How you can use glycerine as a natural substitute for your expensive moisturisers

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Apart from rose water, another star product that found itself a safe spot in the previous generation’s skincare regime was glycerine. Found in shampoos, soaps and body lotions, glycerine has somehow lost the crown to many complex ingredients over time, that claim to be better moisturisers and humectants. A cost effective treat for dry and parched skin, this star product is something you might want to include in your moisturising game. Skincare experts tell us why you should give glycerine the importance your mothers and grandmothers gave it.

A safe and natural humectant

“Glycerine is a non-toxic, odorless and colourless, natural humectant, which is a great skin conditioner. A natural humectant prevents moisture loss of the skin and helps lock in moisture,” says cosmetic formulator Ashima Sharma. Dermatologist and skincare expert Dr Mikki Singh adds, “It is safe and used on patients suffering from Ichthyosis (an extremely dry, thickened and scaly skin condition) as it absorbs moisture from the outside and is a cost effective way to moisturise larger areas of the body.”

Used to treat skin conditions “It can also be used to treat skin eczema, as it helps in improving the skin texture by forming a protective barrier on your skin. It also has anti-ageing properties that help slow down the process of ageing,” says Ashima, explaining why it was a must-have in our mothers and grandmothers’ skin regimes. “It is also a great substitute for the fancy body creams and lotions that often give children rashes and allergies,” says Dr Mikki.

Things to keep in mind

Being pretty thick in texture, experts say that it might not be a great idea to use only glycerine, especially on the face. “Since it is thick, it attracts dust and can lead to acne and pimples on the face,” says Dr Mikki. Ashima advises, “Use it with water or rose water before applying on your face. It is better if diluted with a little bit of rose water, which also has many skin healing properties.” But before you start incorporating glycerine in your skincare regime, experts advise doing some research before purchasing pure glycerine from shops. Also, do not overdo the quantity of glycerine you use on your skin.

QUICK FIXES WITH GLYCERINE

1 cup rose water

¼ cup aloe vera gel

1 tablespoon glycerine

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 tablespoon Shea butter

1 tablespoon beeswax

1 tablespoon coconut oil/ almond oil

1 tablespoon glycerine

4-5 drops essential oil of your choice

Half cup rose water with few drops of glycerine

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