There’s no skincare curse worse than having dry skin, which is also acne prone. Use an oily moisturiser and get set to witness the worst breakout of your life on your face. Use oil-free products and the skin starts flaking!
If the tone of this paragraph hasn’t already conveyed the frustration and given you a solid hint of the fact that I was talking about my own dismal state of skin, let me just be more direct and tell you that I was, perhaps, the most hopeless case of weird skin that mankind has ever witnessed.
Dry, dull, and acne-prone—it really doesn’t get worse.
But having an assertive mom, who knows the world helps, always
Having witnessed my helplessness about my skin and its deteriorating condition by the day, mom handed over a bottle of the most inexpensive and underestimated moisturiser one can think of.
I am talking about glycerine, which is omnipresent in most skincare products we use. From moisturisers to soaps to clears—ain’t nobody’s complete without glycerine. Yet, this ingredient never caught my fancy.
Smartass mommy, though knew about it from the very start but preferred waiting for me to reach that point of helplessness so that I could actually take her seriously.
And so, my tryst with glycerine began…
I religiously used glycerine and rosewater mixture every night after washing my face and woke up with a supple, glowing skin, minus the acne every morning.
The quick results strengthened my belief in mom’s miraculous remedy even further and so, I became a glycerine loyalist.
By the way mom’s in sync with science—as always
According to several studies, glycerine can serve the following functions for the skin:
1. It can hydrate the outer layer of the skin like no other
A study, published in the British Journal of Dermatology, calls glycerine a ‘humectant’, which is a type of moisturising agent that has the tendency to draw water and moisture from its nearest source.
Hence, it’s tendency to pull out water from the inner layers of the skin as well as from the surrounding air can work to your advantage and hydrate the outer layer of your skin like no other.
2. It can keep skin ageing at bay
Apart from the hydration provided by glycerine for softening your skin and keeping wrinkles at bay, glycerine also brings the new skin cells from the inner layers of the skin on the top layer, as per a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. This in turn can prevent signs of ageing like wrinkles, fine lines, and pigmentation on your skin.
3. It can even solve your acne problem
The improved barrier function mentioned above can even protect you against bacterial attack and the consequent acne. In fact, glycerine being oil-free won’t even clog your pores, further, helping your case of acne while providing adequate moisture to your acne-prone skin.
Convinced? Here’s how to add glycerine to your skincare routine
It is best to dilute glycerine with distilled water or rose water and use the mixture as a cleanser or simply an overnight moisturiser.
If, however, you feel your skin becoming itchy upon its application, wash it off immediately and know that it’s not meant for you, bruh!