Often boxed as the colourless and odourless liquid used by actors to create fake tears for emotional scenes in movies, glycerine offers more than that.
Glycerine is a natural derivative of animal fats, vegetable oils, or petroleum and is also known as Glycerol.
In the skincare industry, glycerine is typically used in moisturisers or formulations to give them hydrating and humectant (a type of moisturising agent) capabilities. As a humectant and an emollient, glycerine retains moisture in the skin. It draws moisture from the air, delivers it to the skin cells, and helps keep the skin supple and alive.
Applying glycerine as a stand-alone on the skin is not ideal because it is an oil and hence will attract dust and further cause clogging of the skin. It is always diluted and used with blended moisturisers.
DIY ROUTINE AT HOME
Dilute glycerine with rose water in equal quantities and apply it lightly on a clean face. Let it work its magic for 15-20 minutes. Then, rinse off with lukewarm water. Finish by applying a hyaluronic acid serum.
For Dry Skin:
If you have dry or dehydrated skin, make a face mask with sandalwood paste, rose water and add glycerine to it. Apply it to your face and leave it for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off with cold water.
For Sensitive Skin
Opt for fruits like papaya or mashed-up pumpkin as a light exfoliant and blend glycerine into this. Apply onto the skin and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water.
If you have oily or acne-prone skin, it is advised to avoid glycerine completely.