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Glycerin: the secret to smooth skin

Glycerin: the secret to smooth skin

Fast Facts

Type of Ingredient: hydrator, brightener
Main Benefits: moisturizes the skin and makes it appear bright and smooth
Who Should Use It: in general, anyone who wants smooth skin, it is safe for all skin types
Ideal For These Concerns: pores, dryness, and having an uneven skin tone
How Often Can You Use It: products with glycerin can be used multiple times throughout the day
Works well with: rose water and hyaluronic acid

What is Glycerin?

Glycerin is a humectant that moisturizes the skin by drawing water into the outer layer of your skin. Glycerin may sound daunting because of its unfamiliarity, but simply “‘a sweet, thick syrup derived from the saponification (lye involved) of fats,’ explains Dr. Anna Guanche, an LA-based dermatologist’. (Aka, it is made from turning fats into soap). When present in soaps and cleansers, Glycerin reduces oily skin.

The Benefits of Glycerin

Another benefit of glycerin is that it “‘[signals] your superficial skin cells to mature more rapidly,’” meaning it helps rough spots to exfoliate quickly. At this point, you might be wondering if glycerin is safe for your skin? The answer is yes! Glycerin is non-comedogenic, making it safe for all skin types.

Glycerin’s Skin care Power Duo

The best duo to mix with glycerin is rose water and hyaluronic acid.

How To Use It

After washing your face, directly apply 1-2 pumps of the serum on your hands. Then rub this serum directly onto your face and neck. Apply to the entire face and neck for most effective skin brightening. Do this process once in the morning and once in the evening. Follow with whatever moisturizers or serums you prefer.

Our Top 3 Products

Product #1:

Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream Moisturizer


The Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream Moisturizer is a visible plump, hydrating moisturizer with enriched hyaluronic acid to create a glowing complexion and prep skin to have a flawless finish.

The serum is meant to address and target pores, dryness, and an uneven skin tone. The serum has hyaluronic acid which hydrates the skin and makes it feel more plump and soft, as well as shea butter which nurtures the skin.

This product has 4.3 star reviews, based on 1007 reviews.

“I have found my staple moisturizer! This has made such a dramatic difference in my skin’s hydration and elasticity. I’ve noticed a positive change in the texture and the fine lines around my face. I get compliments on how much my skin glows. I’m a mom so I live on very little sleep which tends to turn my skin gray but this has brightened it back up and given it new life. The texture is rich and creamy and melts into my skin leaving it hydrated, and silky smooth. My concealer and foundation look airbrushed and last so much longer. This is my new holy grail skin care product” says one Sephora reviewer.

Pros: Clinical results said the serum targeted and addressed the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. 100% of the individuals said they say significant differences in the dullness of their skin.

Cons: On the expensive side

Product #2:

LeCerre Rapid Brightening Serum

The Rapid Brightening Serum is a skin brightener aimed to diminish the appearance of hyperpigmentation, melasma, and acne marks.

You can find glycerin in LeCerre’s Rapid Brightening Serum, designed to help reduce dark marks, blemishes, sun spots, and brighten and smooth skin for a youthful glow. The serum is specifically formulated for dark skin tones with Fitzpatrick Skin Type III-VI and the formula combines clinically proven active ingredients at the optimal concentration to reduce the production of melanin and improve skin texture. The serum is dermatologist tested, non-comedogenic, no harmful chemicals, no parabens, no sulfates, no synthetic fragrance, and cruelty-free.

The product has a 5 star rating on LeCerre, based on 4 reviews.

“This has been the best product for me and my olive skin tone! I have numerous acne scars around my chin and cheeks, some sun spots as well, and this has been the only product I’ve actually seen results with” writes one LeCerre customer.

Pros: Addresses the skin concerns of dark spots and melasma and is designed for women with ethnic skin tones.

Cons: Takes a couple weeks to see results.

Product #3:

Eminence Organic Skin Care - Stone Crop Hydrating Gel

The Eminence Organic Skin Care Stone Crop Hydrating Gel is an anti-aging, hydrating facial gel for all skin types. 

The Stone Crop Hydrating Gel replenishes the skin and makes the skin feeling youthful with a radiant complexion. It is vitamin rich and seems to actively reduce the appearance of age spots and pigmentation. The product is Paraben-Free, Sulfate-Free, Gluten-Free, Certified Organic, Certified Cruelty-Free, Vegan,Phthalate-Free, Natural

The product has 5 star rating out of 53 reviews.

“I've been using this moisturizer for nearly two years now, and I have never loved a face product so much! It absorbs really quickly but keeps my skin hydrated, even in extremely dry Colorado air” says a Dermstore shopper.

Pros: Seems great for all skin types and even better for those with dry skin.

Cons: Very small bottle for the price.