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Vegetable glycerin, properties and info: where to buy it, what are its benefits, applications and any contraindications.
Therevegetable glycerinit is a substance obtained from the saponification process. It counts importantpropertyhumectants and is widely used both in the medical / pharmaceutical field and in the cosmetic field.
It appears as a thick and viscous liquid, transparent and odorless. Thereglycerine, also calledglycerol, is an organic compound naturally present in the human body and animals, it is a product of the metabolism of fatty acids: it is found in lipid substances, glycolipids and phospholipids.
Vegetable glycerin, properties
In the medical field, thevegetable glycerinis used for hispropertylaxative. Associated with sodium chloride, it is administered intravenously in the treatment of intracranial and ocular hypertension. Thecontraindicationsnotes are mainly related to internal use: the abuse of laxatives can lead to hypokalemia, loss of mineral salts, absorption and dehydration problems. Among the contraindications, the medical use of glycerin during pregnancy is not recommended.
For its cosmetic virtues, theglycerinevegetablerepresents an excellent ally for the skin. Those who have dry skin or suffer from fissures of the hands and feet, can find the best ally in vegetable glycerin.
Vegetable glycerin can protect hair from sun damage, make it brighter and more hydrated. For its use for natural hair care, it is recommended to combine several drops with the classic hair conditioner and rub to the ends.
Thanks to its regenerating properties it can be combined with a neutral skin cream.
How to use vegetable glycerin for skin care
There vegetable glycerin is an excellent ally for the skin: it manages to impeccably counteract even the most dehydrated, hard and chapped skin. It has a strong emollient effect and in this foot bath it will help you heal the cracked heels. If you have cracked heels you can make a vegetable glycerin-based foot bath for the foot bath you will need:
- 150 ml of vegetable glycerin
- 300 ml of rose water
For further information: DIY rose water
- juice of half a lemon
- Hot water
- 1 level teaspoon of salt
- Among the materials: you will need a pumice stone.
Mix all the ingredients together and add just enough hot water to cover the feet up to the bottom edge of the ankle.
Let your feet insoakingfor 15-20 minutes.
After the treatment, you can use a natural pumice stone to gently rub on the heel to remove dead tissue without irritating the skin.
Thanks to his revitalizing propertiesand moisturizers, glycerin can be used to make a mask for dull, dry and brittle hair. To improve the appearance of your hair, you can make a mask with vegetable glycerin by following the instructions in our article "Revitalizing hair mask “.
Glycerin mixed with other substances such as essential oils, almond oil or coconut milk, becomes an excellent component for moisturizing the skin of the face that will appear more elastic and toned.
Vegetable Glycerin, where to buy
There vegetable glycerin it is easy to find both in shops specialized in the purchase and sale of natural products, in the most well-stocked herbalists and pharmacies, and online, where it is possible to obtain good products at competitive prices.
To save money, I personally bought a completely anonymous bottle, containing a liter of vegetable glycerin and paid on Amazon 10.95 euros with free shipping. Despite my expectations, the product turned out to be very good, I needed it in abundant quantities to make soap at home, but in the end, given the good quality, I also used it for skin care.