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How Glucosamine Works In Skincare

By Kaleigh Fasanella, she/her

By now, it’s likely that you’ve all heard of hyaluronic acid and how it benefits the skin (see: hydration and barrier support). But what about glucosamine? Yeah, chances are probably not—yet. Here’s the thing though: the highly bioavailable sugar actually stimulates the synthesis of hyaluronic acid, leading to increased hydration and an even happier skin barrier. Hence why glucosamine is included in Youth To The People’s new Mandelic Acid + Superfood Unity Exfoliant

“Glucosamine is a multipurpose ingredient that works to boost hyaluronic acid synthesis, improving hydration, while also helping to strengthen the skin barrier,” says New York City-based board-certified dermatologist, Marisa Garshick, M.D., who adds that it has antioxidant qualities as well (which helps to fight against free radical damage). Due to its stimulation of hyaluronic acid synthesis, glucosamine is shown to aid in diminishing fine lines and wrinkles, as well as wound healing. Glucosamine also works to inhibit excess melanin production, making it useful for treating different types of hyperpigmentation—that, and it has anti-inflammatory properties as well so it can help to minimize redness and irritation. 

Ultimately, glucosamine became a no-brainer ingredient to add to your routine with the Unity Exfoliant because of the host of benefits it provides to the skin. Alongside soothing licorice root and a gentle but effective concentration of acids—3% AHA, 2% BHA, 1% PHA to be exact—glucosamine helps to hydrate, calm, and support the skin’s natural protective barrier. 

This next-gen formula is so gentle that it’s safe for all skin types—including sensitive—to use on up to a daily basis. Follow up with a hydrating moisturizer, like the Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream, which will help keep your skin balanced and well-hydrated as we head into fall. 

Written by Kaleigh Fasanella for Youth To The People

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