I used this for my hair and yowza. See, with my natural hair routine, its just plain ol' wash, condition and a bit of oil for moisturizer and after a day or so its kinky and crispy. So I happened upon reviews for glycerin and took a look and I saw raves for facial care, feet and hair. I remembered I had a bottle of vegetable glycerin to make my homemade makeup fix spray and thought: what the hell, right? So: wash, condition, moisturize but I added maybe about a tablespoon of glycerin with my tea tree oil and applied it to my hair while still wet. 2 days later, still soft like newborn hair soft, and manageable. I heard glycerin is a humectant which means it holds moisture which explains the softness, even in this dry winter weather. This stuff is the business! So much so I'm going to try it as a moisturizer on my face and feet. Not to sound dramatic, but I think I'll freak when I run out. Definitely a must have staple in your beauty routine, ladies. Recommendation: NOW brand vegetable glycerine because it uses non-GMO sources if you're conscientious about what goes on your skin.
If you have dry skin, this is a MUST HAVE PRODUCT. I don't want to come off as melodramatic, but this has seriously changed my life. I have horribly dry skin. Tight, flaky, painful, cracked... and that's in the summer! I dread wearing foundation because it always is too cakey and extenuates all of my dry patches. But, my skin is also somehow ridiculously acne-prone despite its dryness, because why have only one issue when you could have multiple? So, I always feel I need foundation or else my face just looks horrible, but finding a good foundation is difficult.
But one day, I was traipsing around the aisles of that store I hate to love (Walmart) and I saw a bottle of glycerin on the shelves. I knew this was an ingredient used in cosmetics as a humectant, so I figured I'd use it to try and relieve my dryness. Luckily, this stuff is cheap as dirt!
Glycerin is something that CANNOT be used on its own, as many reviewers here have stated. But I'll say it again just to get the information out there one more time. Glycerin works by drawing in moisture to the skin from surrounding areas. If you use it straight, it will just take that moisture from your skin. So you have to mix this with water if you're using it as a moisturizer.
I personally use it mixed with water, both as a moisturizer and as a Fix+ dupe (which you can read all about here on MUA)
I also mix a drop or two of this with my cleanser. My fellow dry-skin-havers know that awful feeling after you wash your face. It just gets tight and painful and flaky. Not pretty. Using a drop of glycerin in my cleanser really helps with alleviating that. I also will mix a drop of this with my moisturizer to give it an extra boost.
Here is my entire glycerin skincare routine:
1. Wash face with cleanser mixed with 1-2 drops of glycerin.
2. Apply a mixture of 1 part glycerin to 5-6 parts water all over.
3. Apply moisturizer with 1-2 drops of glycerin mixed in.
4. After applying makeup, spritz with the glycerin Fix+ dupe.
After doing all of this, it really makes my dry skin a lot more bearable. As long as you don't apply glycerin straight from the bottle, it is a really useful ingredient and made my skin so much better!
Edit- this makes an incredible body moisturizer. i mix it into any of my wimpy body lotions, you know the ones that are scented and nothing more? and my dryness is gone! also a bit of vaseline to seal it in on extra dry patches like knees! such an incredible difference! in terms of expensive body moisturizers, i have used tons, this is the secret to make an lotion incredible!
Also use a couple of drops mixed with splash of water on my hair if my curls are getting frizzy! Works perfectly
It is incredibly easy to adjust your skincare depending on the weather/issues you are facing. I wish I knew about this years ago!
You know what, a drop of this, lots of water, and petroleum jelly/Elta melting moisturizer, and a rosehip oil serum (any serum with R.O in it-my HG is saaf ultimate moisture serum)...this is all I need to create the perfect moisturizing mask!
A tiny drop of this mixed with a spritz of rosewater makes a lovely pre-moisturizer serum.
I have dry sensitive skin, clog-prone but glycerin hasn't given me any issues, although some people seem to be react to it.
My hands are always dry because i wash my hands excessively after -ahem- changing baby....glycerin+water is the best cure ever!
So simple and I won't waste tons of money using up all my expensive hand creams..I use those on occasion (purse item) and this several times a day!
