Glucose is a simple sugar and is the most important source of energy in all organisms. In skincare, glucose is used to hydrate the skin. It also acts as a prebiotic for our natural biome.
As a humectant, glucose draws moisture from the air and from deeper levels in the skin. This helps hydrate skin.
Our skin's natural microbiome contains many saccharides that act as prebiotics. These prebiotics help strengthen our skin's microbiome. Having a healthy microbiome helps protect our skin from harmful bacteria and other contaminants.
Studies show glucose may help with fading discoloration and pigmentation. This is because our skin metabolizes glucose into lactic acid. Lactic acid is an AHA that helps exfoliate the top layer of skin.
Plants and algae make glucose during the process of photosynthesis. It is then used to make cellulose, the building blocks of cell walls.
Glucose is a rare cosmetic ingredient, with about 3.8% of the products in our database containing it.
What it does:
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Where it's used
Glucose is most often found as ingredient number 25 within an ingredient list.
These are the categories of products that use Glucose the most:
Products with Glucose
- CosIng ID: 34012
- INCI Name: GLUCOSE
- INN Name: dextrose
- EC #: 200-075-1
- Ph. Eur. Name: dextrosum / glucosum
- All Functions: Humectant