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So how does Beta Glucan work in skincare?

Beta Glucan is a hero skin ingredient found in a number of our products for a very good reason! We are strong believers that healthy skin starts with a healthy barrier function - this is after all the skins main function! So how does Beta Glucan support this role?

Beta glucan is a polysaccharide, a complex carbohydrate, that is derived from sources such as oats, yeast, or mushrooms. When applied topically in skincare products, beta glucan interacts with the skin in several significant ways:

1. Immunomodulatory Effects: Beta glucan has immunomodulatory properties, meaning it can regulate and modulate the immune response of the skin. It stimulates the activity of certain immune cells, such as macrophages, which are responsible for engulfing and eliminating pathogens. This stimulation enhances the skin's natural defence mechanisms, promoting a healthy immune response and protecting against harmful microorganisms.

2. Anti-Inflammatory Activity: Beta glucan has anti-inflammatory effects, which can help soothe and calm irritated or inflamed skin. It inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory molecules, such as cytokines and prostaglandins, which are involved in the inflammatory response. By reducing inflammation, beta glucan can help to alleviate redness, itching, and discomfort associated with various skin conditions.

3. Wound Healing and Skin Regeneration: Beta glucan plays a role in wound healing and skin regeneration processes. It stimulates the proliferation and migration of skin cells, including fibroblasts, which are responsible for producing collagen and other components of the extracellular matrix. Beta glucan also promotes angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels, which is crucial for supplying oxygen and nutrients to the healing skin tissue.

4. Moisturisation and Barrier Function: Beta glucan enhances the skin's natural moisture barrier by improving its ability to retain water. It forms a film on the skin's surface, reducing trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) and increasing hydration levels. This helps prevent dryness, reinforces the skin's protective barrier, and promotes improved skin texture and elasticity.

5. Antioxidant Properties: Beta glucan acts as an antioxidant, protecting the skin from oxidative stress caused by free radicals. It scavenges and neutralises these harmful molecules, reducing their damaging effects on the skin cells. This antioxidant activity helps prevent premature aging, including the formation of wrinkles and fine lines.

Beta Glucan really does earn its place as a skin hero ingredient thanks to it's multifaceted actions that contribute to healthier, more resilient, and rejuvenated skin. So which of our products contain Beta Glucan? Our Skin Boost Serum, Vitamin C Serum, Daily Recovery Cleanser, Balm Cleanser and our Signature Hydrator Creme all contain forms of Beta Glucan!