Beta Glucans are polysaccharides found naturally in oats, fungi, seaweed and yeast. It is best known for its skin-soothing properties, showing excellent effects at reducing redness and other symptoms of sensitive skin. They do this via barrier-supporting properties, as they form a film on the skin’s surface to offer protection against daily environmental stressors, which can aggravate sensitive skin. They also stimulate macrophage function in the body (immune cells which fight invading bacteria), so offer added benefit to those with already compromised skin barriers more susceptible to bacterial infection, for example eczema-prone or drier skin types. Their polysaccharide nature makes them an effective humectant, meaning they can draw water molecules towards them to plump and hydrate the area.
Beta glucan is a natural polysaccharide derived from various sources, including yeast, oats, and mushrooms. It is used in skincare for its hydrating, soothing, and skin-replenishing properties, making it a beneficial ingredient in skincare formulations.
Beta glucan offers multiple benefits to the skin. It has excellent hydrating properties, improves skin barrier function and is able to reduce the appearance of redness and inflammation.
If any of the following apply Beta Glucan might be a good option for you:
Dry and dehydrated skin
Impaired skin barrier
If any of the following apply it might be best to avoid Beta Glucan:
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