Glycerin, chemically know as glycerol, is a sweet-tasting, non-toxic, syrupy liquid made from combining water and fat derived from vegetable oil. Because it is a humectant, it is a popular ingredient in skincare products.
According to Leslie Baumann, M.D., director of cosmetic dermatology at the University of Miami, glycerin not only locks moisture in the skin by acting as a barrier stabilizer, but it provides superior hydration to the skin.
Psoriasis is caused when skin cells grow too slow without maturing, causing the build-up of scaly skin. Glycerin acts as a topical remedy to help with the appearance of the skin. Glycerin also soothes the itch and dryness associated with eczema.
Glycerin is a non-toxic, naturally occurring substance, so it is often used as the base of soap for sensitive skin, because it won’t cause irritation.
Wrinkles occur because of the loss of moisture and elasticity. Glycerin slows the appearance of wrinkles by restoring these resources.
Glycerin injected after trauma to the skin hydrates the skin cells and speeds healing, resulting in less bruising.