Moisture is the skin’s basic requirement to keep it soft, healthy and youthful. All ageing skins lack moisture. The amount of moisture that the skin holds makes a great difference to its texture. The skin loses moisture to the environment, when humidity is low, or is lowered by artificial means through air-conditioning and heating. Sun exposure also causes loss of moisture, and this should be replenished or even prevented.
Glycerine is one ingredient that helps moisturise and hydrate the skin. Glycerine is a humectant, as it attracts moisture from the atmosphere. A clear liquid, without any smell, glycerine can be obtained from plants and oils, like coconut oil or palm oil. It has a mildly sweet taste and has many uses and benefits.
Glycerine is a common ingredient in the manufacture or cosmetics and toiletries, especially for the face, like moisturising lotions and creams, nourishing creams, and soaps. When applied on the face, it helps to relieve dryness and make the skin soft and smooth. If used regularly, it can help to delay the visible signs of ageing, like the formation of lines and wrinkles. Over a period of time, it can help improve the skin’s ability to retain moisture.
As it is not oily, it can also be used to moisturise oily skin, especially during the winter months. People with acne can experience superficial dryness of the outermost layer of the skin, due to medicated soap and astringent lotions. Glycerine also has healing properties and has been used to treat skin problems like eczema and atopic dermatitis.
This is how you can use glycerine at home:
Avoid applying pure glycerine directly on the face. It is better to dilute it with rose water or mineral water.
To apply it on the face, first rinse the face with water. Then put a little glycerine on a cotton wool pad and dab on the face. Wash off with water after 3 or 4 minutes. Avoid contact with eyes and mouth. Allow it to absorb into the skin. Wash it off after a few minutes.
If you are prone to allergies, do a patch test first. Dilute glycerine in rose water and apply the mixture on the back of your hand. Wait for 24 hours. If your skin doesn’t experience any allergic reactions, it’s safe to be applied to your face.
Mix one teaspoon pure glycerine with 100 ml rose water. Gently dab it onto your skin. Dab on a little glycerine diluted with water for toning after you wash your face as it helps tighten your pores.
You can also mix half teaspoon pure glycerine with 2 tablespoons orange juice. Apply this on the face for 20 minutes and wash off with plain water.
For normal to dry skin, you can also mix half-a-teaspoon pure glycerine, one teaspoon rose water and one teaspoon dried milk powder. Mix into a paste and apply on the face. Remove after 20 minutes with plain water.
Mix Vitamin E oil, Vaseline and glycerine in equal parts and apply on your face before you take a shower. This mixture is quite useful in the winter months when our skin tends to become dry.
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