Why discuss hyaluronic acid and glycerin in the same article? Are they the same thing? No, not at all. But they do some of the same things.
And you want to use them both together to protect and nourish your skin. Plus, make your skin look years younger.
How so? Both glycerine and hylauronic acid bind water and boost hydration. In fact the combination of the two together can erase some of the deepest lines and plump out your skin to that of a younger version of you!
What the two have in common is that they are both humectants – and what is that exactly?
A humectant can draw moisture from the air as well as pull moisture up from deeper layers in the skin. Humectants are anything that keeps things wet (the opposite, a desiccant, keeps things dry fyi). One of the things we want to keep wet, or at least moisturized, is our precious skin. So that’s what a humectant can do.
Hyaluronic acid and glycerin are humectants, but they operate in different, but complementary, ways.
Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body – the average person has about half an ounce. But that half ounce does an amazing array of tasks. Hyaluronic acid is found in every cell in the tissue at the ends of the bones at the joints; its part of the synovial fluid that lubricates the joints; and it is a key component of the skin’s self-repair capability.
As for it humectant properties, hyaluronic acid attracts water like few other elements. In fact, it can attract and hold on to a thousand times its weight in water. On your skin, it can serve as a super attractor for the moisture our skin wants and needs. And drawing moisture can plump away even some of the deepest lines and wrinkles.
So why do we need glycerin, too? What is it anyway?
Glycerin is an ingredient that replenishes and restores the skin. It is necessary to maintain and strengthen the moisture barrier of the skin as well as lock that moisture in place. Glycerin is an alcohol-based liquid that can be produced synthetically, or from plants. On the skin, it promotes a smooth and creamy effect. It is an ‘emollient’, from the Latin word for “making soft”.
Glycerin also has medicinal effects in skin treatment for problems such as scaly skin or psoriasis. Few people have a negative reaction to glycerin.
The beauty of combining both is that they act on the skin in complementary ways. Hyaluronic acid tends to set on the skin surface retaining moisture on the surface while glycerin, a smaller molecule, can pull the water from deep inside your skin to just below the surface leaving your skin looking plump and youthful!
The combination represents a one-two punch with glycerin locking in place the moisture topical hyaluronic acid provides while promoting a smooth, moist and hydrating treatment that your skin will remember, and people will notice.
Give it a try!
Till Next Time,
Growing Younger Every day!