The importance of electrolytes, and how they relate to skin care, has been buzzing lately. Usually associated with sport rehydration drinks, these essential minerals are also emerging as an important skin care ingredient that helps to rehydrate the skin. Important factors to consider are the source of these electrolytes and how they work together. Ingredients such as sustainably harvested seaweed contain essential electrolyte minerals such as calcium, potassium, phosphorus and magnesium, as well as a multitude of beneficial elements which, according to scientists, work together to help maintain skin’s optimal function.
As we emerge from the pandemic, and the ensuing results of lockdowns and inactivity, everyone is looking for ways to both invigorate their bodies and skin. Utilizing ingredients that are rich in electrolyte activity such as seaweed, is a perfect way of energizing and updating spa menus for the summer. Here, we will look at the role electrolytes play in the skin and how ingredients such as seaweed can benefit a professional and at-home skin care regimen.
Electrolytes in the Body
Electrolytes such as sodium, calcium, potassium, chloride, phosphate and magnesium are electrically charged minerals found in the body, including blood, urine and tissues such as the skin.1 They are essential for a number of bodily functions. Many processes need the small electric current they provide to function properly, such as nerves, muscles and tissues.
Electrolytes also interact with each other, and it is in this balance that healthy bodily function is created.2 These include balancing the amount of water in your body, the body’s pH level, moving nutrients into cells, getting waste out, as well as maintaining proper function of major organs such as the heart, brain, nerves and muscles.
Lydia Sarfati is the CEO and founder, of Repêchage, with over 46 years of experience as a spa owner, consultant, and esthetician. She is also the president of CIDESCO Section U.S.A. and is the author of Success at Your Fingertips: How to Succeed in the Skin Care Business and The Repêchage Book of Skincare Science & Protocols.