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What Is Glycerin?
Glycerin, sometimes also called glycerol or glycerine, is a clear, sweet-tasting liquid. It’s a carbohydrate, technically a sugar alcohol, derived from animal fats or plant oils. To simply call glycerin magical is an understatement. It has antiviral and antimicrobial properties that make it a favorite FDA-approved topical salve for wounds and burns. It’s commonly added to all sorts of things, including pharmaceutical drugs, cosmetics, deodorants, candles, and even toothpaste. But its widest use by far is in foods, drinks, hair products, and, as we hinted above, skincare products. One of its most remarkable qualities is its incredible, unparalleled moisturizing ability.
"It’s commonly added to all sorts of things, including pharmaceutical drugs, cosmetics, deodorants, candles, and even toothpaste."
The Most Amazing Moisturizer
Glycerin is a fantastic humectant. It draws water into the outer layer of your skin from its deeper layers as well as pulling it directly from the air like a sponge. It then locks that moisture in on a cellular level, leaving your skin wonderfully soft, supple, and dewy. Its hydrating effects are non-toxic, gentle, and long-lasting.
Many other additives are used as a hydrating component in skin and hair care products, including hyaluronic acid, propylene glycol, and emollients such as shea butter, cocoa butter, petrolatum, and various oils. But nothing works quite like glycerin, and unlike some of those other additives, glycerin won’t leave any sticky, oily, foul-smelling, or otherwise unpleasant residues on your skin. Furthermore, it is penetrating in a way that emollients are not. Oils may smooth and soothe the outer surface of your skin, however, they do not actually moisturize it. Glycerin does. Indeed, it’s one of the most amazing moisturizers there is, and because of that, it has become one of the most highly desired additives to skincare products today.
"Natural glycerin one of the most amazing moisturizers there is, and because of that, it has become one of the most highly desired additives to skincare products today."
The Other Benefits Of Glycerin In Skin Care
In addition to its moisturizing properties, glycerin also has other beneficial qualities that are great for your skin.
Promotes Cell Replenishment
Your skin cells naturally go through a revolving maturation process as your older cells die and are sloughed off and replaced by new skin cells. Scientific studies show that glycerin works to regulate that process, helping your skin cells mature and replenish themselves. Skin ailments and diseases (such as psoriasis and eczema) occur when that process does not function well on its own. Thus, glycerin can help ward off those types of disorders so that your skin stays soft, smooth, and healthy-looking.
Improving Your Skin’s Appearance
Glycerin plumps up your skin and acts as an exfoliant, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also breaks up and removes the clumps of dry, dead cells that cause dry, rough patches, such as on elbows and knees.
As mentioned earlier, glycerin has antiviral and antimicrobial characteristics. It helps heal your skin and reduces the appearance of blemishes such as acne. Combined with its moisturizing effects, it’s a terrific salve for dry, cracked skin.
When added to skincare cleansing products, glycerin really shines. It’s the ideal additive for soaps, infusing it with its collective beneficial properties to create a cleaning agent superior to many others. Glycerin is the magical elixir in soap that literally makes your skin better every time you use it.
Natural vs. Synthetic Glycerin: Vegan Is The Best
When perusing labels, there’s something you should keep in mind. Not all glycerin are created equal. It may be derived naturally from either animal fats or plant oils, and it can be made synthetically from petroleum as well. Synthetic glycerin goes through a chemical extraction process that can result in toxic residues you would never want on your skin. Meanwhile, glycerin made from animal fats may be subject to many different impurities you likewise would not want on your body.
The best glycerin for your skin is vegan, derived only from plants. Only all-natural, vegan glycerin is completely non-toxic, free from impurities, and comes with the assurance that it has been sourced responsibly, humanely, and in an environmentally friendly way.
When looking for soaps made with vegan glycerin, look at our collection of soaps! The glycerin in our artisan, handcrafted soaps is 100% vegan and of the finest quality, made only from pears and apples. Not only that, but our soap offerings are truly works of art—a sumptuous treat not only for your skin but also all your senses, as beautiful-looking and sweet-smelling as the exclusive blend of our essential oils mixed into. In fact, all of our company’s additives are completely natural, biodegradable, earth-friendly, and specially selected for the wonderful things they do for your skin.
"From left to right:
The Mayan - Cocoa Butter Natural Vegan Soap Bar
Porto-Cali - Orange Peel Oil Natural Vegan Soap Bar
Cherry Blossom - Cherry & Curly Dock Oil Natural Vegan Soap Bar (Top)
Down Under - Eucalyptus Oil Natural Vegan Soap Bar
Olivium - Olive Leaf Oil Natural Vegan Soap Bar (Bottom)
Lone Star - Anise Oil Natural Vegan Soap Bar"
Looking for suggestions? Check out A Day At The Hammam, a bar infused with the therapeutic effects of natural pistachio oil, which is known to treat dandruff and hair loss. Or Kazablanka, a bar made with argan oil that is great for acne and has a built-in loofah as well (one of many bar selections that include loofahs!). Or Down Under, a stunning-looking bar that contains eucalyptus oil and leaf. Eucalyptus has been used medicinally for ages and is renowned for its anti-inflammatory effects and its soothing, lightly minty scent.
With so many tantalizing choices, you may find it difficult to choose, but no matter which soap bars you ultimately decide on, you’ll find natural vegetable glycerin as a key ingredient in each one. Do something magical for your skin and add Sabun Co. soaps to your daily skin regimen today.