Oat Beta Glucans


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Oat Beta Glucans could have a role as a non-invasive alternative to Botox, the popular treatment to smooth out wrinkles by injecting botulinum into the muscle. It is believed that some parties already have research and development underway in this area.

In preliminary research, oat beta glucans are being studied for its potential immunomodulatory effects, anti-tumour properties, and stimulation of collagen deposition, tissue granulation, re-epithelization, and macrophage infiltration in the wound healing process.

Topical Benefits
Natural product
Wound repair
Improved elasticity
Skin hydration
Decrease in wrinkles
Free radical scavenger
1% indicates the amount of beta glucan in the product. The base is water.  

INCI: Oat Beta Glucan
Purity: 1% Glucans, .7% Preservative, 98.3% Water
Physical Form: Light Brown Liquid
Melting Point: N/A
Applications: Topical
Usage Rate: Up to 10% (start at a .5% or lower)
Solubility: Water
Shelf Life: 2 Years
Other Ingredients by Concentration are: Preserved with 0.7% Preservative Blend (Phenoxethanol, Benzoic acid, Dehydroacetic acid, Ethylhexlglycerin)

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Shelf Life and Storage Information for Products and Ingredients

Finished products generally don't need to be refrigerated as they are preserved, but you can refrigerate them to extend shelf life. Shelf life is 9 - 12 months

Sample sizes do have a shorter shelf life (generally 3-6 months and items in jars can dry up quicker than this if the lid is not tightened well enough (except our vitamin C serums - use within 90 days).

Please try to keep out of high humidity or heat if possible! Store out of direct light and in dark cabinet if possible also!

Exfoliating Acid products will last 1 year.

The only thing we don't suggest refrigerating is the mandelic or salicylic acid serums as those can crystallize in the refrigerator and not go back to their normal state even if you warm them up.

Additional Items Requiring Refrigeration

Hydrosols - Take out 1/2 oz to 1 oz in a separate spray bottle from your original container and keep the larger bottle in the refrigerator!

Carrier Oils - Generally you can refrigerate ALL carrier oils, they will solidify in some cases. This is FINE all you have to do is take it out warm it up at room temp and it will be liquid again!
There are some oils that have a super long shelf life like coconut oil for instance! That does not need to be refrigerated, but it cannot hurt it either!

Essential Oils - Essential oils are best stored in a cool dark place.

Co2 Oils - These should always be refrigerated.

Butters - We suggest refrigerating our skincare butters. You can take out what you need and keep the rest in the fridge.

Essential oils - These can be refrigerated to increase their shelf life!

Clays - Keep in a dry, dark place (shelf life is at least 2 years)

Herbs - (whole or ground) These should last a good year at least - Keep in a dark, cool and dry location.

Herbal Extracts - [powder] Keep these also in a dark, DRY place. You can keep in the fridge, but make sure the seal is on very tight so you don't get moisture in. [1 year at least].

Herbal Extracts - [liquid] These can be kept in the refrigerator (or a dark DRY place] [3 years at least]

Other Various Raw Ingredients - i.e. Sodium PCA, Honeyquat, Iat Beta Glucan etc will all have a different shelf life (we are working on adding this to the ingredient pages.

More than being useful solely in cosmetics settings, however, beta glucan gains practical, medical credibility from the (below) study, which supports its use to promote wound healing and reduce scarring after surgical procedures.

Notes from (1) of many studies
"The first part of the study, published in the latest issue of the International Journal of Cosmetic Science (vol. 27; issue 5; p 292), involved a single application of 5mg of 0.5 percent beta glucan per cm2 of abdominal skin. The beta-glucan contained a dye, so that its progress through the skin could be measured. The researchers found that it did, indeed penetrate the skin – a process described as being similar to the way water penetrates a brick wall. 

“It does not go through the brick, it goes through the concrete binding the bricks together," he said. "As a result of our study, we now know that glucan works through the inter-cellular lipid matrix, or the cells' cement, to enter the lower levels of the skin.” 
Next, a clinical study group of 27 subjects applied beta-glucan to fine lines and wrinkles on their faces over an eight-week period. Using digital image analysis of silicone replicas, they determined that there was a significant reduction of wrinkle depth and height, and that the skin was less rough. 
Redmond said that consumers may expect to see results in as little as ten days. His conclusion is that there is evidence to support the use of oat beta-glucan in the “care and maintenance of healthy skin and the cosmetic treatment of the signs of aging”.