Vegetable glycerin serves as one of the most versatile cosmetic products in the world. Unfortunately, not enough people know about its amazing properties for skin and hair! For starters, it is a humectant, meaning it draws in water from outside of the skin. It is also non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog up your pores and is totally safe for oily and acne prone skin. Glycerin is also an emollient, meaning it holds in moisture by forming a protective layer over the skin or scalp. If that weren’t enough, glycerin’s skin-smoothing properties also make it an amazing anti-aging and oil-control remedy! More incredible benefits of glycerin include:
1. Treats Minor Skin Irritations
Since glycerin has anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties, it may help relieve minor skin problems such as eczema, diaper rash, minor burns, and itching. It may also be used to help in the treatment of mouth ulcers. Simply place glycerin on the affected area and allow it to remain there for at least 30 minutes before rinsing your mouth with cold water.
2. Increases the Length of Hair
Yes, glycerin can actually make your hair grow longer, faster! Glycerin helps hair grow up to 1 inch per month, which is the maximum healthy growth rate for hair. Simply mix equal parts of water and glycerin together until you have enough to run through your hair. After washing and conditioning your hair normally, apply the glycerin to you damp hair, using your fingers to work it in. Let it sit for up to 5 minutes, and repeat up to 3 times a week.
3. Fights Dandruff
Glycerin’s moisturizing properties work well on the scalp to help prevent dandruff. Make your own dandruff treatment at home by mixing 10ml of glycerin with 90ml with water or leave in conditioner. If you use a water base, add 1 drop of sunflower oil to the mixture. When using leave-in conditioner, try to avoid leave-in conditioner with a high oil content. Once the glycerin and base of choice are mixed, shampoo and condition hair normally before applying the treatment.
To apply, part your hair and apply the treatment directly on the scalp. When applied 3 times a week, you should start to see results within 2 weeks of the first use.
4. Reduces Fine Lines and Wrinkles around Eyes
Applying glycerin around the eyes can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. By forming a protective moisture barrier on the skin’s surface, glycerin works to reverse and prevent future aging. Glycerin restores and holds in skin’s moisture, which improves its elasticity while also plumping out lines and creases.
5. Gives Hair a Natural Shine
Everyone loves healthy-looking hair! Create that shiny salon look at home using 1 teaspoon glycerin, 1 tablespoon castor oil, and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar.
6. Moisturizes Cracked Feet
I mentioned in my last blog post about the wonders of olive oil on feet. If that does not work for you, try glycerin! Glycerin’s moisturizing properties can also help you get back to having super soft heels and feet.
- Soak your feet in warm water for 5 minutes.
- Scrub off the dead skin with a loofah or rag.
- Apply glycerin to the heels and massage gently for a few minutes.
- Put on a pair of clean socks and let the glycerin sit overnight.
- Rinse feet the next morning.
- Repeat multiple times a week for best results.