Benefits of Glycerin - ESP blog

The global pandemic has definitely led us to some reflection and appreciation in our lives of all the things we take for granted, and in this leading us to appreciate some of our most valuable (and under appreciated) ingredients! Today we reflect on the goodness and often overlooked… Glycerin

According to 2019 data in U.S. FDA’s Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program (VCRP), glycerin is the third most frequently used ingredient in cosmetics


Why we love it?

"It is a humectant, which means it has the property of attracting water to itself."

Yeah, that's right. It's a moisturizer that actually attracts more moisture. "Glycerin is essentially like a sponge that pulls in water to the outer skin layer," Zeichner explains.

"It can attract water from the deeper skin layers or even the air in humid environments." It also helps slow the evaporation of water from your skin to help foil that chronic winter dryness, adds Erin Gilbert, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. In short, it's a skin secret weapon.

When you're fighting dry, winter skin, you want the best moisturizers around; we're talking the juiciest ingredients you can get your parched, cracked hands on. That's why you'll want to look for glycerin in all your skin-care products.

Why is it used in cosmetics and personal care products?

Glycerin is used safely in numerous cosmetics and personal care products such as soaps, toothpaste, shaving cream, and skin/hair care products to provide smoothness and lubrication. It is also a well-known humectant that prevents the loss of moisture from products so they don’t dry out as quickly.

Other reported functions for glycerin include use as a fragrance ingredientdenaturanthair conditioning agentoral care agentskin conditioning agent— humectantskin protectantoral health care drug, and viscosity decreasing agent.


We are also seeing Glycerin in most of the popular hand sanitizer formulations


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