I so wished I could've loved this! but sadly it does not love me. I purchased vegetable glycerin (brand africare) and diluted it with water(1:4) to use as a moisturizing spray for my body/neck. The initial application feels great as it softens your skin. Afterward however, it made my face breakout in small pimples (esp on my outer cheeks and forehead), and one particular day when I used it, my skin (on my arms and parts of my thighs) became really dry and flaky. I was however pretty dehydrated so that could've been the main reason (being that glycerin is a humectant). Either way, glycerin is a big no-no for me, take caution!
Vegetable glycerine is my absolute favorite facial moisturizer (i would use it on the rest of my body if i could find a cheaper producet than what i am currently buying here in Canada -i prefer natural oils for the body where i don't have to worry about skin sensitivies and the cost is less). My face has acne, is oily, sensitive, easily irritated, and red; it has recently been very irritated (dry, peeling, and even more red) due to the use of prescription retinoids and benzoyl peroxide for the acne. Glycerine combats all of this and leaves my skin feeling moisturized (while using), looking plump (for most of the wear), with a youthful shine (yes, looks like "oily skin" but i quite like this and i'm sure this can be reduced by using less), and less red. also, it doesn't seem to worsen my acne and actually soothes blemishes and skin. but, i do have to mention two things: 1.) after a few hours and as it has mixed with my natural oils (again, i have oily skin), the "oily" look is pronounced which can be an issue for some; 2.) and, after several hours of wear (usually at the end of the day), the "oiliness" (combinded with other things i'm sure as how my skin tends to be less plump than the morning) highlights uneven skin texture.
How i use it: mix 1 part glycerine to 3 parts distilled water in a small spray bottle and mist 2-3 times on face and rub in well when needed (i particularly like to use this after i've just washed off my acne meds and my skin is feeling most dry). will feel like rubbing only water onto the face at first. in a few minutes, the feeling of water on the skin will be gone and you will be left with a tackiness from the glycerine. to reduce tackiness (if desired), decrease amount of glycerine in mix -i'm going to try it as a 25% solution next.
Hair: i just want to note that i've read that some like to use this in their hair to make it moisturized, shinnier, and to define curls. i have relatively straight (a little wavy at ends), thick and voluminous, oily scalped hair and tried the above solution on my tresses: found that the tackiness just "gunked" up my hair so much so that i didn't like (couldn't) running my hands through; it also didn't add any noticeable shine and seemed to weigh down my hair. Maybe best for those with curly hair to define curls if you don't mind the "gunky" feeling.
Lastly, please buy glycerine derived from a vegetable source ("Vegetable Glycerine") rather than a inhumane animal (or petroleum) source.
THE LADY WHO WROTE A REVIEW ABOVE MINE IS GOING TO BE SORRY HER FACE WILL BREAK OUT LIKE TWO WEEKS LATER SHES AN IDIOT. I USED THE ( NOW )BRAND VEGETABLE GLYCERIN AND ENDED UP IN THE HOSPITAL.WAS ON MY FACE FOR TWO DAYS WHEN I BECAME DIZZY, NAUSEATED, DEATHLY ILL, NOSE BLEED, HEADACHE BEHIND MY EYES, IT WAS TOXIC BLOOD POISONING .GLYCERIN SOAKS ANY CHEMICAL INTO YOUR BLOODSTREAM THAT YOU PUT ON YOUR FACE, IT IS VERY DANGEROUS.IT LITERALLY DEHYDRATED ME FROM THE iNSIDE OUT.I HAVE BEEN ILL FOR TWO WEEKS NOW.NOT TO MENTION MY SKIN BROKE OUT, BEWARE IF YOU ARE ACNE PRONE BECAUSE YOU WILL BREAK OUT ABOUT A WEEK AFTER AND IT WILL GET WORSE.I HAD ONLY MIXED 3 DROPS TO 10 DROPS OF WATER.AND THIS WAS NOT AN ALLERGIC REACTION. LOOK UNDER THIS WEBSITE-((DANGERS OF VEGETABLE GLYCERIN)).
Worst mistake! My face is literally the worst it has ever been, from only 2 days (2 mornings and 2 nights) of usage. I only ever have occasional hormonal chin cysts, but since using retin-a to freshen my skin, my skin has become super-sensitive. As a result, I've been reacting more easily to products and getting cosmetic acne that clears itself by discontinuing usage.
After two days, I noticed that my skin seemed "off," and discontinued usage. Woke up today with literally almost every pore clogged, from my chin, to my cheeks, to my forehead. I have NEVER had more than a total of seven TINY pimples at once and now my whole face is quite literally covered in bumps. It is dry, bumpy, and red. It looks like I have fairly severe acne.
For reference, I used pure vegetable glycerin from Whole Foods and diluted it 1 part glycerin to 10 parts (purified bottled spring water). I sprayed it on my face using a newly purchased spray bottle.
EDIT: After several days of benzoyl peroxide, my face is severely dry, and slightly red, but nearly clear. I'm 98 percent positive that it was the glycerin that caused this reaction. I still am unsure why, but based on previous experiences with "non-comedogenic" products, I'd say that the term is simply irrelevant. Some products with very harsh and alleged irritants do not break me out. Some "non-comedogenic" and "non-acnegenic" products do break me out. I don't believe the science, but perhaps someone can convince me.
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.