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What’s So Great About Glycerin and Homemade Soap?

By lexutor Jan19,2019

What’s So Great About Glycerin and Homemade Soap? Soap is made when you mix oils and fats with lye. Oils and fats for soap are compounds of glycerin and natural fatty acids. In general, “fatty acids” refer to any compound derived from the breakdown of fats. When oils are mixed with an alkali, they form glycerin and the sodium salts of the fatty acids. Glycerin is a skin-friendly humectant which attracts water to the skin. Large soap manufacturers remove the glycerin and sell it separately, sort of like when coffee companies use the caffeine left over from their “decaf” coffee and sell them to cola or headache medicine companies. Glycerin is a substance that attracts moisture from the air, helping to keep skin soft and supple. In an article by R. Morgan Griffin titled, “What’s Causing Your Dry Skin,” we discover that, for many, dry skin is not a sign of a skin condition or disease. It can simply be caused by harsh soaps, itchy clothing, misusing moisturizer, and long, hot showers. The article goes on to state that we go for harsh soaps, such as deodorant or antibacterial soaps, that generate lots of lather and leave us feeling squeaky clean. Vesna Petronic-Rosic, MD, says that the lather from the soap removes the oils from the surface of the skin and dries it out. Dr. Petronic-Rosic is an assistant professor of medicine and director of the Dermatology Outpatient Clinic at the University of Chicago Medical School. For some of us, treating our skin properly may involve having to relearn simple tasks that we do every single day, like washing our hands at the sink or enjoying a hot shower in the evening. Frequent hand washing is, indeed, essential to keep ourselves, our friends, and our families healthy. However, if your hand washing is causing dry, cracked skin and open sores, you’re quite literally opening yourself up to disease. Switching to a soap that’s rich in glycerin and using warm, but not very hot water, can help heal dry, cracked hands. Also, using a moisturizer when your skin is still warm and damp from the sink or shower can help your skin hang on to those essential oils and, over time, heal your dry skin. You can actually purchase liquid glycerin from your local health food store. In small amounts, glycerin can be applied directly to the skin. It can be applied directly to the lips morning and night, alone or mixed with a touch of honey or milk cream. Lipsticks containing glycerin are more hydrating and can be longer-lasting than other lipsticks, as the skin cells on the lips stay plump and healthier, longer. Glycerin is sweet-tasting, and is sometimes used as a dietary supplement or sugar substitute. A rather unrelated, yet interesting note on glycerin: I’ve often used it as “sweat” on skin and clothing in television and film!

By lexutor

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