Welcome back to Ingredient 101, where we break down the most famous skincare ingredients. Today we continue the series with a blogpost dedicated to Beta Glucan.
What is Beta Glucan?
Beta-glucan or β-glucan is essentially the sugar found in bacteria, yeast, algae, and the cell walls of plants such as oats. This means that they occur naturally around the world, but not in the human body.
When it comes to skin, the biggest reason we’re all obsessed is that Beta-glucan is a humectant hygroscopic moisturizer. What was that? Let’s break it down.
- Humectant is a substance that keeps things moist. They are used to retain moisture in all kinds of products.
- Any substance that absorbs moisture from the air is referred to as hygroscopic. The phrase literally means “looking for water.”
What’s the biggest Beta Glucan skin benefit? Moisture, moisture, and more moisture.
What are the benefits of Beta Glucan?
Protecting the skin
Beta Glucan skincare products help you build up a barrier between your skin and environmental stressors. Which will protect it smoke, sun, smog, and less-than-stellar cosmetics, and keep all that nasty stuff out.
Plumping the skin
When it comes to locking in hydration and preventing moisture loss, our star ingredient may be even more effective than hyaluronic acid.
As we know, one gram of HA can hold up to 25 cups of water. Well, Beta Glucan may be capable of holding up to 1000 times its weight in water. Which is why it’s good at deeply penetrating the skin and making it more supple while plumping fine lines and wrinkles.
Decreasing the appearance of wrinkles and redness
Beta Glucan is also full of anti-aging goodness. Because is is a unique type of molecule, it can bind to many receptors in your body, allowing it to have different effects depending upon where it lands.
If you use beta glucan skincare products on wrinkles, it will plump and hydrate. If you use it for skin that’s irritated, it will go into calming mode. That means you can use this it anywhere you like and it will decide what needs to be done there and do it. Sounds magical, doesn’t it?
Acting as an antioxidant
Not only does Beta Glucan fight off bacteria that could break through your skin’s barrier, but it also recruits other immune cells to attack unwanted outsiders. And this antioxidant army is especially protective for people who have dry or cracked skin.
Who can use Beta Glucan?
In general, people with compromised skin barriers will benefit the most from this amazing ingredient in. But anyone—with any skin type—can use Beta Glucan in their skincare routine.
It also works wonderfully with retinols, and most active ingredients.
Where can I find it?
This a a serum formulated with 100% natural ingredients. Suitable for daily use, it :
- Works to hydrate and plump the skin
- Helps nourish and balance the tone of the skin
- Contains beneficial enzymes
- Formulated without the use of added sulphates, parabens, phthalates or synthetic fragrance
- Contributes to stronger natural skin defenses
The first choice of many beauty editors to help calm the skin. It’s clean, it’s effective, and it’s helpful for a lot of different kinds of skin. It:
- Strengthens damaged skin
- Soothes and moisturizes
- Restores natural glow
- Sensitive skin friendly
- Boosts long-term skin health
Hope this was helpful!