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GLYCERIN (Glycerine, glycerol, glycyl alcohol)

Glycerin is a syrupy liquid that is chemically produced by combining water and fat. It is used as a solvent and a plasticiser.

Unless the humidity of air is over 65%, glycerin draws moisture from the lower layers of the skin and holds it on the surface, drying the skin from the inside out.

Known health effects: Serious risks if ingested.

The vast majority of skin care, hair care and other products marketed as "moisturising", "hydrating" or "replenishing" use glycerin as one of their main active ingredients. It is clear from the data above, that this is a myth, resulting in an increased level of moisture at the surface of the skin at the expense of drying out the deep, sensitive, newly formed skin in the basal layers.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out that if you keep drying out the skin from the inside out, it will get progressively worse!

Commonly found in:

  • hand cream
  • soap
  • moisturising lotion / bars (that's rich!)
  • eye colour
  • baby lotion!
  • shampoo
  • hydrating fluid
  • after shave
  • toothpaste
  • cold cream
  • shave cream
  • insect repellant
  • sun cream
  • mascara

Also in

  • Car glaze
  • Leather cream
  • copper ceaner
  • Paint cleaner

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