Very basic product. But for my shoulder length afro (read dry dry dry) distilled water with glycerin is a gift from the gods.
When I remember, a mixture of aloe, chamomile, rose hydrosols, my hair just laps up juice. A mixture of argan and castor oils helps to seal this joy for the day.
I would not think to use it on my face as that would just fail. But I would not be without this product.
Only use vegetable glycerin....
A few years ago, my lips started to be very sensitive and to chap easily. As part of the process of trying to figure out what was causing them to be so dry and cracked, and to help heal them, I stopped using all lip products for a long time (it was especially hard to forego vaseline, since I'd used it for about 25 years constantly on my lips), and I turned to using pure glycerin (diluted in water, about 3 parts water to 1 part glycerin) to put on my lips a few times a day for moisturization and protection.
It was such a great relief to find something that didn't cause my lips any irritation, and that soothed them and seemed to help them heal.
My lips still are very sensitive and sometimes they get really dry and cracked (especially when anyone is using pine-oil-based cleaning products near me, or if I eat something with soy sauce in it, or if someone is using spraypaint nearby, and other odd triggers like that) --- but all the (many) steps I've taken to eliminate possible irritants (of all sorts) and to protect my lips have helped a lot.
I am still using the glycerin/water solution on my lips as the ONLY product that I put on my lips [though occasionally now I will use non-
SPF, non-mica-containing, etc. etc. lipstick... if the situation is worth it! :-) ].
The glycerin solution absorbs quickly and does not seem to negatively affect my lips at all. It keeps them pretty moist for several hours.
So for this purpose, I give glycerin 5 stars.
However, I've lately been having a hard time finding a moisturizer that will work for my facial skin - I'm middle-aged, but my skin is still as breakout-prone and sensitive-to-new-products as it was when I was a teenager.
I got through the last part of the summer without using a moisturizer, but because of the recent change in seasons and awfully-dehydrating forced-air heating (in addition to my nightly benzoyl peroxide 10%, which is a must-have for me), my skin is getting pretty dried out.
I thought I'd try the glycerin and water mixture (but more diluted with water than I use on my lips) as a stop-gap measure to give my facial skin a little moisture and a protective coating.
I put it on once a day after washing my face in the morning, for 3 days straight, in a period when I was using nothing else on my face during the daytimes (no makeup or anything).
After 3 days, most of my face was pretty much unchanged, but I had developed a strange reaction where the entire smile-wrinkle (the "parentheses" or whatever plastic surgeons call that wrinkle) on the left side of my face -- the left side only, not right side -- had developed literally dozens and dozens of blackheads. It was an area about 2 inches high and 1/2 inch wide that was suddenly full of new blackheads and enlarged pores, in a place on my face that is usually unclogged, calm and healthy.
I stopped using the glycerin (or anything else besides my nightly benzoyl peroxide and twice-a-day cleansing wash) on my facial skin.
A few days after I'd stopped using the glycerin, a few small pimples erupted from that patch of blackheads. It took about 10 days for the blackheads and small pimples to go away and for the pores to shrink to their normal size.
When things had gotten back to normal, thinking that it was nearly impossible that a weak glycerin solution
1. that had been applied equally all over my face, and
2. that had NOT caused my breakout-prone t-zone any obvious problems
could be the reason behind my left-side smile-wrinkle-area blackhead-explosion, I decided to experiment with putting a weak solution of glycerin on my face again.
Like before, I used no other products in the daytime but the one application of glycerin/water in the morning. After only two days of glycerin application -- whoa! the left-side smile-wrinkle area was newly full of blackheads and the pores were enlarged again.
I stopped using the glycerin on my face. A day or two after that, a few small red pimples popped up in the clogged area, as before.
I have no idea why only this odd area on the left side of my face is so sensitive to the glycerin and water. Maybe if I had used the glycerin solution for a few days longer, the clogged and upset skin would have spread over my whole face, I don't know.
So for this use of glycerin, I give it 1 star.
"5" for lips and "1" for rest-of-the-face brings my average rating to a "3".
Other notes on glycerin:
My grandmother used to say that glycerin and rosewater (that she bought at the drugstore in a glass bottle, back in the day) was the only thing that soothed her very dry legs. I have never used that product but might be worth a try on dry body skin.
