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All you need to know about glycerol: a hydrating concentrate for the skin and hair

All you need to know about glycerol: a hydrating concentrate for the skin and hair
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Glycerol is nothing new to people who like to know the ingredients of their products! It is found in a vast number of cosmetics in our beauty routine, especially in hair care products. But the important thing is to know how to use it to your advantage to make the most of its hydrating properties and make your products even more effective. 

What is it?

Glycerol is a syrupy type substance, which is transparent, colourless and a little viscous. It has several cosmetic benefits, such as its softening effects, conditioning effects and hydrating effects on the skin as well as the hair, and it is indispensable in the field of beauty products.

Where can you buy it?

You can buy glycerol online or in health shops.

How do you use it?

You can simply add it to your creams and lotions (moisturisers, etc.), your hair products (shampoo, styling products, conditioners, masks, etc.) or to your shower gels. You can also add it to your home made plant based cosmetics.

It is insoluble in oil, but mixes fully with water and alcohol. You can also add it to your balms and body butters.

An important point to remember: the dosage!

If you use too much of it, glycerol dries out hair rather than hydrating it, and it is therefore not recommended to surpass the dosages, to ensure you are not disappointed with the results.

Follow these guidelines:

  • For hair products, the glycerol should make up no more than 1 to 10% of the total weight of the mixture.
  • For skin care products, add between 1% and 8% of the total weight of the product.
  • Finally, for shower gels or lip balms, as for hair products, the glycerol should make up between 1% and 10% of the total weight of the product.

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