Unlisted Brand • Glycerin • Moisturizers
|Would buy this product again.||64%|
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone, Dark, Warm Hair: Black, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Brown
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....
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
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.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
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.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Hazel
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.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Hazel
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.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Brown
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 $4. I am considering dumping out my UD liquid and filling it with glycerin mixture just because of the cute packaging.
I mix 1 part glycerin to 3 parts water to get the right consistency, then just dip my brush in and go. This really applies a good solid wash of bright vivid color that will not budge or fade. It's much better to apply eyeshadow wet with a little glycerin in it than just water. It has better staying power and in my experience, looks more vibrant than with water alone. You can also use contact lens solution, but I this this has a better consistency.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
At first I used the glycerin alone on my skin. It cleared my sensitive and dry skin that I've been trying to fight for ages in a matter of two applications. Even though I have dry skin I have an acne prone skin too (how lucky am I! -_-), and the blemishes seem to have improved as well. The little flakes all disappeared. Even though I am happy with plain glycerin alone, I now mix it with some Aloe Vera and a few drops of Jojoba oil, and it makes the best light moisturizer. It's a really great base for make up too, it works just as well as an expensive primer. It's kind of slippery and filling. I've purchased the pure glycerin on iHerb, the brand is called Nature's Answer. The pure glycerin from the drugstore was thick and slimey and didn't seem to work that well. The consistency of Nature's Answer's glycerin is very good, I would recommend it to everyone. If you use the code UPU014 you get 5$ of your order on iHerb.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Olive, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
- helps rid of psoriasis
- great for setting makeup
- helps foundation apply more easily
I can't believe it took so long for me to start using this. This stuff got rid of my psoriasis...over night. My scalp had significant improvement, as well as other affected areas. I love misting it all over my face prior to foundation application for a beautiful glow and helping my makeup blend in better. My skin looks so much better! What a miracle in a bottle.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Kinky, Coarse Eyes: Brown
I have combination skin that is dehydrated and easily irritated by friction; in general, I suffer from allergic dermatitis and suspect that I'm in a pre-rosacea state. I also tried this as a water-glycerin mixture for moisturizing my face, but experienced very temporary effects of hydration and then it really seemed to make my face even drier. Also tried a similar combo as a hair spritz and no matter how much I diluted the glycerin it made my hair sticky and stiff. My last attempt was to use it to wash my face using a DIY recipe for makeup remover of water, glycerin and grapeseed oil; this resulted in extreme redness and generalized burning. I agree with others that probably the source (mine is coconut oil) and the quantity in the formulation can yield varied results because I'm currently using a facial cleanser that has glycerin (unspecified vegetable source) listed as the first ingredient and I'm having good results. I'm prone to persistence and using up stuff, so I'm going to try it in a DIY foot cream.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I've wanted to try using glycerin & water as a moisturizer since I cannot tolerate any moisturizers, and for me, it turned out pretty good.
I have acne-prone skin, and I couldn't use any moisturizer without breaking me out so I read about glycerin & water, and how that is in 80% of all moisturizers.
I've been using it for a few months now and it's been really good for me. I think it's one of those things that depends on your skin type. If you cannot tolerate any moisturizer it's worth a try.
I found that making a fresh batch on each application is easier and fresher. It does go bad fast if you mix some with water and keep it in a bottle.
I just use a few drops on my hand and mix it with clean filtered water, approximately 3 to 1 ratio, sometimes less water depending on how dry my skin feels.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I thought that I have a weird skin, but after I see the post from you guys, I know that I am not alone. Thanks. I am one of the person who cannot tolerate glycerin on my face. Any cleanser or moisturizers or serum that contain glycerin will and definitely break me out. It is so hard to find product that doesnt contain glycerin nowdays, especially in cleansers. It took years for me of painful trial and error before I kow that glycerin is the culprit behind all my breakouts, all this years. Please share your stories if you are experiencing the same thing.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Hazel
I tried this last night after reading it was used to accelerate skin barrier repair in an experiment where the skin was subjected to harsh treatments. I mixed 1 part glycerin with 1 part water and slept in it over night. When I woke my skin redness had been reduced a lot, and looked much plumper! I will continue to use this at night and hope to see even more improvement! UPDATE 17.8.11 Sadly this makes me too oily, even if I wash my face in the morning to remove it I stay greasy throughout the day, eugh! Maybe good for a weekly mask when skin is dry though!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Dark, Cool Hair: Black, Kinky, Fine Eyes: Brown
Basically I use this in the summer when it is super humid and the thought of using lotion would gross me out. I apply this immediately after a shower and I would remain ash free for the whole day. I don't use it on my face because one time I used it diluted and it made my face somewhat itchy. I might try it again to make sure it wasn't a fluke. I also use it in my hair but I dilute it a lot because too much would make my hair sticky. I would repurchase this again.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I was trying to use glycerin as a moisturizer.(water: glycerin) (3:1 ratio & 5:1 ratio) but it was either to sticky or it didn't moisturize enough. I just gave up on it because it made my skin look like it was moisturized but it still felt dry and I still had dry patches. I would only wash my face every other day and my skin was dryer by the time i needed to wash my face.(i live in Houston, TX where there is plenty of humidity) I only think glycerin works if combined with another moisturizing agent like an oil. But it didn't break me out and my skin reacts to everything. I can only see this working for people that have oily skin in which they probably don't need a moisturizer anyways.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
Glycerin is used in many skin care and cosmetic products. However, I do not think this would be a good idea to use on my acne prone sensitive skin so I do not use it in terms of skin care.
