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Benefits of Glycerine for Hair and Skin

Updated at: Sep 21, 2013
Benefits of Glycerine for Hair and Skin

The multi-purpose gyclerine attracts and draws in water easily, a property that makes it one of the most used substance for skin, hair care products and homemade remedies.

Written by: Himanshu SharmaPublished at: Jun 11, 2013

The colourless, odourless liquid glycerine is being used for several purposes, mainly for moisturising, healing or killing bacteria. The multi-purpose substance attracts and draws in water easily, a property that makes it one of the most used substance for skin, hair care products and homemade remedies.

Glycerine soap and lotions

Owing to its moisturising nature, glycerine can be used to moisturize hair along with water. The liquid can be used for different skin issues such as healing cuts/burns, treating itching from bug bites, reducing inflammation and lessening bruising.

Glycerine for Hair

Glycerine attracts moisture; it can be used to smoothen and soften hair. On application to hair, glycerine pulls moisture into the hair cuticles and locks it in, to prevent hair from becoming frizzy, dry or breaking off. Moreover, it works as an excellent conditioner for those with dry or coarse hair. Although, there is a risk in overuse of the liquid; it could make hair waxy or greasy.

Glycerine improves hair health and promotes its growth. Many hair care products containing glycerine tout that use of glycerine can help one have substantial hair growth in a short period of time.

As glycerine draws moisture from the air to the hair shaft and keeps them hydrated, it is very beneficial for curly hair. Curly hair, drier due to the shape of the hair shaft, can be curled better with glycerine.

How to use Glycerine for Hair

If you want to prepare a quick-and-easy moisturiser, mix a solution of equal parts water and equal parts glycerine. You can add a few drops of essential oils such as rosemary and lavender. For best results, use the solution after washing and conditioning hair. Apply the glycerine solution to the damp tresses using fingers, focusing on the dry areas. Leave it for five minutes and rinse out the excess using warm water.

Glycerine for Skin

  • Moisturiser: You may have seen that glycerine is often used as a cosmetic additive in lotions, moisturisers, soaps and shampoos. According to Botanical.com, glycerine has emollient-like properties that soften and soothe the skin, and assist in retaining moisture. Moreover, it draws moisture from the air to the skin, making it ideal for several home moisturising treatments.
  • Treatment of skin conditions: As per the study published in The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, glycerine helps skin cells mature properly, vital to those with conditions such as non-melanoma skin cancer and psoriasis.
  • Injury healer: Besides treating skin conditions, glycerine can be used to treat injuries. Dr. Mary P. Lupo study demonstrated how glycerine accelerates the healing process, lessens bruising and encourages tissues and cells to repair themselves.



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