Glycerin soap: properties, benefits and harms of use

Recently, home-made cosmetics, including soap, have become increasingly popular. Someone makes entire batches to order, making it a way to earn money. Someone pleases with natural soap only themselves and their immediate environment. It is much more useful than the store-bought one, containing a terrifying list of all kinds of chemical additives with terrible unreadable names (and even more terrible effects on the skin).

A favorite ingredient in soap makers is glycerin. Despite the abundance of controversy surrounding it, the positive effect that it has on the skin more than compensates for its few shortcomings.

Glycerin is a chemical substance whose formula is C3H8O3. It helps beneficial nutrients penetrate deeper into the skin, enhancing their effect, and is used in the manufacture of soaps and care products for dry and sensitive skin. Experts do not recommend abusing glycerin-containing preparations for owners of oily skin, since their main component, creating a film on the surface of the skin, can cause blockage of pores and, as a result, the appearance of pimples.

The benefits and harms of glycerin

With regard to the positive effects of glycerin on the skin, the “consequences of its use” can be as follows:

  • being in the composition of the face cream actively moisturizes, promotes rejuvenation (some call it literally a cure for aging);
  • smoothes mimic wrinkles;
  • the skin is tightened and becomes more elastic and elastic;
  • metabolism in the upper layers of the skin begins to occur faster, as a result of which pollution, excess fat and toxins are more intensively eliminated; the face freshens, becomes more ruddy and rejuvenated;
  • rough keratinized skin on the heels is softened, as well as dry skin on the knees and elbows.


But it is also worth considering the fact that glycerin is primarily a chemical substance. Going too far with it in the process of skin care, you can get a number of diseases. The disadvantages of glycerin can manifest themselves as follows:

  • used in large quantities, it can dry out the skin, depriving its upper layer of moisture;
  • creates a hazardous mixture when used with silicone;
  • categorically incompatible with inflamed and sensitive skin.

In addition, it is important to know that its moisturizing properties can be useful not only for the skin, but also for hair and mucous membranes. It can be used as a component of hair masks or with purulent sore throat. By the way, the drug Lugol, used to treat purulent tonsillitis, contains exactly glycerin, as well as iodine.

Glycerin-based soap washes out melanin from the skin, and therefore its use will contribute to some lightening of the face (up to several tones). Thus, it is categorically not suitable for fans of tanned skin, but it will please those who wish to resemble Snow White.

Features of using glycerin soap

In order to enhance the positive impact of such soap, while minimizing harm, you must follow a number of simple rules:

  • do not wash with soap too often and for a long time (especially in winter);
  • in the composition of the purchased soap, glycerin should be in the last or penultimate place (this guarantees its minimum content in the soap bar), when making it at home, it must be ensured that its percentage does not exceed 5%;
  • if the humidity in the room where cosmetic procedures with glycerin-containing products are carried out is less than 50%, the air must first be humidified, and after the procedure, stay in the room for some more time (so that the glycerin remaining on the skin in the form of a thin film can be saturated with moisture ). To accurately measure the humidity level, you need to purchase a special device – a hygrometer, and install it in the opposite part of the room from the humidifier. him, or just spray water around the room with a spray bottle;
  • while using glycerin soap, drink enough water (especially in the summer heat) so as not to overdry the top layer of the skin;
  • most likely, soap will not be the only cosmetic product containing glycerin. Decorative cosmetics also includes a considerable amount of it, and therefore, again, the drinking regimen and air humidification.


DIY glycerin soap

Harmless homemade soap can be created in two ways: from scratch and from a soap base.

The first method is more expensive, but the whole manufacturing process is in plain sight, and the composition is “transparent” and known from the first to the last component.

The second one is less labor-intensive and long, but not so interesting either.

Soap based glycerin soap.

For cooking you will need:

  • 200-250 ml base (glycerin);
  • a spoonful of chopped spirulina;
  • a teaspoon of liquid glycerin;
  • chlorophyll capsule.

First you need to melt the base. This can be done using a microwave or in a water bath. It is only necessary to ensure that the composition warms up gradually and does not have time to boil. The crushed kelp should be thoroughly mixed with liquid glycerin and the mixture should be added to the soap base, stirring. Chlorophyll is added last. Having thoroughly mixed the composition until completely homogeneous, pour it into molds (preferably silicone), and leave to solidify.

DIY glycerin soap from scratch.

The natural product, made by hand “from and to”, is extremely pleasant to the touch and has moisturizing properties. By the way, any hand-made soap contains a certain amount of glycerin, because it is formed during the interaction of alkali and oils, and this process is an integral part of soap making. Thus, in the recipe described below, the concentration of the substance is only slightly increased. Another of its features is the need for a large volume of ethyl alcohol.



  • 15% olive and coconut oils;
  • 10% almond and avocado oils;
  • 5% overfat;
  • 50% palm oil;
  • alkali and water.

In addition, you will need ethyl alcohol in an amount of 50% by weight of oils, stearic acid 4%, glycerin – 15%, a fourth of sugar and a tenth of water (from the same indicator). Soap according to this recipe comes out of a dense color, which, however, does not reduce its merits.

After making sure with the help of weights that the proportional ratio of the components is observed, you should melt …

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