The British spelling is "glycerine", but it's the same stuff.
I use Now Foods vegetable glycerin (it might also be organic, I don't remember) that I buy from the Swanson Vitamins website for about $4.
You can get non-vegetable, non-organic glycerin in most drugstores for a few dollars.
I use pure acetone to remove nail polish. It can be harsh and drying. Some bloggers have suggested adding glycerin to acetone to add some moisturizing quality (similar to Zoya's remover). I purchased a small 2 ounce bottle of glycerin at CVS for under $10. The brand I have is Wilson but I think any brand will do.
I took a half full 16 ounce bottle of pure acetone, added two tablespoons of glycerin and one tablespoon of water. After shaking the bottle all the glycerin was well distributed through the acetone.
Using the acetone/glycerin/water mixture eliminated the drying issue that pure acetone alone can cause.
As a moisturizer, I mix about 3 parts glycerin with 7 parts distilled water to make a very simple toner that works wonderfully when my DHC toner is too heavy (usually during the summertime). My nails also love glycerin; I used to use 100% pure acetone to remove nail polish that would dry out my cuticles, but after I read Loodie's blog on how to create a moisturizing remover that was similar to Zoya's Remove+ (I believe it was 8 oz of acetone to a tablespoon of glycerin), my cuticles have never been healthier. I've also used a few drops to revive dry gel/cream eyeliners successfully. Glycerin's a very versatile product and I'll definitely repurchase.
People! Glycerin is non comedogenic! And the reason of why some of you experienced dryness, is because of a wrong usage! Cosmetic ingredients are no joke, for real, you have to learn how to use it.
Glycerin is a humectant, which means it draws water out of the atmosphere to the skin. However, some experts say that unlikely for glycerin to do this unless there's a humidity of 60%-70% plus in the environment, when there's no enough humidity, glycerin draws water from the deeper layers of the skin, drying it from inside out. And when the humidity is too high, indeed will make your skin feel sticky.
Glycerin is a fantastic ingredient however, can effectively hydrate your skin, there's no reason to avoid it. When using anything with glycerin is important to: 1. keep yourself hydrated from the inside as well, and 2. use an occlusive ingredient (common occlusive ingredients are allantoin, cocoa, shea and mango butters and petrolatum). If glycerin is taking water from the deeper layers of your skin, without an occlusive ingredient, is likely that the water will evaporate out of your skin, leaving behind dehydrated skin, this is called "trans-epidermal water loss". An occlusive barrier will prevent water from evaporating.
I think you need to pair glycerin with a couple of glasses of water and some occlusive moisturizer.
I use this to turn powders into eyeliner mostly, or to simply apply my eyeshadows the boldest possible way. I have urban decay's take on this, a double ended wand, and this cheap fix works so much better. The UD version burns my eyes badly, this does not. The UD version cost somewhere around $20, this cost me $4. I am considering dumping out my UD liquid and filling it with glycerin mixture just because of the cute packaging.
I mix 1 part glycerin to 3 parts water to get the right consistency, then just dip my brush in and go. This really applies a good solid wash of bright vivid color that will not budge or fade. It's much better to apply eyeshadow wet with a little glycerin in it than just water. It has better staying power and in my experience, looks more vibrant than with water alone. You can also use contact lens solution, but I this this has a better consistency.
At first I used the glycerin alone on my skin. It cleared my sensitive and dry skin that I've been trying to fight for ages in a matter of two applications. Even though I have dry skin I have an acne prone skin too (how lucky am I! -_-), and the blemishes seem to have improved as well. The little flakes all disappeared. Even though I am happy with plain glycerin alone, I now mix it with some Aloe Vera and a few drops of Jojoba oil, and it makes the best light moisturizer. It's a really great base for make up too, it works just as well as an expensive primer. It's kind of slippery and filling. I've purchased the pure glycerin on iHerb, the brand is called Nature's Answer. The pure glycerin from the drugstore was thick and slimey and didn't seem to work that well. The consistency of Nature's Answer's glycerin is very good, I would recommend it to everyone. If you use the code UPU014 you get 5$ of your order on iHerb.