(101 Health Steps) Natural-Health-Information-Center describes glycerin as the following: “Glycerin is a syrupy liquid that is chemically produced by combining water and fat. It is used as a solvent and a plasticiser. Unless the humidity of air is over 65%, glycerin draws moisture from the lower layers of the skin and holds it on the surface, drying the skin from the inside out. Known health effects: Serious risks if ingested.”
The vast majority of skin care, hair care and other products marketed as “moisturizing”, “hydrating” or “replenishing” use glycerin as one of their main active ingredients. It is clear from the data above, that this is a myth, resulting in an increased level of moisture at the surface of the skin at the expense of drying out the deep, sensitive, newly formed skin in the basal layers.
It must be mentioned that things that are bad for the human organism are bad regardless of dose. A drop of alcohol, for example, will destroy a small amount of protoplasm (cells), a larger a mount will destroy a larger amount of cells, so a little glycerin is not any different. What is not good for us is bad for us regardless of dose.
High levels of hydrochloric acid naturally occurs in animals, and caffeine occurs naturally in some plants, this does not mean that they are there for our physiological requirements. If one wants to use this philosophy then they should also eat humans because humans have the macro-nutrient ratios required by the human organism. However, on a cellular level, those ratios mean nothing when supporting our physiological needs. Another example would be to eat brains in order to get more brains. MSG, refined sugar, colors and hundreds of other chemicals are also used in our foods, this does not, and should not, in any way be the cause of assuming that they are good for us. This philosophy will lead individuals to a soft kill lifestyle.
Individuals who have had dry skin have privately thanked us due to their improvements with their skin, and this is all we are concerned about. Those people that used “moisturizing lotions” discontinued the use of those drying, tainted chemicals, and their hands started to become hydrated and soft once again – practical knowledge vs theoretical knowledge.
The body cleans itself from the inside out and few if any outside sources can do this. The greatest problems is that individuals focus on the effects and not the cause. And to answer this question of cause… The cause of the dry skin is due to dehydration as well as the chemicals which add to the dehydrating process. The only way to properly address this issue is to hydrate and discontinue the hydrating avenues.
It is quite obvious that if individuals keep drying out the skin from the inside out, it will get progressively worse. Many individuals are so brainwashed by the million-dollar, psychological adverts that they do not care, or believe, about long term effects and unfortunately get exactly what they do not deserve.
Updated: 9 April 2011