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April 07, 2021
Hyaluronic Acid seems to be the first ingredient that pops into mind when most people think about hydrating ingredients. However, although lesser known (yet), Beta-Glucan has garnered a reputation for itself lately thanks to its all-round skincare benefits, which encompasses hydrating, soothing, and plumping skin, anti-aging, as well as fortifying the lipid barrier and boosting immunity.
So what exactly is beta-glucan, and what benefits does it really provide for the skin?
Beta-glucans, or β-glucans, are polysaccharide sugars found in cell walls of various mushrooms, algaes, yeasts or oats. They have long been used for health and medicinal purposes to treat conditions like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even cancer, as their ability in increasing the activity of macrophage (scavenger cells that essentially search for and destroy pathogens) helps to protect the body from pathogens. In skincare, these macrophages help to speed up wound healing and soothe the skin by reducing inflammation.
Beta-glucans also provide intense hydration as they can penetrate the epidermis and dermis while forming a thin film on the skin to lock in moisture. What’s better, they are also rich in antioxidants and are known to have no side effects! This is especially helpful for people with dry, sensitive, and inflammatory skin, including eczema, dermatitis, and rosacea.
So why is it not found as much in skincare products as hyaluronic acid? For beta-glucan to perform as well as it should for the skin, it must be stripped away of the fats, proteins, chitin, and glycogen during the extraction process, making it challenging, complicated, and expensive. Thus adding beta-glucan to a formula could significantly raise the manufacturing cost of a product, as opposed to say, hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, and can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water as it pulls water from the environment to the surface of the skin. However, it is known to have a large molecular weight and therefore does not easily penetrate the skin, and when they are broken down into very low molecular weight ( ≤ 25 kDA), it can potentially carry bacteria and other unwanted ingredients more deeply into the skin. If you have compromised skin, this might be bad news, as that could mean blemishes, redness, irritations, and inflammations. Studies have shown hydration tends to teeter off after 2%, and anything more than that can actually be drying to the skin (note: this is not to say hyaluronic acid is a bad ingredient, you just have to be careful of the molecular weight and concentration used in a formula).
On the other hand, although also a powerful humectant, beta-glucan can penetrate both the epidermis and dermis while forming a thin film on the skin to lock in moisture. In fact, studies have shown that beta-glucan is 20% more hydrating than hyaluronic acid at the same concentration.
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Besides the brand's patented core brightening complex AYM to visibly brighten, even skin tone, and lighten hyperpigmentation, this ultra hydrating Korean medicine-based formula instantly hydrates the skin to help restore skin balance, elasticity, and skin health after cleansing, Whilst, organic ingredients such as Zeolite, Adenosine, Purslane, Panthenol, Noni, Goji Berry, Hydrolyzed Collagen, and Beta-glucan etc. provides soothing, calming, detoxing, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial actions to the skin, as well as stimulates collagen synthesis to slow signs of aging and smoothes wrinkles.
Studies have shown that beta-glucan helps in the treatment of dermatitis, eczema, rosacea, irritations, acne, wounds, and burns. The common denominator of these conditions is a disrupted lipid barrier, which means the skin is unable to hold in water nor block out bacteria and irritants. Beta-glucan is able to link together on the surface of the skin to form a thin, permeable film, which helps to lock in moisture and shield the skin from these unwanted stressors, while allowing the lipid barrier time to repair itself.
What's more, because beta-glucan can stimulate the activity of macrophage, and activate the Langerhans cell amongst other immune cells, along with its anti-irritant properties, it will also significantly reduce inflammations and redness by destroying existing pathogens, and fight off those that may cause future infections.
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Besides having a wide range of ultra hydrating ingredients, including Beta-Glucan, Green Tea Water, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate & Sodium Hyaluronate, the serum is also packed with 3 forms of Peptides to stimulate collagen synthesis and micro-circulation, improve skin barrier and hydration, reduce wrinkles and inflammation, regenerate collagen fibers, and rejuvenate skin. Whilst, Niacinamide, Reishi, Gotu Kola, White Tea and Chamomile etc. are added to brighten, fight free radicals, hydrate and soothe.
Thanks to its ability to deeply penetrate into the epidermis and dermis despite its large molecular size, as well as being a unique sugar molecule that can easily bind to various receptors in the body, beta-glucan can induce the production of growth factors essential for skin, promote collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid synthesis, thereby reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
This has been proven in a clinical in vivo study of 27 subjects, which evaluated the effects of beta-glucan on fine lines and wrinkles. After 8 weeks of daily topical use of beta-glucan, digital image analysis indicated a significant reduction of wrinkle depth and height, and overall roughness on all subjects.
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Combining Carrot Seed Oil, Prickly Pear Seed Oil, Green Coffee Oil and Black Seed Oil, which are known to have superior anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties, as well as Ursolic Acid, Beta-Glucan, Elastin Protein, Ginseng, Reishi, and Turmeric etc., it promotes collagen and elastin synthesis, improves wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, hydrates, soothes, reduces acne, fights free radicals and slows aging.
Oxidative stress and free-radical damage that we are exposed to everyday break down collagen and elastin fibers, hinder our skin’s natural repair process and trigger inflammation, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles, and loss of elasticity. By scavenging free radicals, antioxidants can help prevent and correct these visible signs of aging.
Beta-glucans have been found to possess significant antioxidant activity by neutralizing free radicals and preventing cellular damage. Signs of aging are therefore alleviated, premature aging is prevented, and the skin is thus more supple, plumped, firmed, and youthful.
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The sleeping mask features the brand's patented core brightening complex AYM to visibly brighten, even skin tone, and lighten hyperpigmentation. It is also enriched with Royal Jelly, Squalane, Allantoin, Niacinamide, Arginine, etc. to envelop the cells with hydration and moisture, protect the skin from free radicals, stimulate collagen production to firm skin and smooth fine lines, whilst locking in moisture and preventing trans-epidermal water loss throughout the night.
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