I got a bottle of this at a drugstore and I use it for a DIY MAC Fix+ spray. I have a small plastic sprayer bottle and what I do is mix 1 teaspoon of glycerin to 4 or 5 teaspoons of water and mix it up. You must replace this every few weeks because it goes bad.
You can use this mixture 3 ways. 1) to set your makeup, by misting it over your face when you're finished, to make it last longer and also to moisturize your face. This is helpful with mineral makeup or powder foundation to blend it in more and make your face appear less dry and cakey. 2) it can be used as a base before your apply your makeup similar to primer/pre makeup moisturizer. 3) However, I have found the best way it works for me is to spray my kabuki brush with this mixture, dip it into my mineral foundation powder pan, and buff it on. It makes the mineral powder blend better and look less cakey and it also makes my powder last longer. This doesnt damage your powder either, it makes it look wet afterwards but it dries up and goes back to normal. I do this when I wear just concealer and mineral powder foundation and also when I use liquid foundation and I use the mineral powder foundation lightly to set it. It works great either way!
MAC Fix+ spray is sooooo expensive (at least to me, a poor in debt student) and this is so cheap and works the same.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
Skincare-wise, regarded as a humectant.
In health care I have seen this used as an osmotic. Used in eye drops, pre-op, for pt. with glaucoma, used orally for pt with increased ICP as an osmotic. Labeled for use as a hyperosmotic at 5.4% in a fleets enema.
Have heard that this can dry your skin from the inside out. Having used in skincare, and seeing that it's in some of my favorite products, I do notice that it pulls water to the top layer of skin, plumps it up somewhat.
In the product itself, glycerin works (as a humectant) to prevent the product from drying out/evaporating out of fluid. I would assume that if the fluid is pulled from a lower level of the skin then it can be replaced internally, however I am not certain of the long term effects of it's use in high concentrations when taken in light of it's use in health care as an osmotic. Recently read about a study using glycerin to tx psoriasis and eczema, as the glycerin molecule can penetrate in the corneocyte and pull water with it (as per researchers).
Considering it's in some of my favorite face washes, I do wonder about it's placement high up on the list and whether it's been drying my skin over time. Makes my skin look better temporarily, at least, so in my face spray I'll continue to use when I want a little extra ooomph.
Felt the need to include it's other uses.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Dry, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Brunette, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Hazel
I've tried using this as a setting/moisture spay and found that it did nothing for me. A few weeks ago I pulled this out and added a few drops do my lotion that I usually put on my feet. (Bath and Body works) And holy cow, BIG DIFFERENCE. Started using it all over my body after my showers while there's still moisture in the air and on my body. Great booster for any lotion.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool Hair: Other, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
I've found SOOO many uses for Glycerin:
1.) It can be used as a moisturizer
2.) You can use it on windburns
3.) You can use it to treat chapped lips
4.) You can use glycerin on chafted skin [razor burn, anyone?]
5.) You can apply glycerin to cracked skin
6.) If you apply glycerin to your feet, then sleep in a sock, you'll wake up with moisturized soft skin, great for treating callouses and easing blister pain.
7.) Make-up artists can use glycerin as a mixing medium
8.) Make-up artists can create an amazing and long lasting dupe for MAC's overly expensive FIX+
9.) Glycerin feels gooshy and it's safe to touch, so kids can play with it but they can't eat this or else they'll get sick. So I definitely recommend this for older and easily bored teenagers.
10.) Glycerin can be used to help treat yeast and fungal infections, including psoriasis and eczema.
11.) If you spill something sticky, especially something like ice cream or meat juices in your freezer, then apply Glycerin over it and wipe up the sticky stuff. The Glycerin will make the sticky-stuff easier to remove.
12.) If diluted with water properly, it could make an excellent and cheap alternative for eye-make up removers. I've had Glycerin in my eyes before, it doesn't sting them either.
