glyc·​er·​in | \ ˈglis-rən How to pronounce glycerin (audio) , ˈgli-sə-\
variants: or glycerine

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Opt for Olay Daily Facials 5-in-1 Cleansing Cloths that contains gentle cleansers as well as hydrators like grape seed extract and glycerin. Nicole Catanese, Marie Claire, "How to Cure Dry, Dehydrated Airplane Skin, According to the Pros," 26 Feb. 2019 Take a clean eyedropper filled with baby oil, mineral oil, glycerin, or hydrogen peroxide, and put a few drops into your ear canal. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Do If You Have an Earwax Blockage," 29 Jan. 2019 Lavender, peach, and green ribbons—not to mention moisturizing glycerin and dimethicone—swirl together in Stila’s double-tap-worthy, redness-reducing gel. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Say Goodbye to Winter Redness With These 6 CC Creams," 16 Jan. 2019 In place of traditional emollients, Pixi's liquid tonic relies on moisturizing jasmine flower extract and hydrating glycerin to keep skin balanced. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "Pixi by Petra Launches the First-Ever Retinol Tonic," 19 July 2018 Use a cream that lists water as the first or second ingredient and also has humectants, like glycerin and hyaluronic acid, to lock in moisture. Alina Dizik, Woman's Day, "Fight Signs of Aging While You Sleep," 10 Sep. 2012 Aveeno's Intense Relief Hand Cream, which contains soothing oatmeal and moisturizing glycerin and petrolatum was rated as many testers' favorite in our study. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "The 8 Best Hand Creams to Moisturize Dry, Cracked Hands ASAP," 6 Dec. 2018 Lactic acid, urea, hyaluronic acid, dimethicone, glycerin, lanolin, and shea butter are also good options. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s Why You Are So Freaking Dry When You Get Off a Plane," 14 Sep. 2018 Try a cream with a humectant, like glycerin, which attracts moisture to skin. Melissa Matthews, Woman's Day, "The Foolproof Anti-Aging Skin Routine," 24 Aug. 2015

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First Known Use of glycerin

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glycerin

French glycérine, from Greek glykeros sweet; akin to Greek glykys

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The first known use of glycerin was in 1830

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English Language Learners Definition of glycerin

technical : a thick, sweet, clear liquid used in making medicines, food, soap, etc.


variants: or glycerine \ ˈglis-​(ə-​)rən How to pronounce glycerine (audio) \

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