JKosmmune is a new skincare brand that was created after its research at parent company, JK BioPharma Solutions. They are committed to using ingredients that are safe, effective and non-toxic, while using natural and certified organic materials when possible. They use Environmental Working Group(EWG) rating system and all of their ingredients scored a 2 or less, based out of 10.
All of their skincare is 8-Free: free from parabens, alcohol, talc, mineral and silicon oils, phenoxyethanol, benzophenone, color additives, sulfates and parraffin. JKosmmune is Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free and conducts no animal testing.
I find it very reassuring that their skincare is backed by their own research and science and in fact, you can purchase their raw beta-glucan online
Beta-glucan is a natural biopolymer derived from mushrooms, yeast, algae and plants. It has been scientifically and clinically studied for the past 50 years at numerous universities and teaching hospitals.
JKosmmune Beta-glucan is naturally secreted in a soluble state with over 99% purity, which results in a deeper and more powerful moisturizer. JKosmmune Beta-glucan is NOT encapsulated in its natural state, meaning there is no need to chemically breakdown the capsule, which can introduce chemical impurities. We maintain this high purity and concentration with careful formulation, which ultimately maintains the high potency of Beta-glucan.
What is Beta-glucan?
I did a lot of research a couple of years ago on this so I think it is only fair to me that I can repeat what I originally wrote about this fascinating ingredient. In a nut shell, it is a compound that is naturally derived from mushrooms, oats, yeast and grains.
It helps stimulate the production of collagen, speeds up wound healing, soothes and calms skin due to its anti-irritant and strong anti-inflammatory properties, moisturizes, locks in natural moisture, anti-aging and anti-wrinkle due to its anti-oxidant properties and also helps repair your moisture barrier.
Current skincare trends: Beta glucan
Beta glucan is considered the “3rd” generation of moisturizing agents. The first generation is glycerin, which is very affordable but only keeps moisture from evaporating. Hyaluronic acid, which I love and use, is the second generation and it is one of the ingredients that exists normally in our body which helps provide collagen and elastin production. Hyaluronic acid production starts to decline once in your late 20’s.
The 3rd generation, Beta glucan was created originally to strengthen the immune system and is 20% more effective at moisturizing than hyaluronic acid. It protects skin from UV rays as well. It helps reduce redness and it is a good ingredient for sensitive skin, so long you aren’t allergic to yeast, oat, grains and mushrooms.
Beta glucan is a polysaccharide sugar and it is found in plant’s cellulose, in the bran of grains such as oats, Saccharmoyces cerevisiae (baker’s yeast), mushrooms such as shiitake mushroom (lentinula edodes), some types of fungi and also bacteria. Beta glucan suppresses the propagation of cancer cells by activating immune cells. The FDA has registered its safety in 1983 for cosmetic use. Our bodies do not produce beta glucan, unlike hyaluronic acid, so we have to supply it to our skin and bodies through supplements. People have been rubbing an oat bran pasted on their skin for thousands of years, to relieve skin irritation, itching and speed up wound healing. Beta glucan interacts with our immune cells, called microphages, and activates antigens which kill germs and protect our body.
Benefits of Beta-glucan
Beta glucan helps heal and build our immune system, fighting off bacterial and viral infections, it also helps rebuild our skin’s surface cells and to help restore collagen, by stimulating the skin tissue. This is helps cellular turnover by creating new fresh skin cells while supporting existing structural cells. It can penetrate deeply into our cellular matrix and get into the lower levels and help prevent wrinkles from where they are formed. It was thought for a long time that the Beta-glucan molecular structure was too big to pass through and be absorbed into our skin, but recent studies have proven that incorrect.
The results showed that beta-glucan, “despite its large molecular size, deeply penetrated the skin into the epidermis and dermis.” The same team tested 27 people to evaluate the effects of beta-glucan on facial fine lines and wrinkles. After 8 weeks, there was “a significant reduction of wrinkle depth and height, and overall roughness.”
