Does Your Skincare Regime Need Electrolytes?

If there’s one thing we all know about skin, it’s that it needs to be well-hydrated. There is always a new skincare super ingredient claiming to boost your complexion’s moisture levels, and the current beauty buzzword is electrolytes. So, what are they all about?

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Electrolytes have long been important in helping the body to rehydrate, usually from the inside out. Sports drinks have long claimed to aid rehydration post-sport, and coconut water is an electrolyte-rich natural drink to help up your hydration levels (making it a good choice post-run, or if you’re hungover). But now electrolytes in skincare are making waves, helping to rehydrate skin from the outside in. But how do electrolytes in skincare work?

Does Your Skin Need Electrolytes?

Electrolytes in skincare products help in much the same way as they do in nutrition, not by actually doing the hydrating, but in aiding it. In skincare, electrolytes create an electrical charge when mixed with liquid, meaning that they can help with the delivery of your skincare products to get where they need to be.

What Are Electrolytes?

They are usually minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, or sodium, and in skincare terms, one of the new hero ingredients to look out for is proglutamic acid (PCA), which many beauty editors are touting as the new hyaluronic acid. So look out for ingredients such as sodium PCA on your skincare products.


TRY IT: Electrolyte Skincare

  1. Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial
  2. Paula’s Choice Water-Infusing Electrolyte Moisturizer
  3. Elemis Pro-collagen Energising Marine Cleanser
  4. Algenist Splash Absolute Hydration Replenishing Sleeping Pack
  5. Summer Fridays Super Amino Gel Cleanser

Eat Beautiful

Obviously, I always take a skin-first approach to beauty and I very much believe in beauty from the inside-out, so let’s have a quick reminder of how we can include more beauty-boosting electrolytes into our diets, too. As previously mentioned, coconut water is a great rehydrating drink, and foods including spinach, kale, avocados and almonds are great for boosting electrolyte function. Check out my book Eat Beautiful for plenty of fresh, healthy seasonal recipe ideas.

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