Hydrating ingredients are essential when it comes to skin care and maintaining a healthy complexion. The trendier hydrating skincare ingredient tends to be hyaluronic acid with its recent explosion in the skin care world. With that being said, glycerin is often overlooked but is actually hiding in a lot of your moisturizing products due to its amazing benefits. Glycerin is not the ingredient you should be overlooking but what actually is it? Glycerin acts as a humectant that attracts moisture from the air and onto the top layer of the skin. Because it has a lower molecular weight, it is able to draw moisture deeper and more effectively into the skin. It is often derived from plants and yields several benefits. The following includes some ways glycerin can transform your skin for the better.

1. Protects your skin. We know that moisture is necessary to combat dry, cracked skin but did you know that hydration can also protect you from wounds and environmental aggressors? Glycerin locks in moisture to keep your skin soft and supple, making it more difficult for harsh products like soap, to strip away your natural oils. It also works to protect you in the harsh winter months where cracked, flakey skin can be more susceptible to infection. 

2. Contains anti-aging properties. There often tends to be a link between hydrating ingredients and anti-aging effects. This reigns true with glycerin as it works to trap moisture into your skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Your skin may age quicker when you do not properly hydrate as it could lead to further cracking and imperfections. A 2003 dermatology study found that glycerin could also work to slow down skin aging through guiding young skin cells from the deepest layer onto the surface of your skin. 

3. Combats breakouts. There tends to be a common misconception with moisturizing and breakouts. That misconception is that intensely moisturizing your skin can lead to excess oil production and more acne. However, experts state that depriving your skin from moisture is actually what makes it produce more oil because it is dehydrated. Glycerin is oil-free and non-comedogenic so it will deeply moisturize without clogging your pores. It is also a gentle ingredient, meaning it will not irritate and further inflame your breakouts. 

4. Prevents loss of moisture. As the previous blog post mentioned, damaging your moisture barrier results in dry, dull skin. Glycerin works to maintain the moisture barrier through penetrating and absorbing said moisture into the skin. It prevents loss of water in the skin and allows its natural oils to deeply nourish and repair for glowing, vibrant skin. It often requires a small amount on the skin for it to produce transformative hydrating benefits. 

How can you use glycerin? 

Glycerin is best used topically in serums or moisturizers so that it may deeply penetrate and sink into the skin. It is also very gentle and non-irritating so it tends to work for every skin type and can be used more than once a day. Fyab Health has effectively formulated serums with glycerin that cater to different needs. These include the Skin Vitality Anti-Aging SerumBlemish Control SerumRenewal Serum and Brightening Serum. So, whatever your skin needs may be, you may incorporate glycerin as well. 

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