Often found in sports drinks and known for replenishing the hydration of athletes, electrolytes are minerals that conduct electricity when they’re mixed with water; the most common being Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and Sodium.
Electrolytes enable cells to generate energy and they also regulate water levels in the body. If the electrolytes are replenished quickly, the cells become unable to function.
Drinking more water is the age-old ritual echoed by beauty experts around the world for the secret to hydrated, glowing skin. We all know that drinking water keeps your body hydrated but if that level of hydration drops even slightly below optimum levels (as in, you forget to drink those 2-3 litres of water a day) – or you experience trans-epidermal water loss through drying air conditioning or heating, your skin will suffer.
This is exactly where electrolyte skincare can trump the humble moisturiser. Here’s everything you need to know about the skincare trend, how it can benefit your skin and the products that will help you get the glow.
What are electrolytes?
So how are they infiltrating the beauty industry?
The beauty world is the latest industry to jump on the buzz of electrolytes with electrolyte-infused skincare just around the corner. The average person loses between 2-3 litres of water a day through sweat, urine and breathing out water vapour (this is natural – don’t worry!) and those who sweat a lot or workout daily lose even more than that. Unless the mineral levels are topped up, it can leave you and your skin pretty dehydrated.
For real hydration, it’s not only important to take in more water, but electrolytes, too. Water alone contains only tiny amounts of the minerals needed in order to fully hydrate, which is why electrolyte-infused skincare is ideal for those who experience dehydrated skin, no matter how much water they drink.
These groundbreaking products will directly penetrate the problem area to bring a deeper level of hydration to the skin.
Here’s GLAMOUR’s roundup of the best electrolyte-packed skincare…