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Ingredient spotlight A – Chitin

By February 7, 2024No Comments

Ingredient spotlight A – Chitin

SQT uses spicules from the Spongilla Lacustris as they contain A-Chitin.

Spongilla Lacustris spicule extract is a natural, safe, and renewable ingredient that will preserve the skin’s beauty and radiant glow.

A – Chitin is a long-chain polysaccharide consisting of glucose units, the second most abundant natural polymer after cellulose with similar characteristics.  It provides flexibility and strength to spicules and insect exoskeletons. It is not soluble in water, but its derivative chitosan is water-soluble and widely used in skin care applications.

Chitin is a perfect texturising agent that provides a rich and soft feel. It has similar properties to keratin and is used in hair care formulations for brittle or damaged hair. In addition, thanks to natural antibacterial action against Streptococcus and other bacteria, Chitin is an ideal ingredient for preparations against acne and other skin infections.

In addition, it protects skin from UV exposure, moisturises and improves water-retention ability (especially in combination with glucans), and binds another active ingredient assisting in the delivery and enhancing the formula’s stability.

A- Chitin is a polysaccharide – This includes immunomodulatory, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, regenerative properties, and metabolic effects.

Polysaccharide

As a skin-replenishing overachiever, polysaccharides are responsible for the skin’s natural ability to hydrate and retain water. They are also critical for skin repair and skin renewal. The special magic powers of polysaccharides are to bind to the skin stronger and longer than other moisturizing ingredients.

Polysaccharides are responsible for the skin’s natural ability to hydrate and retain water. They are also critical for skin repair and skin renewal.

Dry skin (lines and wrinkles, loss of elasticity, etc) is caused by two factors: Damage to the skin’s protective barrier which results in natural water loss.

 

SQT treatments help repair the skin from within. If you are new to treatments or have extremely damaged skin, the new Skin Booster, Nourishing and hydrating kit, is especially beneficial.

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