Beta Glucan, a Love Story

I have rather resilient skin.  I rarely have reactions to products and I generally don’t bother to patch test.  I’ve had negative reactions to maybe three things over the last few years, and I rarely break out.  I am careful with acids though, due to my Curology prescription (4% niacinamide, 4% azelaic acid, 0.05% tretinoin) I tend to be a bit sensitive to anything that falls into the realm of chemical exfoliation.
Knowing this I tend to seek out products that will soothe and calm the skin, rebuild my moisture barrier, and keep me hydrated and moisturized.  One of the best ingredients I’ve found for this is beta glucan.  Beta glucan possesses skin regenerative properties, encourages collagen-producing cells, and strengthens the skins ability to protect from outside aggressors such as pollution and UV rays (source).  In my experience this means my skin is calmer and happier with less redness.
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The poor plant in this photo has since perished.  RIP little succulent.
JKosmmune is a brand with beta glucan based products, from hair care to skin.  Their beta glucan is derived from mushrooms and they are the first US company to do so.  They use a 99.9% pure form of third generation beta glucan and limit the ingredients in their formulations to keep the products simple and clean.
Disclaimer: I received both of these products from the company for purposes of review but opinions are my own.
TL;DR at the end

Jkosmmune Toner

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I’ve replaced it with an aquatic moss ball.  I can’t kill that right?

Claims

From their site: JKosmmune Toner revitalizes the face to reduce the appearance of redness and skin irritations. It balances and nourishes the skin to look smoother, healthier and more radiant. Enriched with beta glucan of 99.9% purity level, this unique formula penetrates deep into pores to remove impurities, leaving the skin refreshed and comfortable.

Ingredients

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Betaine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Beta Glucan, Sodium Citrate, Allantoin, Citric Acid, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate

Packaging and price

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Photo courtesy of jkosmmune.com

This comes in a simple plastic bottle with the option of a shake stopper or a spray cap.  This is listed on their site for $26, or $27.50 for the spray option for 150 ml.  (all links are non-affiliate)

Usage and results

I’ve been using this for a little over 4 weeks now, applying every morning towards the beginning of my routine.   Even after nearly a month of heavy daily use I’ve hardly put a dent in it, there’s less than 1/4 gone out of the bottle.

This has no discernible fragrance which paired with the simple formulation means this could be a great product for those with sensitive skin.  It’s an incredibly gentle toner that leaves my skin feeling calmer than before application.  It’s a very light and watery texture that absorbs quickly with no sticky feeling.  I tend to prefer lightweight products in the mornings, I need a lot of hydrating layers to get me through my day so this fits perfectly in that category.  I’ve used this as a single application, and with the seven skin method.  It works beautifully even in multiple layers, drying down quickly and leaving skin plump and refreshed.

Since adding this into my routine I have slowly noticed an improvement in my skin tone and hydration.  This isn’t a huge and revolutionary change, but a subtle improvement.  I tend to always have a bit of splotchy redness on my cheeks, light enough that I’m probably the only one who really notices it.  The toner and serum paired together have calmed that color down a bit, my cheeks are a more even color then I’ve seen in a long time. My skin has also been looking plump and healthy, which to me is a sign of well hydrated skin.

My final thoughts on this is this is an affordable toner that is gentle and calming.  Even if I didn’t notice the benefits of the beta glucan I would still continue to use it for its ability to hydrate.

 

Jkosmmune serum

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Let’s be realistic though.  If a moss ball can die I’ll find a way to accomplish it.

Claims

From their site: JKosmmune Serum is fortified with our powerful beta glucan that visibly corrects skin tone for glowing and healthy skin. Enriched with 97% pure beta glucan (5,000 PPM) which deeply penetrates and renews the damaged skin barrier. Beta glucan has hydrating properties making the skin firm yet smooth all day. Its moisturizing effects will keep your skin young and healthy.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Beta Glucan, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Butylene Glycol

Packaging and price

The serum comes in a glass bottle with a dropper that stops just short of the bottom.  I’m only about halfway through it right now but suspect that the last bit will be difficult to get out.  This is listed on their site for $46 for 50 ml

Usage and results

I’ve been using this each evening for about 5 weeks.  The company recommends using only a few drops but I’m absorbent so tend to use a full dropper of it, though I’ve more recently begun mixing a few drops with a light toner in hopes of extending the life of the bottle.  As it stands I’m not even halfway through this so hopefully it will last another 2 months or so.  The texture is light with a nice slip to it, and it dries down with no stickiness. As with the toner there is also no fragrance to this.

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I give it a month.  Tops.

I’ve found this to be a nice soothing layer after dermarolling, helping to calm my (self-inflicted) irritated skin.  This is just as gentle as the toner so I find it to be a perfect way to treat post micro-needling.  As I said above this has been wonderful at reducing the redness on my cheeks and giving me plump and happy skin.  As this is a higher concentration of beta glucan this is effective in smaller doses.  I have used a 100% pure beta glucan serum before and will admit I do prefer that for the sheer purity of it, though the formulation on that was incredibly sticky and would take a while to absorb.

As it stands with this serum I think it’s a wonderful and simple product that does what it says.  Not only that but this is one of those ingredients I want in my routines all the time.  I’m all about antioxidants in any form lately, so all the other benefits of beta glucan is a dreamy bonus.

TL;DR

Jkosmmune toner Lovely, light, fragrance free.  Calming and hydrating.  Good for all skin types.

Jkosmmune serm Also lovely, light, and fragrance free.  Plumping and soothing.  Also good for all skin types.

Jkosmmune has something good going for it, and I am all about their use of mushroom derived beta glucan and look forward to seeing what this brand does in the future.

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  1. I’m now going to try the serum not only for the beta glucan and your user opinion but I noticed another ingredient Portulaca Oleracea. Purslane. It’s a weed used in many indigenous forms but if you are familiar with Dr Sturm products she uses this as her ‘magic’ ingredient’ and charges insane prices for it! So I’ll be able to slap this stuff on because your review, method and skin type seems like it’d fit in nicely. Thanks!!!

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