Glucomannan

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Also-called-like-this: Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder
What-it-does: moisturizer/humectant

A polysaccharide (a big sugar molecule) coming from the Konjac plant. It has geat water-absorbing capacity and is one of the key ingredients in the plumping and smoothing active called Ultra Filling Spheres by BASF.

The magic filling spheres have two active parts: a kind of LMW hyaluronic acid  (<40 kDa) and the konjac root powder or glucomannan. The latter one is a big molecule (> 200 kDa) that has outstanding water-absorbing capacities.  These two combined form small spheres which after drying, are transformed into the active spheres.

Thanks to their high hygroscopic properties, the spheres can expand rapidly in the presence of the skin’s water reserve and they can  plump up the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.