Your skin is the most amazing organ; not only does it protect you from pollutants and germs, but also permits just sufficient water to enter the body when bathing.
The cells in the outside layer, corneum, are biologically dead but biochemically very effective.They contain interactive elements that keeps the skin hydrated, smooth, and healthy. These elements include amino acids, peptides, and minerals which are collectively called the Natural Moisture Factor (NMF).
What does the NATURAL MOISTURE FACTOR (NMF) do?
The NMF ensures:
• Skin retains its suppleness
• appropriate stratum corneum hydration
• Enabling of enzymes for dead skin cells
• Homeostasis-self-regulating process by which biological systems maintain stability while adjusting to changing external conditions
The NMF works as a strong humectant to attract and bind hydration to cells.When you workout for hours together a lot of water and electrolytes are lost as a consequence of thermoregulatory sweating. This inturn compromises NMF,which can lead to skin infections such as dermatitis,eczema etc.
How can electrolytes help to keep your skin's moisture factor healthy?
Electrolytes are minerals that conduct electricity when combined with water and many of your cells regulate electricity. Once they are hydrated, they activate a chain of reactions enabling cells to perform more effectively to develop energy and control PH levels. The minerals dissolve in the body’s fluids to promote a healthy fluid equilibrium, and transfer nutrients into cells while also reducing toxic waste.Blood vessels support your skin with electrolytes from the nutrition you eat and the liquid you drink. Bad levels of potassium and sodium will make our skin vulnerable to dryness and dehydration. Calcium and potassium improve a strong epidermal barrier, to improve cell rejuvenation and enhance the fatty acid content of the skin. In short, consuming appropiate amount of electrolytes help maintain homeostasis and manage trans-epidermal water loss that are key to healthy glowing skin.