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Glycosaminoglycans

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Categories: Polysaccharides

Glycosaminoglycans Skin Benefits:
Anti-Aging
Moisturizing

Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), also known as mucopolysaccharides, are polysaccharides that deal with the support and maintenance of skin structural proteins such as collagen and elastin. Frequently occurring glycosaminoglycans include hyaluronan and chondroitin sulfate, which function as water-binding molecules that can hold nearly 1000 times their own weight. This ability may serve to provide moisture for other skin components (i.e., collagen and elastin). For this reason, the use of glycosaminoglycans in skin care are renowned for being excellent ingredients for increasing overall hydration. Lastly, glycosaminoglycans may also inadvertently supply anti-aging benefits.1 2

  1. Dupont, E. et al. From hydration to cell turnover: an integral approach to antiaging. Cosmetics & Toiletries 125.8, 50 (2010)
  2. Menon, K. et al. Approaches to the development of cosmetic products to counter the effects of skin aging. Skin Aging Handbook 71-72 (2009)