What is vegetable glycerine?

As one of the most important products in cosmetics today, glycerine is used for so many reasons. It’s actually one of the most important and commonly used items in all of cosmetics, behind water and aromatic fragrances. It’s a major part of everything from hand moisturizers to hair products. It’s become a major part of the trend in self-care and self-maintenance today. The one question that you might have is 'how useful is vegetable glycerine? What can this particular ingredient do for you if you were to use it today?'.

Vegetable glycerine has been linked to helping combat against skin irritation. This natural compound, taken from mostly vegetable oils, has a variable range of uses. Some of the most common uses, though, are linked to health care and skin care.

Vegetable Glycerine For Hair: Benefits

Linked in many ways to improve our skin and our bodies generally, the properties of vegetable glycerine are hard to argue against. How effective, though, is this particular product if you were to use it as part of a hair care regime? What can it do for your hair if you were to use it?

  • One of the most powerful humectants around and is great for trapping in moisture.
  • Another link is that vegetable glycerine could be used to keep skin healthy. Healthy skin can often equal healthy hair.
  • It’s great for combating an itchy scalp, too, especially during the colder seasons of the year.
  • It can be used to help reduce flaky and dry scalps due to its moisturizing strength.
  • If your hair is quite frizzy, then vegetable glycerine can help to tame it somewhat.

Vegetable Glycerine Side Effects

Please note though that using glycerine can have a dehydrating impact on the skin. Make sure that you dilute it before use, this should make it safe for usage on your skin if you choose to do so.

You will also find that it’s not something that you should be using if you are allergic to the use of glycerine. Make sure that you lookout for signs of rashes, itching, or any signs of redness. 


Written by Jordan Prichard. Medically reviewed by Dr. Shane Jackson, MBBS. Last modified on 20/05/2020. 


Dr. Shane Jackson a UK based doctor, working within the NHS for 9 years. With experience in both Medicine and Surgery, his time is now spent mainly in Elderly care and Rehabilitation. Outside of his clinical work he has a strong educational presence, teaching undergraduates and foreign doctors wishing to work in the UK. He is passionate about the dissemination of healthcare for all, providing consultancy for health, well-being and biotech startups worldwide. Dr. Jackson is the founder of Acrosophy, which helps school leavers applying to medical, dental and associated courses at the top universities in the country. 

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