Glucose

A simple sugar that is also one of two components of sucrose, or table sugar. It is used as a humectant in skincare products. Glucose is also used to flavor lip care cosmetics because of its mildly sweet taste.
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Overview

Glucose is a simple sugar that is the most common cellular energy source in the body. It is also one of two components of sucrose, or table sugar.

In skincare products, glucose is frequently used as a humectant, which is a type of moisturizer that draws water into the skin from deeper layers of the skin or even from the environment. The humectancy of glucose is due to its highly water-loving chemical structure, which features five hydroxyl (-OH) groups on a very small molecule.

In addition to functioning as a humectant, glucose can also be used to flavor lip care cosmetics because of its mildly sweet taste.