Glycerine For Health And Beauty


Hello again everyone! We’ve been talking about Jules of the Earth’s Body Wash and the natural beneficial ingredients she uses to make all of her products. This week I want to focus on the ingredient Glycerine

Glycerine, also called glycerol, is an ingredient that is widely used in skin care products and works on the skin as a natural humectant, meaning it easily absorbs water from other sources to moisturise to the skin. Glycerine does more than that though! It can also stimulate and rejuvenate the skin cells. So we see it used in soaps, body moisturisers and lotions, body scrubs and body washes, face masks, shampoos and conditioners.

The best part is that it can be used for all skin types, including oily skin. In fact, its one of the ingredients you will find in products made to treat conditions, such as acne, infections, fine lines and wrinkles. Do you have dry skin? Glycerine that is applied topically to the face can help increase and lock in moisture

Its not just about beauty

Glycerine also has many medical uses and can be prescribed by your GP for a number of ailments:

  • Cerebral Edema – for this ailment glycerine is given to patients intravenously to help relieve pressure on the brain that has formed as a result of a stroke, encephalitis, meningitis, tumours and Reye’s Syndrome. Its used because it doesn’t dehydrate the patient like other methods do.

  • Constipation – Those who suffer from IBS or constipation may be familiar with glycerine suppositories as a short term treatment. These suppositories work by mildly irritating and lubricating the intestinal lining, which causes the muscles to contract. It also pulls water from the intestines into the stool to soften it.

  • Glaucoma – Glycerine has been used as far back as the 60’s as an oral supplement to help treat glaucoma and a number of other eye conditions where there has been an increase in pressure. Oral glycerine was found to bring the tension of glaucomatous eyes down to a more normal level.

  • Skin Disease – Glycerine’s humectant properties has been found to have a therapeutic effect for some skin diseases. It helps the skin cells to mature properly, which lets the younger cells move upwards from the deeper layers of the skin, allowing them to grow and mature into surface cells, which release lipids that help protect the skin.

So you can see why glycerine is such a widely used ingredient. Jules of the Earth uses glycerine in her soaps and a number of other products where extra moisture is needed. Let’s look at how it helps out our skin.

Moisturising – as a moisturiser, glycerine works by absorbing water from the air around us to help reduce the skins dry dull patches. Its great to use during the winter months especially and leaves the skin feeling soft and supple.

Smoothing – As our skin ages it can get a dull look and becomes more susceptible to redness, irritation and dryness because it loses its ability to retain moisture. So you will see glycerine in a lot of anti-ageing products. It smooths the skin and can fill in those microscopic cracks in dry skin.

Skin Protectant – Glycerine actually works in two ways; hydrating the skin and protecting it by keeping the skins outer layer intact. The outer layer of our skin is critical as a natural barrier that saves our skin form bacteria that causes skin diseases and pollutants.

Cleansing – Glycerine is a good cleanser that can help get rid of dirt found on the skin. Its especially good when mixed with rosewater and used as a cleanser.

Skin Enhancer – Because of its emollient properties, glycerine can keep you skin soft and supple, giving it a more healthy look.

One thing to watch for, when looking at those ingredients, is whether the glycerine being used is natural or synthetic. Natural glycerine, as used in Jules of the Earth Body Wash, comes from plant oils like coconut oil or Shea butter, or animal fats. Synthetic glycerine tends to use a petroleum base and isn’t really good on the skin, since petroleum can clog the pores and doesn’t allow the skin to breath naturally. When looking for glycerine products, look for natural or vegetable glycerine Or you could just try Jules of the Earth products!

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