There are some skincare ingredients that work extra hard for your skin, but don’t get the recognition they deserve. Glycerin is one of those ingredients. Infused into a slew of face creams and body lotions for its amazing ability to bind moisture, Glycerin is one of the most ubiquitous skincare ingredients, yet also the most overlooked. “Glycerin is a humectant like Hyaluronic Acid, but it’s never praised in the same way,” says Rocky Graziose, Origins Advanced Technology team. “It’s kind of like a supporting actor who’s not quite the star, but the movie wouldn’t be a success without them.” As one of the key ingredients in our new Checks And Balances™ Milky Oil Cleanser + Makeup Melter, we’re giving this backstage ingredient its moment in the spotlight. From what it is to how it improves the health of your skin, here’s everything you need to know about Glycerin.


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