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THE SKIN JOURNAL

We want to help you understand your skin, so that you know what’s going on with it, what to put on it, and how to care for it. Sciency stuff that answers so many of your skin questions, written in a clear and simple way. Penned by our founder, Ee Ting Ng.



Glycoin® natural - Desert miracle molecule

2 August, 2018

Glycoin® natural - Desert miracle molecule

If you haven’t not heard about Glycoin®, you can catch up quickly here.


Origins from the Resurrection Plant

This fascinating ingredient has fascinating origins. Glycoin® is the key to the unique resilience of the desert resurrection plant Myrothamnus flabellifolia. Resurrection plants have the ability to withstand long periods of drought and extreme weather conditions; during which it completely desiccates, appearing withered and dead. However, as soon as rain falls, it revives and re-greens itself within hours.

Glycoin® is the stress-protective molecule of the resurrection plant, allowing it to survive extremely hostile desert conditions for years without any water. Other than protecting the plant cells from severe dehydration and damage, Glycoin® is also capable of quickly re-activating the plant when the rain comes.

This molecule is also found in particular strains of blue-green algae, Spirulina, living in lakes with high salt content. Like the resurrection plant, the organism uses Glycoin® to adapt to and survive their harsh natural habitat.



An Extremolyte

So what exactly is Glycoin®? It is a type of extremolyte, which is a type of stress-protection molecule preventing membrane damage, thus allowing plants and organisms to live in lethal conditions of extreme dryness and temperatures such as deserts, salt lakes, artic ice or hot springs. Chemically, Glycoin® is a small polysaccharide (or sugar) belonging to a group of compounds called glyceryl glucosides.



Expert engineering

Glycoin® consists of a specific type of glyceryl glycoside present exclusively in the desert resurrection plant Myrothamnus flabellifolia and blue-green algae Spirulina. It is exclusively manufactured in Germany, with a high degree of purity by a patented reaction utilising all natural starting materials. It also has excellent stability, which means it remains active long after its production and incorporation into cosmetic products.


The natural revitalising ability of Glycoin® transfers to skin with outstanding efficacy. But don't take our word for it, see for yourself just how this desert miracle molecule performs on skin in our final instalment!