Glycerin for the lips and everything you need to know about it!


Today, we will be talking about glycerin for the lips and sharing with you how you can use this ingredient to help keep your lips nice and healthy!

Glycerin is coming up as a household item with more uses than we realise. Especially when it comes to skincare, glycerin is used in various products and adds moisture to the skin!

Let’s begin with the basics. What is glycerin?

In simple terms, glycerin is a sugar alcohol derived from plants, animals and even petroleum. It is also called glycerol. We have popped around the word humectant before. If you haven’t come across it before, we’ve got you! Glycerin is a humectant that attracts water to itself. Therefore, it helps to trap moisture. 

Is glycerin good for the lips?

Glycerin can be a great ingredient to use in various skincare products because of its ability to attract moisture. Your lip care routine falls right into that category. Glycerin is an ingredient you can look out for when buying your lip care products. Most products in skincare already have glycerin in them as it is used quite widely in cosmetics. This is because of its properties that increase the elasticity of the skin. 

Why is glycerin good for the lips?

  • Glycerin helps keep the lips soft and moisturised.
  • It helps with the healing of chapped and dry lips.
  • This ingredient can be an excellent addition to your winter skincare routine.
  • It helps make lips pink and supple.
  • Glycerine can aid in controlling blemishes and fine lines around the lips.
  • It can assist in the process of exfoliation and flaking on the lips.

So, how do I use glycerin for my lips?

There are different ways in which you can use glycerin for your lips.

You can use it directly on your lips in its pure form. However, there are many other ways in which you can use them.

  •   Water  

You can mix a small amount of glycerin with a bit of water to create a diluted mixture. Then soak a small piece of cotton in it and apply it to your lips.

  • Rosewater 

When mixed with rose water, glycerin helps soothe irritation on the lips due to the anti-inflammatory properties of rose water. Preferably use organic pure rose water.

  • Almond oil

Almond oil by itself is excellent to heal chapped lips, especially in the winter. Therefore mixing it with glycerin can provide a healing formula to treat your damaged skin on the lips.

  • Lemon juice

Lemon juice is said to be the best ingredient to use with glycerin. As together, they help lighten the lips as well as moisturise. However, it is essential to remember that lemon makes the skin sensitive to the sun. So do not use this combination before going out on a sunny day.

  • Honey

For that extra bit of hydration, mix glycerin, honey and lemon juice and use it on your lips.

  • Shea butter

You can use shea butter with glycerin to make a homemade lip balm!

  • Castor oil 

A combination of glycerin and castor oil is excellent as an exfoliator for the lips. Add lemon juice to that, and you have yourself a great remedy to help with reducing the darkening of the lips. Apply it and leave it overnight to see the difference.

Should I be worried about allergies?

There is a possibility of being allergic to absolutely anything. Glycerin can be one of them too. It is not very common to be allergic to glycerin, but it is possible. When using glycerin mixed with ingredients as given above, it is possible that you could even be allergic to one of the ingredients. Therefore, always do a test patch on your skin before using anything you haven’t used before.

How do you know if you are allergic to glycerin?

The best way to find out is to conduct a test patch on your arm. For this, you need to clean a small patch of skin on your arm. Then apply the mixture or glycerin to it. Wait for 48 hours and look out for any rashes or reactions. If nothing comes up by then, you are probably not allergic to glycerin or any other ingredients you have mixed it with. If you do end up having itching, irritation, or rashes, then immediately consult a doctor, wash off the product from your skin and don’t use the product or mixture again.

The silver lining

Along with a whole list of products and ingredients that are great for lip care, glycerin can be your latest addition! You don’t have to suffer from chapped lips and bleeds anymore. 

You get to choose how to heal yourself.


 The natural remedies mentioned in the blog are the widely popular ones. It is in no way a substitute for medical advice, treatment or diagnosis. Avoid using these if you have sensitive skin or are prone to allergies. 

 Before trying any natural remedy, always test a small quantity on your skin. This is to check for any adverse reactions or allergy to any particular ingredient. In case of an emergency or any reaction, immediately connect with a doctor who can offer the proper treatment.


  1. Does glycerin darken the lips?

No, glycerin does not darken your skin or your lips. Through the process of exfoliation and moisturisation, it can aid in brightening dull skin. 

  • Can glycerin be bad?

Glycerin is usually okay to use on your skin and lips. It can only negatively affect you if you are allergic to it. As we all know, too much of anything causes more harm than good. So conduct your patch tests and be responsible when using any skin or lip care products.

  • What kind of products have glycerin in them?

There are many other products that use glycerin as an ingredient in them. These products include shaving cream, toothpaste, detergent for clothes, dishwashing detergent, cleaning wipes, toilet cleaning products, printer ink cartridges, gelatin, air freshener, hair products, makeup, candles and so much more!

It seems like it is everywhere, isn’t it? 

  • Does glycerin whiten the skin?

There is no solid proof that glycerin whitens skin. It does, however, keep the skin healthy and hydrated. This can help the skin heal to its original tone and pigmentation.



Namya Naresh

Namya Naresh

An obsessive dreamer, vegetarian foodie and shy singer, Namya spends her time immersed in the world of Literature and Music. She is currently writing her first novel, advocating for mental health, self-love and bringing you your daily dose of skincare with CureSkin!