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What is Glycerin in skincare and why do we need it?

What is Glycerin in skincare and why do we need it?
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Vital to the performance of your skincare and the soft and supple appearance of your skin, Glycerin features in many much-loved skincare formulas and works wonders for all skin types.

Found in natural fats and most commonly sourced from plant sources, Glycerin is a colourless, odourless liquid which works to hydrate the skin and improve moisture retention. As a humectant, it draws moisture from the air, attracting water to hydrate the skin and helps to keep the hydration within the skin for a soft, plump complexion.

As Glycerin is considered to be non-allergenic it is suitable for all skin types even those that are breakout-prone and even the most sensitive complexions. Perfect for the colder months, it is a wonderful ingredient to look for when selecting skincare if your skin is a little dry and dehydrated.

Glycerin in skincare: our top picks

From moisturisers to cleansers, many products which work to hydrate and smooth your skin are infused with Glycerin. Its ability to improve the absorption of other skincare products and enhance the effectiveness of emollients and oils makes Glycerin a wonderful ingredient to include in any step of your skincare routine.

Bobbi Brown Extra Skin-Balm Rinse

Helping to maintain the health of the outer layer of your skin and retain moisture, Glycerin makes the perfect addition to cleansers for dry and dehydrated skin types. The Bobbi Brown Extra Skin-Balm Rinse is enriched with hydrating ingredients including Olive and Orange Oils as well as Glycerin to intensely moisturise while sweeping away dirt and impurities.

Effectively removing all traces of makeup, the ultra-rich cleanser is truly a treat for dry skin and reveals a soft, supple and refreshed complexion.

The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA

Ideal for all skin types, particularly those which are slightly more oily, The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA supplements the skin with NMFs (Natural Moisturising Factors), including Glycerin, which protect and nourish the complexion.

The non-greasy formula smooths over the skin, working to moisturise and improve water retention for a hydrated, soft and supple finish.

Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask

Refresh and restore dry, dehydrated skin with the Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask. Fortified with Vichy Thermal Water and Glycerin, the hydrating mask locks an intense burst of moisture into the skin and enhances the skin's natural barrier to promote a smooth and even tone.

Providing a fresh sensation, the mask is is enriched with extracts of Green Tea, Jasmine and White Musk to uplift the senses to leave you and your skin feeling refreshed and revitalised.

Lancer Skincare The Method: Polish for Sensitive Skin

Ultra-gentle yet truly effective, the Lancer Skincare The Method: Polish for Sensitive Skin combines Glycerin with fine exfoliating beads to buff the skin's surface to reveal a bright, even complexion.

Treating dullness and dryness, the scrub is enriched with Pumpkin and Pomegranate Extracts to break down dead skin cells to leave your skin healthy and glowing.

La Roche-Posay Hydraphase UV Intense Light

Perfect for every day use, La Roche-Posay Hydraphase UV Intense Light helps to hydrate, calm and restore dry complexions.

Providing both instant and long-lasting hydration, the nourishing cream combines La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water and Glycerin to keep your skin smooth and supple all day.

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