Stress Less is designed to improve sensitive, damaged, irritated or dehydrated skin with the combination of Beta-Glucan & Madecassoside, two supermolecules with remarkable skin soothing, repairing and hydrating abilities.
Beta-Glucan is the most bioactive and valuable part of Oat with intensive skin repairing, skin smoothing & wound healing properties, while Madecassoside is one of the main active components of Centella Asiatica, a medicinal plant that has well-established soothing, wound healing and antioxidant activities.
We use 0.2% Beta-Glucan and 0.3% Madecassoside in this formula. While these numbers might not sound high, when it comes to these two actives, they are. Studies use Madecassoside from as low as 0.05% (shown to inhibit UV induced melanin production) or at 0.1% combined with 5% Vitamin C for anti-aging benefits. 0.2% of Madecassoside has remarkable barrier-supporting, skin moisturizing, as well as redness & itching reducing properties in atopic or psoriasis-prone skin. In-vivo studies (made on real humans) by the manufacturer of Beta-Glucan show that the molecule improves skin barrier recovery used at 0.05%, while its moisturizing ability is as good as that of hyaluronic acid or even greater. Used at 0.1%, Beta-Glucan makes the skin firmer, smoother and more elastic.
Geek tip: use Stress Less with C-Glow in the morning for added smart-aging benefits.
Who is it for?
how to use it?
Apply a few drops to the face after cleansing, before using creams. Can be used either in the AM and/or PM.
Shelf life: 2 years from production (unopened), 6 months PAO (period after opening)
Ingredients & Research
Madecassoside: One of the main biologically active components of the famous medicinal plant Centella Asiatica, also known as Gotu Kola or Cica. It has well-established wound healing, skin soothing and antioxidant activities.
Beta-Glucan: A supermolecule coming from Oat that has intensive skin-repairing and wound healing properties, while being a great skin soother and moisturizer, even showing some anti-aging benefits. It is a large polysaccharide (sugar) molecule, somewhat similar in structure to Hyaluronic Acid hence showing similar (or some claim even greater) skin hydrating properties. While the larger beta-glucan fractions stay on the top of the skin to hydrate & smooth it, the smaller fractions penetrate deeply (even into the dermis, the middle layer of the skin) showing promising anti-aging benefits.
Saccharide Isomerate: A skin-idententical carbohydrate molecule that binds to the skin like magnet and keeps the skin hydrated longer than most other humectants.
full inci list:
Aqua (Water), Methyl Gluceth-20, Saccharide Isomerate, Glycerin, Madecassoside, Beta-Glucan, 1,2-Hexanediol, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, Volume 27 (5) – Oct 1, 2005, Anti‐Wrinkle Therapy: Significant New Findings in the Non‐Invasive Cosmetic Treatment of Skin Wrinkles with Beta‐Glucan
Phytotherapy Research, , Volume 28 (2) – Oct 1, 2005, Skin Health Promotion Effects of Natural Beta‐Glucan Derived from Cereals and Microorganisms: A Review
Shen, Xueqing, et al. "Propionibacterium acnes related anti-inflammation and skin hydration activities of madecassoside, a pentacyclic triterpene saponin from Centella asiatica." Bioscience, biotechnology, and biochemistry 83.3 (2019): 561-568.
Liu, Mei, et al. "Madecassoside isolated from Centella asiatica herbs facilitates burn wound healing in mice." Planta medica 74.08 (2008): 809-815.
Haftek, Marek, et al. "Clinical, biometric and structural evaluation of the long‐term effects of a topical treatment with ascorbic acid and madecassoside in photoaged human skin." Experimental dermatology 17.11 (2008): 946-952.
Jung, Eunsun, et al. "Madecassoside inhibits melanin synthesis by blocking ultraviolet-induced inflammation." Molecules 18.12 (2013): 15724-15736.
This serum is absolutely fantastic at calming my skin and inflammation down. I recently had a cosmetic procedure and this serum was my go to to keep my skin calm. I use it every night without fail and especially since I use a lot of actives. It works wonders and hydrates thoroughly. I wish there was a 100ML bottle because I apply this liberally but here’s hoping one day!🙏🏻. Highly recommend if you’re looking for a calming serum. It’s become a staple for me and I always have a backup!!!
I can not stress enough about stress-less haha
It’s my holy grail.
Super effective against my redness and irritations. Hydrates the skin awesome and the texture is amazing.
Always a back up at home
Everyone regardless of skin type needs this and the cleanser in their routine. It hydrating and soothing with some antioxidant properties what more can you ask for. I have purchased many times. I use before the retinaldehyde serum and my skin is plump, dewy, less red and happy when I wake up in the morning. I have rosacea and sensitive skin
I’ve been using Stress Less almost daily for 2+ years on my dry, sensitive, middle aged skin and it’s deceptively wonderful. I often become complacent and believe it’s not necessary to use; it’s not really helping… WRONG! As soon as I stop, I revert back to my super-dry self, itchy and tight. Uncomfortable! This stuff really works to hydrate my hyaluronic acid intolerant skin like no other. There is a K-beauty serum product which is quite similar (beta glucan based and similar price point) but, Stress Less is far more effective for me. I just love it and buy 2 at a time. Please never discontinue production; I’ll remain loyal!
J’aime beaucoup ce sérum hydratant, je sens vraiment ma peau apaisée après son application (peau déshydratée) et j’aime beaucoup la texture !