in a lot of your skincare products? Here we'll breakdown what vegetable glycerin is, how it benefits skin, and reasons why it can be safe for acne prone skin!
Glycerin is a type of water soluble sugar alcohol - but don’t let 'alcohol' part of the description fool you. Glycerin is actually commonly used as a humectant - meaning it draws water in. It is a clear, odorless liquid that is derived from vegetables like soybean, coconut, or palm. It’s possible that glycerin can be derived from animal products too, but vegetable glycerin specifically is plant based.
It has a thick, almost maple syrup-like consistency.
The reason why a lot of cosmetics or skincare products have vegetable glycerin in them is because they serve many purposes and have some great skin benefits as well!
It can be mixed into products to keep ice crystals from forming in them, and it also works great at keeping products from drying out, or as a way to bind different types of ingredients together in the formulation.
The good thing is that vegetable glycerin can be found in plenty of formulated skincare products so you’ll get extra benefits from glycerin and the additional ingredients too. To get the hydrating out of your skincare product containing glycerin, you may want to have damp skin before putting on your serum, lotion, or moisturizer. That gives the glycerin some extra water to hold onto and hydrate your skin with.
If you want to use pure vegetable glycerin, make sure you dilute it a few drops with some water first. Pure vegetable glycerin could pull too much water from the skin and cause an opposite effect.
Vegetable glycerin is safe to use all over the body and on the lips.
At Banish we formulate most of our products with glycerin in them, because of it’s amazing moisturizing and skin healing properties.
Some popular items with glycerin are the Banish Oil. It’s a vitamin c serum made with natural ingredients and stabilized with Vitamin C and E.
The Vitamin C Creme works to brighten dark marks and it’s a lightweight moisturizer that is great for oily or combination skin types.
The All Clear Mint Cleanseris a sulfate free foaming cleanser. It’s great for removing excess oils and dirt off the skin without being overly drying and stripping.
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