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ingredient spotlight: glycerin

The first ingredient in our simple mung bean face scrubs is natural vegetable glycerin. 

We get questions from our customers about glycerin quite frequently: What is glycerin? Why do we use it in our products? What is our glycerin derived from? Are there any benefits to using glycerin? This blog post answers these frequently-asked questions and more!

WHAT IS GLYCERIN?

Glycerin, sometimes called glycerol or glycerine, is a sweet-tasting, colorless, viscous liquid that is a by-product of the saponification of a fat. The fat sources can either be from an animal or plants. At PAYARU, we use glycerin derived from soybeans, not palm or any animal sources. 


WHY DO WE USE IT IN OUR PRODUCTS?

Typically in foods and beverages, glycerin is added as a sweetener, filler for low-fat foods, and as a natural preservative. And in cosmetics, due to glycerin’s mild antimicrobial properties (1), glycerin is a great alternative to other harsh synthetic preservatives, such as parabens (methylparabens, propylparabens, butylparabens, and ethylparabens) that are widely used in various creams, serums, and cleansers seen in the market today. 

At PAYARU, we opted to use natural vegetable glycerin to ensure that we will not get any mold or other bacterial growth in our face scrubs. Plus, since water is not an ingredient in our products, making the chances of mold growth very slim, there is no need for a harsher preservative, such as a paraben, in our products


ARE THERE ANY SKIN BENEFITS TO USING GLYCERIN? 

Why, yes! It also turns out that glycerin is a humectant. A humectant is a type of moisturizing substance that can pull water into the outer layer of your skin from the air. With all the buzz around anti-aging in the media, a famous humectant you may have heard about is hyaluronic acid.

Lucky for us, the glycerin in our face scrubs can leave your skin soft, bouncy, and hydrated. Now, who doesn’t want that?

Don't just listen to us though. See for yourself! Check out our simple, all natural, mung beans face scrubs here.

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References: 

1: Nalawade, T. M., Bhat, K., & Sogi, S. H. (2015). Bactericidal activity of propylene glycol, glycerine, polyethylene glycol 400, and polyethylene glycol 1000 against selected microorganisms. Journal of international society of preventive & community dentistry, 5(2), 114.

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