Make Your Skin Happy By Incorporating Glycerin Into Your Skincare Routine

Make Your Skin Happy By Incorporating Glycerin Into Your Skincare Routine

When it comes to using glycerin on our face or just using glycerin in general, the only thing that comes to my mind is how it’s used as fake tears by actors across the globe. But more than that, it does act as a wonder potion for our skin too! 

Glycerin has been used as an integral part of skincare for many years now. You may not realise it, but a lot of your day-to-day skincare products such as moisturizers, toners, and even face washes contain glycerin in them. 

Glycerin is a moisture-absorbing agent that has really good intentions for your skin. It doesn’t matter if you have dry skin, oily skin, or even acne-prone skin, glycerin is here to save the day...and your skin. Let’s find out how you can apply glycerin on your face for dry skin, for oily skin, and even to add glow to dull skin!

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    How To Use Glycerin On Dry Skin


    Dry skin can sometimes be so annoying. No matter how much you slather your skin with the likes of facial creams, serums, and even oils, your face looks parched!

    And if you have tried many products, let’s try another one as we know that your skin will love it! Did you know that glycerin is a type of humectant? That means that it's a moisturizing agent that helps penetrate moisture into the deeper layers of your skin.

    People have been using glycerin on dry skin for many years now and here’s how you can too:

    For Instant Moisturization

    If you wake up to skin that feels dry and flaky, take a few drops of glycerin and dab it into your skin using a cotton ball for an instant dose of hydration. You can also mix 1 tbsp glycerin with 2 tbsps of rosewater and apply it with a cotton ball.

    Mix It Up With Your Skincare Products

    If your skin is dryer than our mouths after a successful night-out, then we know that your bedside stand has at least 2-3 facial moisturizers that you layer up every morning. Add a few drops of glycerin to it and see the change.

    Mix It With Your Face Packs

    Applying a fine layer of face masks is a great way to ensure that the product works on your skin whilst moisturizing it from within. Add 2-3 drops of glycerin to your face mask or you can even mix it up with your DIY face mask to see how glycerin works for dry skin.

    How To Use Glycerin On Oily Skin


    As mentioned before, glycerin works wonders for dry skin due to its super hydrating properties but that doesn’t mean that you cannot use glycerin on oily skin. Here’s how you can use the magical skin benefits of glycerin on oily skin too.

    Use It To Calm Your Skin

    Glycerin is super gentle on our skin as it’s a plant substance. It also has anti-inflammatory properties so if you have skin eruptions, you can use glycerin to dab it on the affected skin to calm it down.

    It’s The Perfect Moisturizing Agent

    You may be wondering why you need to apply a moisturizing agent to skin that’s already covered in oil most of the time?!

    A lot of people who have oily skin skip on applying a basic moisturizer but no matter your skin type, you cannot take moisturizer out of your skincare routine. If a store-bought product does not work for you, apply a few drops of glycerin for an instant dose of moisturization.

    Acts As A Great Toner

    If you’re looking for a natural toner for oily skin, glycerin it is! It is oil-free and non-comedogenic which means it won’t clog your pores and you can apply it daily without a worry in the world.

    How To Use Glycerin On Face With Pimples And Acne


    If your skin’s favourite thing is to irritate you by breaking out at the worst times, perhaps applying glycerin on your face might control those painful freaks! Here’s how:

    DIY It Into A Germ-Killing Face Mask

    Raise your hands if you have spent an enormous amount of money on skincare products and yet your skin is acting like a spoilt kid at a candy store!

    Time to save your hard-earned money and try this simple DIY glycerin mask instead: 

    Mix 2 tbsps of turmeric powder, 1 tbsp of rosewater and 1 tbsp of glycerin in a bowl and apply it on your face.

    Apply this twice a week for 25 minutes and you’ll notice a visible reduction in the appearance of acne.

    Use It As A Toner

    If your skin loves inviting acne every other day, replace your regular toner with glycerin. Use it every day after cleansing your face and it’ll not only reduce acne but will also keep your skin moisturized and healthy. Usage of glycerin on face is really underrated but once you try it, there's no going back!

    Use It As An Added Skincare Step

    As mentioned earlier, glycerin doesn’t clog your pores. So, if your skin is a playground for frequent breakouts, use a cotton ball and dab a few drops of glycerin on it. Apply this every day and you’ll notice your skin becoming visibly clearer in no time.

    How To Use Glycerin To Get Glowing Skin


    If you’re looking for cheaper ways to get back that glow on your skin, glycerin may help you in so many ways!

    Mix It With Your Moisturizer

    Using glycerin on your face every day will make your skin hydrated and give it that lit-from-within glow. Just mix it with your facial moisturizer and see the difference in a couple of weeks.

    Mix It With Your Face Packs

    Adding glycerin to your face packs, whether market purchased or homemade, can give you the glowing skin you always desired. Just add 2-3 drops of glycerin and there you have it!

    Use It As A Cleanser And A Toner

    If you’ve not yet managed to find a toner that improves your skin’s texture and leaves a subtle glow behind, we know what will solve all your woes. Yup, you guessed it right; it’s glycerin!


    We bet you still have a couple of questions on how to use glycerin on your face or is it even safe to use overnight? Brace yourselves as we're answering all your queries.

    What are the benefits of using glycerin on the skin?

    Glycerin is a natural humectant which means that it goes deeper into the skin layers to keep it soft, hydrated and moisturized. Because it works wonders for our skin, glycerin is used in so many skincare products.

    Apart from that, it also protects your skin from environmental factors and heals minor cuts and wounds.

    What are the side effects of glycerin on skin?

    Unlike so many skincare ingredients, glycerin is really gentle on our skin but that doesn’t mean that it can’t cause a few complications. If you have severe allergies or sensitive skin, make sure you test it first before applying glycerin directly on your face or even mixing it with your skincare packs and products.

    If you do apply glycerin on your face and suddenly develop rashes or eruptions, please wash your face and stop using it immediately.

    Can we keep glycerin on our face overnight?

    This may come as a surprise to you but glycerin can dry up your skin’s inner layers! Despite being a moisturizing agent, applying glycerin on your face overnight or every day for longer durations is not advisable as it will make your skin age faster as the inner layers would dry up.

    Before going to bed, apply glycerin on your face for not more than 20 minutes, wash off and that’s it.

    So, if you ever wondered about how to use glycerin on your face at night, well, now you know!

    Can we apply glycerin directly on face?

    Absolutely yes! You can apply glycerin directly to your face as it shall moisturize your skin and make it soft and supple. Since it is a little sticky, it may invite dust and pollution on your skin and that might result in skin irritation. Best is to apply it at night for about 20-30 mins and then wash it off before you go to bed.

    Will glycerin make my skin darker?

    This is a myth that needs to be busted, STAT! Glycerin does not darken your skin. In fact, it is (unfortunately) found in skin lightening creams.

    Now that you know how to use glycerine on oily, acne-prone and dry skin, even how to get glowing skin with glycerin, we bet you’ll appreciate all your skincare products even more.

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