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How to Use Glycerin on the Face

author image Kimbry Parker
Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.
How to Use Glycerin on the Face
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If you suffer from dry skin on your face, glycerin may be your new must-have product. This clear liquid is derived from either animal fat or vegetable oils, is odorless, and has the consistency of thick syrup. When applied topically to the face, glycerin works to increase moisture on the skin and lock it in to curb the dryness. Work glycerin into your skin-care routine, and say sayonara to scales and hello to soothed, supple skin.

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Step 1

Wash your face as usual. Pat it dry with a soft towel to soak up excess moisture, but leave the skin slightly damp. Moisten a cotton ball with glycerin. Rub the glycerin onto your face, avoiding your lips, eyes and inside of your nose and mouth. Leave the glycerin on your face to absorb into your skin without rinsing or wiping it off.

Step 2

Apply a glycerin mask to your face. Mix 3 teaspoons of white kaolin clay and 1/2 teaspoon of bentonite clay into a bowl. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon of glycerin, 5 teaspoons of water and 2 drops of rose-geranium essential oil. Spread the mask onto your dry face using circular motions. Let the mask dry completely before rinsing it off with warm water.

Step 3

Wash your face with a homemade glycerin facial cleanser. Mix 1/2 cup of water and 1 1/2 tablespoons each of glycerin and cornstarch into a heatproof glass jar. Put the lid on the jar and place it into a pot of water on the stove. Bring the water to a boil. Continue heating the jar until the mixture inside has turned clear. Remove the jar with a potholder and let it cool completely. Scoop about a teaspoon of the mixture from the jar and massage it onto damp skin. Rinse well with warm water.

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