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There are many wonderful things in life that we take for granted everyday: Clean running water. An abundance of food. Technology. A bunch of people reading my blog daily (thank you, guys, really, thank you).
And one of the things that we take for granted in our moisturizer is glycerin. Yep, glycerin. Glycerin is both a natural moisturizing factor and a humectant. Natural moisturizing factors (NMFs) mimic the skin’s structure and function and provide hydrating benefits within the skin. On the other hand, its humectant properties mean that it can bind with several times its weight in water from the environment.
In addition, unlike hydrators like mineral oil or petrolatum, glycerin has notable anti-aging properties as well. Studies show that glycerin may help to strengthen the skin barrier by speeding up skin cell maturation and turnover (International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 2003). Glycerin may also make the skin less vulnerable to transepidermal water loss (TEWL) by expanding both skin cells called corneocytes and intercellular lipids within the skin (Treatment of Dry Skin Syndrome: The Art and Science of Moisturizers).
So, to summarize, glycerin is extremely beneficial for your skin, mimicking skin’s natural moisture, drawing in moisture from the environment, increasing cellular turnover in studies, and perhaps even strengthening the skin. As many as 10-20% of the top-performing moisturizing hand lotions contain high concentrations of glycerin (Prospector).
The Problem with Glycerin
The only problem with glycerin is that it is sticky (viscous, to use a more scientific term). Typically, other humectants like glycols are used in conjunction with glycerin to help improve the feel, but these sometimes still feel sticky and tug on the skin.
So I’ve been geeking out about Lubragel® NP (and the Lubragel® line in general) because it combines glycerin with a compound called glyceryl acrylate/acrylic acid copolymer. The result is that you get the benefits of glycerin, but without any stickiness or impaired “gliding” of the moisturizer across the skin.
The Best Moisturizer with Lubragel® NP
The best moisturizer I’ve found with Lubragel® NP is Calysta Labs Revitalizing Moisturizer. This ultra-elegant moisturizer is lightweight and silky. I like using it lately because my skin has been adjusting to hormonal changes postpartum, as well as the adjustment in climate in the Midwest, and this does the trick. I apply it after my vitamin CE serum and before my sunscreen each morning, and it’s incredible. It keeps my skin feeling normal, whether we’re getting 32 degree weather or 72 degree weather (and, yes, we’ve had both in the past month). It’s at a very reasonable price point too. I’m a huge fan!
Ingredients in Calysta Labs Revitalizing Moisturizer
Emulsifix-205, Cyclomethicone, Lubragel® NP, Water