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Oat Beta Glucan

Your Skincare Toolbox 101 Oat Beta Glucan #17 Multi Active Accelerator

The mechanism of action of Oat Beta Glucan is through the stimulation of collagen synthesis, indicating its superior activity as an anti-aging active ingredient. Studies have shown that because it is able to penetrate and work its way through the inter-cellular matrix, and get to the lower levels where wrinkles are formed, it shows a marked improvement of wrinkles and their prevention.

As an ingredient in personal care products, oat beta glucan features the ability to induce cellular activities which lead to the restructuring of skin, resulting in a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.

Some of Oat Beta Glucan’s functional properties include:GHK-Cu Copper Peptide

  • Anti-irritant
  • Anti-aging
  • Immune stimulant
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Skin soothing and calming
  • Stimulates collagen synthesis improving the skin viscoelasticity
  • Promotes cell renewal
  • Heals micro-abrasions
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Wound healing support
  • Moisturizing and hydration
  • Increases skin elasticity
  • Sun damage protection
  • Sun damage repair
  • Scar care

After the entry to skin, oat beta glucan promotes sustained moisturization properties together with an improved, smoother appearance of the skin. Interaction triggers reactions with fibroblasts that stimulate collagen synthesis. As a result of promoted collagen synthesis, elasticity of the skin is enhanced, wrinkles are reduced with significant reduction of wrinkle depth and height, and overall roughness, the aging process is largely delayed.

The evidence of its anti-wrinkle effects on the intact skin has emerged only recently. In a 2005 study published in the magazine of International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists, Dr. Pillai and colleagues, the evidence of beta glucan’s effects on the intact skin is encouraging but a number of questions remain.

The study, published in the current issue of International Journal of Cosmetic Science, is the first to show that oat beta glucan can penetrate the skin despite years of doctors and scientists believing that the large molecule was too big.

In this paper, Redmond and his co-authors describe using oat beta glucan specific tracking dyes to show the skin penetration did take place. “Interestingly, the glucan penetrates in the same way that water penetrates a brick wall–it does not go through the brick, it goes through the concrete binding the bricks together,” says Redmond. “As a result of our study, we now know that oat beta glucan works through the inter-cellular lipid matrix, or the cells’ cement, to enter the lower levels of the skin. Healing and reduction in scaring following surgical procedures.”

Oat Beta Glucan improves the moisture-retention capability of the skin and has excellent anti-inflammatory properties. It promotes cell renewal and enhances skin protection, as in our Volu-Lift Recontouring Face Cream with Ceramides.

The body doesn’t produce beta glucans naturally. They occur most commonly as cellulose in plants, the bran of cereal grains, the cell wall of baker’s yeast, certain fungi, oats, mushrooms and bacteria.

Not surprisingly then, they turn out to be useful antioxidants. For ages, it was believed that the large molecular structure of beta glutens would prevent them from effectively penetrating the skin. This all changed a few years ago with a study published in International Journal of Cosmetic Science. The results showed that beta glucan, “despite its large molecular size, deeply penetrated the skin into the epidermis and dermis.”

This outstanding, dual purpose, anti-aging and moisturizing ingredient is proficient in repairing and protecting the skin. It has a proven significant deep moisturizing effect on the skin, which is both rapid and long-lasting. It is a proven, natural film-former, displaying soothing, hypoallergenic, restorative and protective properties.

Our products that have Oat Beta Glucan or Extract  in them:

Written by:  Louise Manteuffel, Guest Contributor

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