Beta glucans, written as β-glucans, are polysaccharides (multiple sugars). It can be found in yeast, bacteria, fungi, seaweed and grains. Beta glucan does not occur naturally in the body. Then why should you use it? We tell you why!
Beta glucan is very moisturizing because it draws water into your top layers of skin. It supports the skin barrier, smoothes the skin and has an antioxidant effect. It is particularly recommended for people with a weakened skin barrier and sensitive skin, although everyone can benefit from beta-glucan.
What Are the Benefits of Beta Glucan in Your Skincare?
Prevents Skin Damage: It can help protect skin from aging or sun damage. (Which doesn't mean you don't need to wear sunscreen anymore!)
It repairs the skin: Some studies show that it supports the skin in healing dermatitis, eczema, minor wounds and burns.
Skin barrier support: The beta-glucan molecules form a thin barrier on the skin's surface. This strengthens the natural skin barrier, which protects your skin from environmental influences and dehydration. If you're battling redness, irritation, or dryness, you should definitely give beta-glucan a try!
Boosts immunity: Beta-glucan can protect the natural skin flora from invading bacteria. It works by stimulating macrophages, which fight off pathogens that can in turn cause infections. Therefore, beta-glucan is particularly recommended for people with dry, rough or cracked skin. If you have a compromised skin barrier, eczema, or dermatitis, beta-glucan can help your skin defend against invading viruses and pathogens.
Hydrates deep into the skin: Beta-glucan acts as a humectant in the skin, locking in the skin's moisture levels and preventing moisture loss. Hyaluronic acid is similar in structure to beta-glucan, however beta-glucan is 20% more hydrating than hyaluronic acid.
Anti-aging effect: Beta-glucan can help to plump skin and thus visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It can also prevent skin aging by hydrating the skin.
How to use beta glucan
If your skin has more than it needs, is irritated, or you're just curious, you can incorporate beta-glucan into every step of your skincare routine because Beta-glucan has no negative effects whatsoever!
So you can use it as often as you like! It works particularly well with active ingredients like retinoids, as well as other moisturizing ingredients. If you use it in your morning routine, then use a sunscreen at the end of your routine, this also protects your skin from sun damage.
Our favorite products with beta-glucan:
iUNIK Beta Glucan Power Moisture Serum:
Dive into a sea of relaxation and feel how the delicate serum floats over your skin. Absorbs quickly, keeps your skin hydrated throughout the day and supports overnight skin regeneration. Does not stick and provides 20% more moisture than hyaluronic acid.
iUNIK Beta Glucan Daily Moisture Cream:
Having supple, velvety skin is like having good hair a day: you feel like a superhero! Well, it's not that dramatic, but almost. The Daily Moisture Cream gives you exactly that while being highly nourishing for your skin. It reduces redness and soothes irritated skin and contains power ingredients from top to bottom. Just be careful that not everyone wants to touch your face.
Benton Fermentation Eye Cream:
This eye cream is very moisturizing and nourishing. It combines numerous effective ingredients to optimally support the delicate skin around your eyes. It soothes the skin and lets your eyes shine. Applied in the evening, it gives your skin a healthy, well-groomed appearance for the next morning and during the day it protects your skin from environmental influences.
Cover photo: Helen Ngoc N.