If you pay attention to your skincare ingredients (and we hope you do) then you may have noticed the increased presence of glycerin in recent times.
However, you might not be aware of what glycerin is, or what it can do for your skin. But we hope to shed some light on the subject so you can take better care of your skin.
You might already be using glycerin
It’s highly likely you’ve already been enjoying the benefits of glycerin - it’s everywhere. A lot of products these days include glycerin to give it some punch.
You can find products with glycerin for every step of your skincare routine. Each one will help your skin look fuller, younger, and fuel hydration.
What is glycerin?
Glycerin is what’s known as a humectant, which is a class of moisturiser known for its ability to retain and attract moisture.
Using glycerin as part of your skincare routine will help to draw moisture either from the deeper layers of skin or from the air and leave your outermost layer of skin feeling plump and balanced.
For this reason, a humectant like glycerin has become a popular addition to skincare products. Whether it's for face washes or shaving creams, it can give an extra boost of moisture.
While glycerin is naturally scentless and colourless you might not even realise it’s there but you will certainly feel the effects.
How does glycerin benefit your skin?
For dry and flaky skin types, glycerin is a much-needed addition to any routine.
With the onset of summer and the warmer weather, you’ll want to take advantage of the more humid climate. The sponge-like qualities of glycerin will be a convenient weapon in your arsenal.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, glycerin is one of the best ways to bring relief to dry skin and can leave it feeling healthy and supple.
Glycerin also manages to soothe redness or irritation and leave skin smooth and looking much younger.
How often can you use products containing glycerin?
Simply put - the more regularly the better.
Unlike a lot of other very popular skincare ingredients, glycerin is incredibly gentle upon your skin. So you don’t have to worry about using it every day.
In fact, you might be actually counteracting the irritating effects of other skincare products.
Make sure that your skin is slightly damp when applying it to make sure that you maximise the benefits. Ideal times like after a shower or washing your face should give you the best results.
Remember that the hot water from your shower might actually be drying out your skin and an extra bump of moisture might be just the thing you need.
If you tend to forget about your routine until you’ve totally towelled off (we all make that mistake) then choose a mist or spray to lightly prepare your skin for glycerin-containing creams.
Try a glycerin-rich Poko cream
Each of these Poko products contains vegetable glycerin which naturally replenishes your skin to create a balanced, moisturized, and healthy complexion.