Manufactured from stearic acid and glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate is a waxy chemical product found in skin care products and make up. It is ideal for skin care products because it forms a barrier on the skin and limits the amount of moisture that the skin loses. It works as a lubricant to make the skin smooth and keep it soft.
In makeup and other cosmetics, this ingredient is used in a number of ways. When used in foundation it helps with smoothness and helps with how the product feels on the skin. It helps ensure that eye shadows glide on smoothly. It fills in fine lines and wrinkles to leave the skin with a smoother appearance.
The human body also makes this ingredient. It helps protect the body from free radicals. Some examples of free radicals include pollution, radiation and cigarette smoke. These free radicals accumulate on the skin and as we age, cause more damage.