So after the penetration issue was resolved, a team at the University of Alberta discovered how. It seems that the beta glucan enters the skin the same way that water penetrates a brick wall. “It does not go through the brick, it goes through the concrete binding the bricks together,” explained the lead scientist. “As a result of our study, we now know that glucan works through the inter-cellular lipid matrix, or the cells’ cement, to enter the lower levels of the skin. Of medical significance is the fact that beta glucan creams promote wound healing and reduction in scaring following surgical procedures.”
What I Like about Beta-glucan
I love beta glucan because it really helps hydrate my oily skin in the fall and wintertime, as during the cooler months, my skin gets dehydrated. It hydrates, protects, repairs my skin ~ I still get blemishes and plump up my skin all without being oily or greasy. JKosmmune’s beta glucan is derived from fungi schizophyllum commune, which is water soluble, leaving your skin supple, smooth and firm.
Skin Type/Concerns: Oily, blemish prone, aging skin with hyper-pigmentation and fine lines/wrinkles.
JKosmmune Enzyme Cleansing Powder
I LOVE enzyme powder cleansers. For those who do not know what an enzyme cleansing powder is, I will repeat my standard information on them: Enzymes in skin care have two functions ~ exfoliation and to help reduce swelling, tenderness, redness and pain ~ anti-inflammation.
Enzymes can be very gentle and are a fantastic replacement for facial scrubs and microdermabrasion products. Enzymes break down the upper layer of skin which contains dead skin cells that contains keratin and whisking them away ~ literally decomposing the skin cells. By breaking down keratin, your skin is smoother and silkier. Some of the best fruit enzymes are papaya (papain), blueberry and pineapple.
This not only contains the 99.9% pure beta glucan, but has some other nice ingredients in here ~ most importantly, it does contains papain, an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacteria enzyme is derived from papaya. It will exfoliate your skin without irritation by gently loosening dead skin cells and removing them from your skin. This contains two gentle surfactants: plant derived sodium lauroyl glutamate is made from amino acid and fatty acids, and leaves skin soft and smooth.
Sodium cocoyl isethionate is a fatty acid, coconut derived surfactant, which solubilizes oils, allowing water to mix with oil and dirt, so the grime is rinsed away completely [source]. Allantoin is known for healing, soothing and softening skin, it also helps remove cracked and chapped skin, leaving behind healthy looking skin. Betaine is superior for its intense moisturization and hydration properties, without the stickiness, and also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while attracting moisture and relieving skin irritation. This does contain pollen extract, which is full of natural natural enzymes, vitamins and minerals, and can help detox your skin and speed up healing.
This cleanser comes in a tall, slim plastic bottle with a flip cap applicator ~ just pour out a bit, about the size of a nickle, in your hand and make sure to close the cap once done. You never want to get the bottle’s contents wet. I have never had issues with my enzyme powders getting ruined because I ensure that I firmly snap the cap back on (See sec. A).
There is no scent that I can detect with this product. This foams up nicely for an enzyme powder cleanser ~ on the left side below, that foam is just by rubbing my hands together under water and you can see it creates nice soft bubbles (See sec. B). On the right side, that foam was created using a device and the foam is bit more dense and smaller ~ there is a difference with foaming when you use one of those types of tools, but you can create foam and cleanse without them.
The grains fully dissolve into foam and it feels silky smooth on my skin. After rinsing off, my skin looks brighter, smoother and very soft, without drying or stripping. This is why I LOVE enzyme cleanser ~ the results on my skin just feel and look so good and results are immediate.
JKosmmune states that their cleanser has a pH level of 5.82, but I found it to be lower than that at 5.3 with my high pH water (9>)! So, for those looking for a lower pH foaming cleanser, this one is it. I normally do not care about pH levels unless I am looking for an acidic product to help exfoliate ~ this cleanser not only has the physical exfoliation with the grains, but chemical with papain and now with the lower pH.
I love my toners!! This is an alcohol free toner with only 10 ingredients ~ not only does it have 99.9% pure beta glucan, but contains some other brightening and hydrating ingredients. Glycerinand and betaine are both humectants and will help provide additional hydration without stickiness. Licorice root (dipotassium glycyrrhizate) is a brightening ingredient as well as reducing flaking and smoothing your skin.
