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Why Your Skin Needs Beta-Glucan

When it comes to skincare, it can be hard to know what ingredients to look for. An ingredient that is a must for almost every skincare routine is beta-glucan. Beta-glucan hydrates, soothes and rejuvenates the skin.


Beta-glucans are polysaccharide sugars found in cell walls that are derived from various mushrooms, plants, algae, yeasts, and oats. Beta-glucan is a humectant, meaning that it attracts water to the top layers of skin. In fact, it is a better hydrator than hyaluronic acid.

When used on the skin, it calms inflammation and enhances the defences of the skin’s Langerhans cells, a key part of the skin’s immune system.


Beta-glucan is an ingredient that offers superior hydration and is perfect for skin that is dehydrated or is suffering from a compromised barrier. It also works to calm irritations while at the same time plumping fine lines and wrinkles. How? As we age our skin’s Langerhans cells slow down. Beta-glucan yeast cell wall extracts help stimulate the Langerhans cells to work at their maximum capacity and repair damage from environmental trauma such as sun exposure.


  • Beta Gel: Beta Gel is a signature DMK formula that is suitable for most skin conditions, including acne, premature ageing, and scarring. Beta Gel is specially formulated with potent beta-glucan to address reactive, irritated, or inflamed skin. It is excellent for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, promoting wound healing, and reducing the appearance of scarring.

The beta-glucan in Beta Gel stimulates the Langerhans cells to activate the macrophages (white blood cells which fight invaders) within the dermis. Once activated, the macrophages release a series of compounds that stimulate the fibroblast cells to produce collagen and elastin.

  • Betagen: Known as DMK’s ‘emergency crème’, Betagen is a unique formulation that revises skin demonstrating environmental stress, sun damage, premature ageing, and signs of trauma. It features a superior blend of botanical ingredients that work together to nourish damaged cells and promote younger-looking skin. This soothing crème features beta-glucan and is perfect for under environmental attack.



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