Ingredient Spotlight: Glycerin

Source: flickr.com user Jeff Kubina
Source: flickr.com user Jeff Kubina

One of the most common skin care ingredients today is glycerin. Sometimes listed as glycerolglycerin is a simple sugar alcohol compound that’s used both for cosmetic purposes and to treat a range of skin care conditions.

Glycerin is a humectant. This means it attracts water, which makes it a great ingredient for use in dry skin care products. When a skin care formula containing glycerin is applied, it actually draws moisture in from external sources (like the air), while also sealing moisture into the skin.

In addition to attracting and sealing in water, glycerin also helps to maintain the skin’s natural water balance. This is obviously extremely important for dry and sensitive skin, but it can also help to treat and prevent visible signs of aging by “plumping” the skin and smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

On a more medical level, glycerin is a great psoriasis treatment. One article published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology stated that glycerin is actually able to signal the skin cells to mature and exfoliate in a normal fashion. For psoriasis sufferers, this means that skin that would normally become thick and scaly can instead take on a normal, healthy, and more comfortable tone and texture. Similarly, glycerin can also work to speed wound healing, and may even help prevent or reduce the appearance of scarring.

On a very surface level, skin care glycerin just makes the skin look healthier. When skin is properly hydrated, it takes on a brighter and more radiant appearance. Immediately after applying glycerin, your skin will have this appearance. Over time as the glycerin provides its benefits, your skin will begin to look brighter and more radiant all the time!

As you can see, we love glycerin at Atopalm. Because we cater to dry and sensitive skin types, as well as those with psoriasiseczema, rosacea, and similar conditions, glycerin is a huge help to our clients. When glycerin is used in conjunction with our proprietary MLE formula, even extreme cases of dry, sensitive skin can find relief and beauty with Atopalm.

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