It is also an anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory. Citric acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and will help gently exfoliate and promote cellular turnover, so it will help brighten and smooth your skin, while hydrating your skin.
Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Betaine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Beta-Glucan, Sodium Citrate, Allantoin, Citric Acid, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate cosDNA analysis
This comes a small bottle, but it is 150 mL so contains a lot of product. This has a pin hole applicator and I either shake out this very watery, scentless liquid into my hand and pat on my face or use a cotton pad to apply. It is up to you how you like to apply toners! This has a pH level of 6, so it is mildly acidic but provides more hydration than exfoliation. That is fine, because this toner is not marketed as an exfoliate.
The first time I used it, I went ahhhhhhh in happiness, as this is so cooling and refreshing on my skin. In fact, if your skin feels dry, sore, hot or what I like to called tired, this toner will feel so good. It is a watery toner, so it will evaporate quickly, but even with that, it increased my hydration by 17%, while decreasing my oil levels. It doesn’t leave a footprint on my skin, as it is not greasy, sticky and my skin just feels cool and refreshed. This toner is perfect for the 7-layer method as it dries quickly, while hydrating your skin.
This is another product that I was keen to try from JKosmmune as I love my Graymelin Beta Glucan Amouple, but it is sticky and heavier. I wanted a serum that I could use in my day time routine, so let’s see how this one worked for me. This serum only has 7 ingredients, including 97% pure beta glucan (5,000 ppm) and hydrating glycerin. This also has centella asiatica, which is one of my favorite ingredients ~ it is a common herbal ingredient that is used medicinally to help speed up wound healing, such as blemishes and skin rashes. It also helps minimize the appearance of pores.
Another popular skincare botanical is portulaca oleracea, which helps prevent dry skin while soothing due to its moisturizing benefits. This is dermatologist-recommended, according to JKosmmune.
This comes in a nice 1.7 oz clear glass bottle with an eye drop applicator. The serum is colorless and odorless and I can already tell that I can use this during the daytime, as it is a watery serum! It is VERY watery ~ I just take the applicator and drip the product on my skin to ensure I don’t waste any of it. Just like the toner, this is SO refreshing and cooling on my skin ~ very soothing. It has a slight slipperiness to it but absorbs quickly and easily into my skin, leaving no tacky or greasy residue. It is not sticky at all ~ perfect for day time use for me.
Again, for some reason, this doesn’t registered high on the hydrating levels, with only an increase of 17% but I do think that is because it absorbs so quickly into my skin. I do consider this a hydrating serum for oily skin ~ however, if you have dry skin, you might need some additional moisturizers and hydrators. This serum is great for blemish prone skin as it helps heal any blemishes you might have ~ I noticed that it did a lovely job keeping my oil at bay while healing my skin.
However, and this is where YMMV ~ I didn’t see any improvements with wrinkles or pores during my time using it ~ this product does not claim to do that, but I was reading some reviews on their site and people were saying it helped reduce wrinkles, fine lines and pore reduction ~ if this serum doesn’t do that for you, that is okay, as it is not marketed as such.
I am so glad that JKosmmune sent me these items to try! They also have other items, such as moisturizers and shampoo, but these 3 products really work well together.. and by themselves! I would have to say that I think that the standout item here for me is the Enzyme Powder Cleanser. It hits all of the sweet spots for me and best of all, it is very affordable too. I have been using this cleanser since October and I haven’t even used up 1/4 of the bottle yet. A little goes a long way and according to JKosmmune, I have 9 months from opening to use this all up. I have found my replacement for my Naruko cleanser and will purchase this product again.
The Toner is a nice hydrating and soothing toner that is very refreshing while cutting thru the oil on my skin ~ this product is more for the summer time for me, as it is so watery and cooling. The Serum is another standout item as I had been looking for a beta glucan watery type product that I could use during my morning routines ~ this fits the bill. I would say a little goes a long way, but I have been using so much of this product that I am 1/2 through the bottle. I guess I use more than I should but I really love how refreshed my skin feels after using this. This one is more expensive than I care for ~ if it goes on sale, I would purchase this for sure! Many thanks to JKosmmune for sending me this trio. Have you tried JKosmmune yet? What did you think of their products?