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Natural Moisturizing Factor: What you need to know

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Natural Moisturizer Factor is a necessary function of healthy skin, but most people have never heard of it. Want a hydrated, youthful complexion? You need to protect your Natural Moisturizing Factor to maintain a healthy glow. Keep reading to learn what Natural Moisturizing Factor is, why you need it and how to protect your skin.

 

What is Natural Moisturizing Factor?

Natural Moisturizer Factor, or NMF, is a naturally occurring human function that maintains, protects and enhances healthy skin function.


“The inner layers of the skin contain amino acids and other hygroscopic chemicals that act as water binders – maintaining moisture within the skin’s layers. The NMF is responsible for keeping the skin internally hydrated.” –Teresa Stenzel, Bioelements Director of Education


Basically, if you want hydrated, youthful, and plump skin, you need to protect your skin’s Natural Moisturizer Factor.

 

How to protect NMF

As we age, it becomes more and more difficult for the skin to hold onto its NMF and keep it in balance. Without proper internal skin hydration, the skin becomes more vulnerable to attack from extrinsic or outside environmental attacks. It loses its elasticity and firmness, leading to an aged complexion. Plus, sensitivity increases when the Natural Moisturizer Factor is out of balance.

It’s crucial to protect your skin’s Natural Moisturizing Factor with the proper skin care:

1) Moisturizers

Moisturizers help hydrate the skin from the outside and also moisturize and protect the deeper layers of the skin transdermally.

Most moisturizer formulas are generally created to work with a particular skin type and solve the problems associated with that skin type. The less oil (sebum) the skin produces naturally, the more vulnerable it is to trans epidermal water loss (TEWL). So moisturizers usually contain ingredients that attract and retain moisture within the skin. They act as an occlusive barrier to replenish moisture and then protect it once absorbed.

They often alleviate other problems associated with dehydration and loss of NMF such as lines/wrinkles, loss of firmness and skin irritation.

2) Toners

When most people think of toner, they think of outdated, alcohol-based formulas. These formulas of the past often caused dehydration, and even irritation or stinging. Unfortunately, this history has given toners a bad reputation.

However, professional, modern formulas like Equalizer, Power Peptide and Calmitude Hydrating Solution all help protect the layers of the skin, thus protecting the NMF. They also help rebalance your skin’s protective surface barrier, otherwise known as the Hydro Lipidic Barrier (HLB) to protect skin’s moisture levels.

3) Serums

A serum is a specialized formula that is designed to be worn with moisturizer or other formulas. Depending on the serum, they can be specifically designed to treat one skin concern or many.

Hyaluronic acid can help bind water to the skin and is a key ingredient in Moisture x10.  Other serums may contain skin softening ingredients such as Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone and Dimethicone Crosspolymer, and soothe/strengthen sensitized skin.

In fact, certain serums are designed specifically to target skin’s NMF – like Age Activist Clinical Youth Serum. This serum contains hygroscopic ingredients such as watermelon rind, lentil fruit + apple extract that  provide 24 hours of skin hydration and actually increase the skin’s NMF elements, reduce fine lines and increase membrane fluidity.

 

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