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What is Beta Glucan and Why is it Taking Over Hyaluronic Acid’s Job?

What is Beta Glucan and Why is it Taking Over Hyaluronic Acid’s Job?
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If you've made it this far into your skincare journey without hearing the name "hyaluronic acid," it's quite plausible you've been living under a rock. Hyaluronic acid is a star humectant that locks in hydration and prevents moisture loss, but have you heard of its cousin, Beta Glucan?

What is Beta Glucan?

At its most basic level, beta glucan is a sugar molecule. At its best level, beta glucan is a running competitor for Hyaluronic Acid's job. Aside from its jaw-dropping moisture properties, the ingredient helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, redness and irritation. The molecule can be found in things like oats, fungi, seaweed and other grains.

Benefits of Beta Glucan

Intense Moisture

Some studies show that beta glucan is 20% more hydrating than hyaluronic acid at the same concentration. Beta glucan is a humectant, which means it not only provides intense hydration for the skin but also helps to prevent moisture loss!

  • Sarah Chapman Skinesis Hydration Duo (Worth $190)

    Sarah Chapman Skinesis Hydration Duo (Worth $190)

The moisture giant comes together with golden seaweed and rosehip oil in ESPA Repair & Restore Moisturizer to calm the complexion and provide intense hydration.

Astounding Anti-Aging

Aside from its amazing hydration capabilities, beta glucan is a unique sugar molecule that can bind certain receptors in the body together. When it comes to skin, beta glucan can act as a humectant for moisture, a collagen booster, as well as an immune booster and modulator, helping the skin ward off external aggressors and environmental pollutants.

Despite its large size, the molecule is able to penetrate deep into the epidermis and plump up fine lines and wrinkles. Combine this with a balm-to-milk cleanser like Sarah Chapman's Skinesis Hydration Duo that effectively lifts away makeup and impurities while also softening the skin.

The oil-free serum works to instantly restore radiance and boost skin's hydration, giving you a healthier-looking, supple complexion.

With an ingredient as powerful as beta glucan you may just be able to have spring-ready skin in the dead of winter! Discover more beta glucan-enriched products on our lookfantastic website here!

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