If you think you already know all there is to know about skin hydration, think again. Whilst hyaluronic acid has held the beauty crown for years, there’s now a new moisture-boosting ingredient (or rather, a group of ingredients) in town: electrolytes.
Most commonly found in rehydrating sports drinks and coconut water, electrolytes in skincare act as a sort of redistribution system for moisture, ensuring every part of your face receives its fair share of hydration as well as helping other great ingredients to work even more effectively.
Basically, they’re cheerleaders for a healthy, glowing and youthful-looking complexion.
“Electrolytes work to balance the movement of water through layers of skin via special channels known as aquaporins,” explains Paula Begoun, founder of skincare brand Paula’s Choice, which has just launched a Water-Infusing Electrolyte Moisturizer, £32.
“Think of aquaporins as a microscopic irrigation system flowing through skin in order to maintain healthy, natural levels of hydration by moving the moisture in your skin to where it’s needed. Electrolytes stimulate aquaporins to work as they should.”
One key perk of electrolytes, says Begoun, is that they offer benefits for everyone. “They are completely non-irritating, so even those with extra-sensitive skin can use them, and they benefit all skin types, all ages, because of how these ingredients fundamentally help normalise skin’s hydration,” she says.
The Paula’s Choice Water-Infusing Electrolyte Moisturizer feels lightweight to the touch, with a cream-gel texture that absorbs easily, but still leaves skin feeling smooth and hydrated hours later. The formula features three key electrolytes – magnesium, calcium and potassium – alongside fatty acids derived from olives and an apple and super fruit complex.
But it’s not just hydration that electrolytes are capable of promoting. They also help to turbocharge the repair processes of the skin, maintaining its health and protecting it from damage.
Drunk Elephant’s latest launch, the F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial, £44, is all about repairing, renewing and restoring moisture, teaming its “4-electrolyte blend” with ceramides, niacinamide, squalane and antioxidants.
The creamy formula features tiny, vitamin-F-filled microcapsules, and leaves skin feeling plumper and more supple upon waking. Like all of the brand’s products, it’s cruelty-free, silicone-free and fragrance-free, and is designed to be layered or mixed for custom results.
And for a real wake-up call for your skin, look no further thanAlgenist’s Splash Absolute Hydration Replenishing Sleeping Pack, £44, which combines electrolytes, red microalgae, and alguronic acid to transform skin while you sleep.
Boosted hydration, with no downsides. What more could you ask?
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