What is Beta-Glucan and why should you use it in your skincare routine?
Beta-glucan, written as β-glucan, is an ingredient that exists naturally in foods and organisms such as mushrooms, seaweed and oats. In the skincare frontier, Beta glucans are gaining traction thanks to their notable properties when applied to the skin topically.
While it functions first as a humectant (essentially, a water-loving ingredient that pulls moisture into the top layers of the skin), its ability to deliver a host of benefits to support skin ageing, barrier health, redness and dehydration makes this skincare powerhouse one to note.
Beta-glucan consists of multiple sugars chemically linked together which allows it to exist as the ultimate multi-hyphenate. This combination allows Beta-glucans to lend parts of their structure to help replenish the skin — to, for example, a damaged cell wall.
If you’ve ever wondered about Beta glucan’s meaning or the benefits of Beta-glucan skincare, we’ve got you covered.
Traditionally, molecules with large sizes are unable to manoeuvre between epidermal cells into the dermis (the second layer of the skin where collagen and elastin are). Beta-Glucans in skincare, however, have been proven to break this rule. This allows the sugar-based fibre to target the root cause and stimulate cellular changes, playing a more active role in helping you love your bare skin.
Luckily for us all, Beta glucans have only been shown to have incompatibilities when taken orally. Their ability to supercharge ingredients including hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and retinol brings us closer to bare skin.
Unfortunately, humectants are not known to be loyal ingredients. Their ability to draw moisture from the more humid environment is also true for drier and desert-like environments. In situations like this, your skin, unfortunately, becomes the donor, resulting in dehydration and/or dryness.
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