13.) Glycerin can be used to preserve the shelf life of various foods such as cakes, candies, meats, cheese, and even some dry food products.
14.) Glycerin can help sweeten candies and cakes
15.) If you ever decide to get a real plant for decoration or maybe buy some roses for your lover, to keep the plant alive, soak them in a mixture of 1 part glycerin and 2 parts water in a flat pan. Let the plants sit in the pan for a week. This will help the plant absorb moisture, keeping it alive much longer than ever expected. You must repeat this process to help maintain the plant's life, but it works wonders. Florists do it all the time.
16.) You can create a homemade soap bar with Glycerin
17.) You can create body wash with Glycerin
18.) You can eliminate tar stains with Glycerin
19.) If you're ever out of shaving cream and still want soft, succulent skin, then substitute it with Glycerin.
20.) You can use Glycerin as a lip gloss
ECT, ECT, ECT!!!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
I use this 3:1 as a dupe for Fix+ and I have finally figured out a foundation routine that gives me natural looking, gorgeous skin. Obviously this product doesn't work for everyone, but for me it's unbelievable and it s critical part of my HG foundation routine.
First off, I have weird skin -- it's dry, but still has a tendency to get oilies and is somewhat acne prone. And it's not like I'm dry in one area and oily in another -- I mainly get my dryness in the exact same areas I tend to get oily/shiny during the day. But I haven't had really bad acne or anything so, I'm not complaining, but I have had a hard time figuring out a foundation routine. Mainly, foundations have tended to look cakey and makeup would stick to dry flaky skin. I've spent years struggling with it and for most of my life, just didn't wear foundation. But I've finally found a solution and Glycerin is definitely a big part of it. So, this is definitely really long, but if you've struggled with dry skin, this might be your answer.
1. So, first I moisturize. I use and swear by Equate Complete Beauty Lotion, which is a Walmart dupe for Oily of Olay Complete for sensitive skin. However, Oil of Olay has apparently changed its formula so, you have to get the Equate brand -- I'm stocking up because I'm afraid Equate will change its formula. Anyway, this moisturizer really acts as a primer for me -- shrinks my pores, smooths my skin, it's amazing. Anyway, next...
2. Concealer on any areas that need it. I don't use anything special. In fact, I'm still searching for my HG so, I'm jumping from brand to brand at the moment. Just something used sparingly to cover blemishes, under eyes etc. (I have to color correct under my eyes). OK, next....
3. I spritz my face with glycerin spray and apply foundation with a damp stippling (187) brush (I use Revlon CS). I mist my entire face with the Glycerin spray, but it's not dripping wet -- just a fine mist.
4. Next, I put on my powder products, which for me is blush, bronzer and a loose translucent powder (I use Coty translucent and apply with a big fluffy powder (150) brush). At this point, my skin looks OK, but IMO you can tell I'm wearing makeup because my face looks powdery and to me, almost thick if that makes sense. So, next....
5. I again mist my entire face with glycerin spray and then I buff my entire face with a damp stippling (187) brush. I just basically sheer everything out and buff it in. (You have to make sure to put your blush/bronzer on a bit darker and then when you get to this step, it sheers it out and blends everything in).
6. At this point, my skin looks gorgeous and dewy, but there's just slightly too much shiny down the center of my face. So, using a fluffy powder (150) brush I put a very very light dusting of pressed powder foundation in the places I tend to get oily (for me a strip right down the middle of my face -- kind of like T-zone, but only the center of my forehead). For reasons I don't understand, this last step can't be translucent powder. I'm using a Neutrogena sheer powder at the moment which seems to work fine.
7. I have to touch up a couple times during the day. Wish I could figure out something that gave these results AND lasted forever, but haven't figured that yet. Anyway, I use the Neutrogena sheer powder for this as well and just blot the shiny areas with a small amount of powder on a sponge (yes, I use a sponge because I don't want to carry a brush in my purse -- I just wash the sponge and after a few washes, I replace it).
So, there it is -- years of experimenting and it gives me the most amazing, natural finish. It doesn't look like makeup, it just looks like beautiful, hydrated skin.
As many reviewers have stated, you should not use glycerin undiluted. Also, some people just do not do well with glycerin. But if you have dry skin and you've struggled to get natural looking foundation, glycerin definitely was the answer for me. I also use it as a mixing medium and it works great for that. I will repurchase again and again.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Other
This stuff is best for heavy duty needs. My BF sails, and this is the go to for windburns. Day to day, it's heavy and has a hideous consistancy. For something run of the mill, I'd use something a bit less extreme. But for a serious lack of moisture, for a few dollars you'd do well to pick some up.