Do you ever feel that your skin is dull and lacking in moisture?
Or maybe visible signs of premature ageing are becoming more apparent?
Well, did you know, your skin is super cool? It actually has ingredients that keep it healthy.
It even has its very own moisturiser that regulates itself – like a mini water maintenance provider system, and its role is to keep your skin looking fabulously hydrated.
Your natural skin moisturiser
Next to anti-ageing, finding the mechanism whereby your skin remains naturally moisturised, is the holy grail of skincare science.
For many years, cosmetic chemists were convinced that there must be a chemical compound that the body used to prevent our skin from becoming dehydrated; finally, they found an unusual substance and dubbed it the natural moisturising factor.
It serves four 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.
- To ensure the enzymes keep your skin healthy, functioning correctly during natural exfoliation.
We need to look under our skin.
The research found that a substance filaggrin is an important component, which helps regulate and keep our epidermis stable.
As keratinocyte cells mature to the skin’s surface, the filaggrin appears to break down with protease enzymes, this creates the natural moisturising factor – your skins mini hydration system, which regulates the water content and barrier repair, which is ultimately what keeps your skin looking healthy.
What makes up our NMF
- amino acids
- sodium PCA
These are the components responsible for keeping your skin lovely and moist, attracting and binding water from the atmosphere and drawing it into your skins cells; think hydration, hydration, hydration, perfect for all you dehydrated skin sufferers out there.
Without getting too technical, these components form ionic interactions with keratin fibres, thus reducing the friction between the protein fibres, which increases the elasticity of your skin. It is this elasticity that makes your skin appear youthful and supple; it prevents your skin from drying out and cracking.
Your natural skin moisturiser also corrects the balance of excess water influx, which causes your skins 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, the water content of your skin reduces, when water gets depleted the natural oils and ceramides that protect against moisture loss decline, this sets off a vicious cycle, creating several skin conditions:
- imbalanced acid mantle
- impaired protective barrier
The Naked Chemist philosophy is all about replenishing skin-identical ingredients that are missing, H20 pure hyaluronic complex contains urea, which is critically important for your NMF, keeping it naturally moisturised. Bio lipid complex is intelligently formulated to replenish missing lipids and repair your skins barrier function, keeping your skin balanced and healthy.
Once you understand the importance of the natural skin moisturiser, you begin to understand, why it is so important, to incorporate well-formulated products that mimick your skin’s structure, that contain skin-identical ingredients, that is if you want to have healthy, beautiful skin.
If you do suffer from any of the above conditions, it helps you to know what ingredients to look out for.
All of these ingredients are hygroscopic and can draw water to your skin from the atmosphere, helping to keep the skin tissues hydrated for longer.
Want to know more about dehydrated skin but don’t quite know where to start? Then our article the clear skin difference is the perfect platform to get you started.