This super-hydrating skincare classic is having a moment (Picture: Metro.co.uk)
Glycerine is the sleeper skincare hero that gives your complexion a boost say beauty gurus. Here we find out why.
Among an endless list of shiny new skincare ingredients, one of the most common and long-used is regaining prominence.
Experts are once again championing glycerine as an underrated powerhouse that provides myriad premium benefits yet doesn’t swing a hefty price tag.
Usually derived from vegetable oils, glycerine is a super-hydrator that draws moisture into deep surface layers of the skin – and when used in thicker consistencies, prevents it from evaporating again.
But as glycerine is naturally present in the body, it is recognised and absorbed by our skin when applied, allowing it to easily activate other benefits.
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‘Glycerine is definitely an unsung hero,’ enthuses Dr Anita Sturnham, GP and aesthetic doctor. ‘It is a natural humectant, making it great for boosting skin hydration and conditioning the skin barrier as well as supporting healthy cell repair.
‘As a great multitasking ingredient, glycerine works well in cleansers, toners, serums, moisturisers and masks. Because it plays well with other actives, it’s often added to formulations with other hydrating and skin-conditioning ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and vitamin E.’
Glycerine works on any skin type. ‘It’s non-pore-clogging, and healthy skin is hydrated skin,’ adds Sturnham. ‘Those prone to dehydration, dryness and sensitivity will really benefit. There have been studies that show glycerine is helpful for inflammatory skin issues too.’
Pelegrims Vitamin Boost Facial Cleanser
Vitamin boost (Picture: Pelegrims)
Glycerine is used across the Pelegrims range of products, which utilise grape and cherry extracts from vineyards and orchards in Kent.
The brand’s rinse-off Vitamin Boost Facial Cleanser leaves skin fresh, soft and plump. It’s antibacterial too, making it ideal for those who are prone to breakouts and shaving nicks.
Buy it for £23 from Pelegrims
Decree Preparatory Mist
Happy complexion (Picture: Decree)
Decree Preparatory Mist acts like a hydrating and pH-balancing toner, ensuring skin is in good shape to maximise what you apply next.
This mist’s high glycerine content helps to create that happy place for the complexion.
Buy it for £52 from Cult Beauty
Lumene Nordic Hydra Moisture Balm
Rich but not heavy (Picture: Lumene)
For the richness of a balm without any heaviness, Lumene Nordic Hydra Moisture Balm uses glycerine and glycerol (glycerine in its purest form) upcycled from the vegetable oil industry, teamed with Arctic spring water, birch sap and hyaluronic acid to bring instant comfort to parched faces. The jar is refillable too.
Buy it for £18.25 from Feel Unique
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