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Glycerin: uses, applications and properties

by Alivia Nyhan
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Glycerin is a thick, clear liquid used mostly in soap making. This product has a great ability to attract moisture, but its uses go beyond cosmetics, it is also used to make suppositories to treat constipation, as a lubricant and in the textile industry it can be used to manufacture textile fibers and preserve skins and the leather. It is important to note that glycerin should not be used pure , you should always mix it with oils, water, creams, among others. At FastlyHealwe show you the cosmetic uses of glycerin .

Glycerin in cosmetics

Glycerin has a peculiarity and that is that if it is applied to the skin in a very dry climate, it can cause the opposite effect, such as dehydrating it. However, it can provide many benefits for your skin thanks to its moisturizing effect, allowing it to maintain a balance in its moisture, making the dermis retain it and thus avoiding tightness, dry skin and aging. It is also used to treat eczema which helps reduce itchy skin and is a natural remedy to heal wounds.

To make a glycerin body lotion , you need a moisturizer, 2 teaspoons of glycerin, and 2 teaspoons of honey. Mix everything until it is homogeneous and does not have a sticky consistency. You can also prepare a mask that will help you prevent wrinkles , you must use the same ingredients, except the moisturizer, and apply it on your clean face before going to sleep, leave it on overnight and wash your face with warm water when you get up. .

Glycerin: properties for hair

Another cosmetic use of glycerin is for dry hair care. Dry hair is characterized by having split ends, having little flexibility, is difficult to style, has a rough texture and has a lot of frizz, glycerin will give your hair the hydration it needs and will help it to maintain moisture.

The peculiarity that we explained earlier also occurs when you use glycerin on your hair, since if the weather is very humid it will cause frizz. If you want to make a mask for dry hair you have to mix 1 tablespoon of glycerin, 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of olive oil and apply to the hair, wait 20 minutes and rinse with warm water. You can do this mask 1 time a week. Another way to use glycerin for your hair is to mix two parts of water with one part of glycerin in a spray bottle and spray your hair.

Glicerine soap

The soaps are the most famous product with this ingredient are usually prepared by hand and are recommended for people with sensitive skin, since it has a neutral pH which makes it less aggressive than the rest. Additionally, it has antiseptic and bactericidal properties, making it excellent for treating acne. Glycerin soap is very moisturizing, providing elasticity and firmness to your skin, it also has a calming effect in case of redness and itching.

Glycerin: uses and applications on the skin


Among the various benefits for the skin of glycerin, it is worth highlighting its moisturizing power. This liquid is able to attract water, allowing the skin to retain it and hydrate properly. Therefore, if you suffer from dry, itchy, tight, or flaking polish, a few drops of glycerin in the area can help keep it hydrated.

Taking care of our feet is very important, however sometimes we forget them allowing calluses to form and dry out. Glycerin will be a very effective remedy to combat dry heels , in this case you will have to mix 2 tablespoons of glycerin with a cup of rose water, which you can prepare yourself by boiling some petals. Apply the mixture on your heels before going to sleep and put on some socks, for a better effect.

In the following FastlyHealarticle we explain other ways to hydrate very dry skin .

Treatment for dermatitis

Thanks to its moisturizing power, which we have just explained, added to its antibacterial action, glycerin also has great power when treating dermatitis. Dermatitis is a condition of the skin, in its superficial layer, that causes symptoms such as dryness, irritation and itching. However, glycerin can be a very effective remedy to treat these discomforts and accelerate the recovery of damaged tissue. In turn, glycerin is a good remedy to accelerate wound healing.


But glycerin not only hydrates our skin, it is also a product with anti-aging capacity, although in reality, this is a side effect of the first. Given its ability to keep the skin hydrated, it has a better ability to withstand the passage of time, defend itself against external agents and combat sagging. Thus, glycerin is a perfect product to prevent the appearance of those happy wrinkles.

To do this, a good way is to use the glycerin and honey mask that we will detail below:

  • Glycerin and honey facial mask : 1 tablespoon of honey should be mixed with 2 of liquid glycerin, stirring and applying it on the face before going to bed. In the morning, you should rinse your face with warm water.

Where to buy glycerin

Currently, glycerin can be found in almost any supermarket, either in the form of bars of soap or in its liquid form . In addition, it can also be found in pharmacies or purchased online, always looking at the place where it is purchased and ensuring that it is trustworthy.

In addition, it must be taken into account that glycerin can be obtained in different formats and quantities, that is why, depending on the use you give it, the higher the quantity, the better it will cost you. However, the price of liquid glycerin is usually around 10 euros per liter .

This article is merely informative, at FastlyHeal .com we do not have the power to prescribe medical treatments or make any type of diagnosis. We invite you to see a doctor in the case of presenting any type of condition or discomfort.

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