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What is it?
Beta-Glucan is naturally occurring polysaccharide derived from yeast, oats or mushrooms. It is really a fibre in cell walls of oat kernel or mushroom body. There are some debates about the difference in its efficiency whether it is derived from oats, mushrooms, or even microorganisms but I couldn’t find the final answer to that question.
For a long time it was believed Beta-Glucan could only provide its benefits to human health by taking it orally as it could not penetrate skin because of its large molecular weight. Recently it is understood that it actually can penetrate the skin easily “as the water penetrates brick wall. It goes in deep through the inter-cellular lipid matrix, or the cells’ cement, to enter the lower levels of the skin.” /quotation: Dr. Mark Redmond, University of Alberta/
After Dr. Redmond and his team’s study had been published in International Journal of Cosmetic Science (13 September 2005), beta-glucan has become a star ingredient in many skin care products for its very promising anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative and antiaging properties.
(…) Scientific reports indicate beta‐glucan is a film‐forming moisturizer, a biological response modifier, and a promoter of wound healing. Our objective was to study the penetration of oat (1,4:1,3) beta‐glucan in human skin models and to evaluate clinically its efficacy for reducing fine‐lines and wrinkles. Penetration studies performed on human abdominal skin used a single application of 0.5% beta‐glucan solution at a dose of 5 mg per cm2. The results showed that beta‐glucan, despite its large molecular size, deeply penetrated the skin into the epidermis and dermis. A clinical study of 27 subjects was performed to evaluate the effects of beta‐glucan on facial fine‐lines and wrinkles. After 8 weeks of treatment, digital image analysis of silicone replicas indicated a significant reduction of wrinkle depth and height, and overall roughness.”
(Source: Anti‐Wrinkle Therapy: Significant New Findings in the Non‐Invasive Cosmetic Treatment of Skin Wrinkles with Beta‐Glucan, R. Pillai, M. Redmond, J. Röding, International Journal of Cosmetic Science)
Also called a moisturizer of the third generation (after glycerine and hyaluronic acid) Beta-Glucan is even more – a true skin helper.
When searched for skin care products rich with Beta-Glucan formulated for sensitive, aging skin like mine, I already have chosen one in particular: Graymelin Pure 100% Beta-Glucan. No other ingredients, just pure Beta-Glucan and it made wonders for my skin. You can see it in action here.
And then I stumbled upon this:
iUNIK Beta-Glucan Daily Moisture Cream
- Amazing skin moisturizer Beta Glucan, Super Moisture Recharge
- This cream can help to make moisturizing dry skin and improve skin barrier function with Beta Glucan.
- Improve skin barrier function
- Calming and protecting sensitive skin
- Light Skin
- Skin clearing
Oh, yes, I grabbed it almost instantly.
It is very light, almost a bit translucent whitish cream with no scent at all. It comes in plastic 60 ml / 2.02 fl.oz. tube of simple, characteristic iUNIK design.
How to use it?
Apply an appropriate amount to cleansed (and toned) skin.
Pat into the skin until fully absorbed.
Use in the morning and at night.
I use it every possible way. During the day, after taking a shower, on a hot day, on a cold day, you name it…
Water, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Beta-Glucan, Cetearyl Alcohol, Niacinamide, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glyceryl Stearate, Polysorbate 60, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbitan Stearate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Arginine, Cetearyl Glucoside, Caprylyl Glycol, Allantoin, Centella Asiatica Extract, Betaine, Prunus Salicina Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Adenosine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Powder, Pentylene Glycol, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract
iUNIK disclosed 3000 mg of Beta-Glucan derived from mushrooms working together with other moisturizing colleagues – glycerine an hyaluronic acid.
Plant extracts and Red Fruits Complex (Prunes, Raspberry, Strawberry, Peach, Pomegranate) accompany this very soothing and moisturizing formula.
Who is it for?
Dry, sensitive and other compromised skin barrier skin types. But any skin type could enjoy this cream actually.
Oily skin types could use it as the last step of night skin care routine.
Does it work?
Ladies and gentlemen, it works. Really works. It is so light, yet so moisturizing without any residue left on skin. Almost gel-like. You know those popular skin care community words complimenting nice skin: plump, bouncy, glowy, wet? Yes, they all do apply here.
THE most important effect of this cream is instant soothing effect. It does calm my redness, it does make my skin look healthier. And skin is more willing to welcome makeup.
I believe that brightening effect of iUNIK Beta-Glucan Daily Moisture Cream is something that comes unintentionally, simply because the skin is well hydrated and nourished at the same time.
And then the natural beauty of the skin simply pops up.
Absolutely yes. A staple.