Free Shipping on all orders over $75 with code FREESHIP


Beta Glucan, Oat Straw

Beta Glucan from Natural Sources

EWG Rating
 Ingredient rating

Alternative name {Beta-glycan}
Common Sources {Seaweed, grains, mushrooms}

Beta Glucan is a natural and organic substance is found in plants of all kinds, including grains like Oat Straw. It can also be found in yeast and other bacteria—even seaweed. One of the best sources of beta-glucans is shiitake mushrooms. Shiitake is a fungus with a great delivery system for the health benefits of beta-glucan.

In cosmetic applications, it is used most commonly in brightening anti-aging products. It uses the same properties to boost the immune system internally as it promotes the appearance of healthy, youthful skin externally. Mainly, it stimulates the production of individual cells, which, as we age, our body stops making.

When an anti-aging serum with shiitake is applied to the face, it encourages this substance's production. Once the skin registers that this cell is again being produced, it responds by plumping skin cells, creating a less wrinkled appearance.

Shiitake Mushrooms naturally from beta glycanFor cosmetic applications, beta-glucan is usually synthesized from yeast or a grain like rye or oat. This is why oatmeal is such a popular additive for calming and moisturizing skin care products. For thousands of years, society has used oatmeal as a calming agent for dry, irritated skin and mend scrapes and shallow cuts.

Oatmeal is still utilized for the same purposes today, but now it is referred to as an "active ingredient." The beta-glucan contained in oatmeal has been isolated for use in other applications as well. On its own, beta-glucan can quickly absorb into the skin.

This is beneficial as it encourages the immune system with an energy boost and reduces inflammation. At the same time, it repels facial bacteria and minimizes pores. Plus, it increases the rate of cell turnover, getting rid of old, dead cells. New, youthful cells are revealed along with brighter, clearer, and more luminous faces.

While it can be used topically to improve the skin’s appearance with creams and lotions designed to fade spots, this makes it extremely useful for women who have endured acne and acne scars, scratches, or scars.

Over time, rough patches and uneven areas on the skin can appear from treatments or cystic pimples. Oat from beta-glucan stimulates the growth of new cells for younger-looking skin.

Plus, it stimulates cell regeneration, which increases cell turnover. The faster the rate, the more rapid new, healthy skin emerges. Discolorations fade away, and age spots become less noticeable.

About the Author
Kari Thomas wrote this article.

About Skin Perfection

We’re here to help you create clean beauty products and get you looking younger. We’ve put together our best tips for making your own skincare products, finding the best anti-aging ingredients, plus in-depth videos and guides.

Learn more about our team here.

Getting Started and Guides

Make sure to start with the right setup. Learn how to create your DIY skincare the right way. It'll make your life so much easier. Here's how:

The Best Peptides

We've used all of the best peptides out there. Some of them we love. Others we didn't. Learn from our experience on which anti-aging peptides work.

Best-Selling Skincare

Need a ready-made solution? Check out our best selling anti-aging products, including serums and moisturizers. We've got you.

Liquid Facelift
Liquid Facelift

Liquid Facelift

PhytoCellTec Moisturizer with apple stem cells
PhytoCellTec Moisturizer with apple stem cells

PhytoCellTec Smart Moisturizer

Peptide Eye Serum - How to get rid of crow's feet
Peptide Eye Serum - How to get rid of crow's feet

Peptide Eye Serum