I remember seeing glycerine in my grand mom’s bathroom cabinet. A small glass bottle with a faded label, I had no idea what it was used for back then. Today, I know better.
This organic compound, to give you a small chemistry lesson, is a mixture of sugar and alcohol. The liquid is thick, slightly sweet, has no colour and no smell. But it packs a punch when it comes to working magic on your skin. Many commercial beauty products use glycerine in their composition. But you can use it by itself (along with some other products found at home) and create your own arsenal of beauty treatment.
9 Interesting Benefits Of Glycerin For Skin:
#1 As a cleanser
The neutral properties of glycerine make it perfect for cleansing your skin of makeup and other impurities you picked up during the day.
#2 As a toner
Glycerine lessens the size of your pores and works as an excellent toner, especially for oily skin.
#3 As skin moisturiser
Glycerin act as humectant i.e. it helps it minimizing the water loss due to evaporation in oily skin and helps in keeping the skin hydrated always.
#4 To fight pimples, acne and blackhead
You can use glycerine for oily skin and all the problems it causes, such as pimples, acne and blackheads. It also helps you get rid of bacterial infections.
#5 For sensitive and baby’s skin
Glycerin absolutely safe to be used for skin which is one of the reason why it is also one of the ingredient in baby products
#6 As a sunscreen
Not as the only barrier against the harsh sun, but glycerine can help, up to a certain extent.
#7 For skin lightening
Do you know that you can also use glycerine for skin whitening? I have a recipe later in the article.
#8 For younger-looking skin
Your beauty basket should include glycerine for a face that looks younger than its years.
#9. For Dry Chapped Lips
The moisturizing properties of glycerin helps in getting rid of dry, chapped lips. It is especially great for winter when lips are chapped and sometimes even bleed because of extreme dryness.
Dos & Don’ts Of Using Glycerin For Skin:
- Don’t use glycerin directly on oily skin. Always dilute it preferably with rose water
- Never use glycerin in large quantities
- Do not leave it on skin for long time
- Make sure you wash you face well as glycerin might attract dust and pollution due to its sticky nature.
How To Use Glycerin For Skin & Face
- You can make a solution of rose water and glycerine for face toning.
- Simply mix one-fourth cup of glycerine and one and half cups of rose water in a spray bottle.
- Use when required.
- Make a solution using 3 teaspoons of milk and 1 teaspoon of glycerine.
- Apply this all over your face and go to bed.
- Wash it off the next morning taking care it doesn’t get into your eyes. Yes, it’ll sting.
- In a bowl pour 200-250 ml of glycerine.
- Add two tablespoons of freshly-squeezed lime juice to it.
- Mix this well and transfer the solution to a glass bottle.
- Put this on your face and hands every night before sleeping.
- Allow it to soak in before getting comfy in your bed.
- Make a solution using one tablespoon of glycerine, ½ a tablespoon of boric powder, camphor and a cup of distilled water.
- Apply this to your acne-affected skin using clean hands or cotton.
- Wash it off with lukewarm water after 5-10 minutes.
- Splash cold water on your face to close your pores.
- Beat an egg in a glass bowl.
- Add a teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of glycerine.
- Mix well and apply this mask to your face.
- Wash it off after 20 minutes.
For fairer skin
You can combine bananas and glycerine for face whitening.
- Mash an overripe banana.
- Add a tablespoon of glycerine to it.
- Mix well and apply all over your face and skin.
- Wash it off after 10-15 minutes for a glowing, fairer looking face.
Since glycerine is non-toxic and doesn’t overpower the senses, it finds way in countless beauty therapies. Are you ready to try it?
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