The New Hydrating Hero Ingredient That's Even Better than Hyaluronic Acid - Beta Glucan
What is Beta Glucan?
Beta Glucan is a polysaccharide (sugar molecule) like Hyaluronic Acid but typically found in mushrooms, plants, algaes, yeasts or oats and comes with a plethora of benefits.
One of these benefits is hydration. Some studies show that it is even more powerful than Hyaluronic Acid at binding water with the ability to not only draw in hydration but also to prevent trans-epidermal water loss (evaporation). With hydration levels dramatically boosted and water loss reduced a deeper, longer-lasting hydrated state is achieved.
Not only is this ingredient hydrating, but it is also a superstar in repairing and soothing. Clinical studies have shown that when applied to wounds, it significantly improved the healing process as well as shortened the duration. This is due to its immuno-boosting, anti-inflammation and anti-irritation properties.
In addition, Beta Glucan is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants combat oxidative stress by preventing cellular damage caused by free-radicals that are usually a result of daily aggressors such as UV exposure, pollution, or stress. Reducing damage to cells equals healthier, more luminous, younger-looking skin.
Last but not least, long-term usage has also shown a reduction of wrinkle depth, height and texture which is likely a result of its fibroblast stimulating ability. When fibroblasts are stimulated to work harder, an increased level of elastin and collagen fibres are formed resulting in a firmer, smoother appearance.
What does all this active mean for the skin? Beta Glucan is an ingredient that goes far beyond just hydration, it is an active that works on many aspects of anti-aging such as blocking trans-epidermal water loss, soothes irritation, protects from external aggressors and corrects signs of aging. A truly super beneficial ingredient, indeed!
Here are some of our favourite B-Glucan products below: