Glyceryl Glucoside



Glyceryl Glucoside at a glance

  • Composed of skin-loving glycerin and glucose
  • A humectant that draws moisture to skin
  • Ensures balanced hydration + helps prevent dehydration
  • Helps boost enzymatic antioxidants in skin’s surface layers

Glyceryl Glucoside description

Glyceryl glucoside is a humectant that may be plant-derived or synthetic (Paula’s Choice Skincare uses the former). Its made by cross-reacting glycerin with glucose. It not only draws and hold water within skin’s surface layers, it interacts with water-transport channels (known as aquaporins) in skin’s surface to ensure balanced hydration. The glucose portion of this ingredient plays a role in boosting skin’s enzymatic antioxidants, which improves skin’s environmental defenses. This includes reducing skin’s tendency to become dehydrated. Recommended usage levels of glyceryl glucoside in skin care range from 0.5–2%. Since it’s composed of ingredients that occur naturally in skin, it is considered safe and non-irritating as used in cosmetics.

Glyceryl Glucoside references

  • Health Science Reports, April 2021, pages 1–7
  • Antioxidants, February 2020, pages 1–20
  • The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, August 2012, pages 29–39
  • Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, May 2012, pages 192–199

Peer-reviewed, substantiated scientific research is used to assess ingredients in this dictionary. Regulations regarding constraints, permitted concentration levels and availability vary by country and region.

Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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