Do you ever feel that your skin is dull and lacking in moisture?
Or maybe it has early signs of premature ageing.
Well, did you know your skin is super cool?
It has ingredients that keep it healthy and supple.
It even has its own moisturiser that regulates itself.
It’s a bit like a mini water maintenance provider system.
And its role is to keep your skin fabulously hydrated.
Your Natural Skin Moisturiser
Next to anti-ageing, keeping your skin naturally moisturised and hydrated is the holy grail of the skincare world.
For many years, cosmetic chemists have been convinced that there must be a chemical compound that the body uses to prevent skin from becoming dehydrated.
After much research, they found an unusual substance and named it the natural moisturising factor.
It Has the Following Functions
- To maintain the elasticity and flexibility of your skin.
- To replenish and protect your barrier function.
- To lock in moisture, preventing water from escaping between your skin cells.
- Ensure the enzymes keep your skin healthy and functioning correctly during natural exfoliation.
Your Skin and Filaggrin
Research has found that filaggrin is a vital component that helps regulate and keep our skin’s outer layer stable.
As keratinocyte cells mature, they move up to the surface of your skin; the skin component filaggrin appears to break down the protease enzymes.
This creates your natural moisturising factor, your skin’s mini hydration system, which regulates the water content and barrier repair function of your skin, keeping it healthy.
What Makes up Your NMF?
- amino acids
- sodium PCA
These hydrating ingredients keep your skin lovely and moist.
They attract and bind water from the atmosphere and draw it into your skin cells, which is essential for keeping your skin hydrated.
Without getting technical, these components form ionic interactions with keratin fibres, thus reducing the friction between the protein fibres and increasing your skin’s elasticity, which keeps your skin youthful and supple, preventing it from drying out and cracking.
Your natural skin moisturiser also corrects the balance of excess water, which can cause cells to shrink back, which are recognisable in the form of wrinkles; think about how your skin looks and feels when you have been in the bath for too long.
When your skin is exposed to low humidity or harsh environments, its water content reduces; this causes the natural oils and ceramides in your skin that protect against moisture loss to decline, setting off a vicious cycle and creating numerous skin conditions:
- imbalanced acid mantle
- impaired protective barrier
To Conclude. The naked truth
Once you understand the importance of your natural skin moisturiser, you begin to understand why it is important to incorporate well-formulated products that mimic your skin’s structure that work to keep it healthy and beautiful.
If you suffer from any of the above conditions, it helps you know what ingredients to look out for; these include:
- sodium PCA
- hyaluronic acid
- sodium Lactate
All these ingredients are hygroscopic and can draw water to your skin from the atmosphere, helping keep the skin tissues hydrated for longer.
Here at the Naked Chemist, our philosophy is about replenishing missing skin-identical ingredients. H20 pure hyaluronic complex contains urea, which is essential for your NMF, keeping it naturally moisturised.
Bio lipid complex is intelligently formulated to replenish missing lipids and repair your skin’s barrier function, keeping your skin balanced and healthy.
If you’d like to want to know more about dehydrated skin but don’t know where to start? Then our article the clear skin difference is the perfect platform to get you started.