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What are Electrolytes?

Electrolytes are essential minerals – magnesium, sodium, calcium and potassium – that contribute to many major key functions in our body. They help with fluid balance in the skin (water loss vs. water uptake by the skin) and improve retention of the skin’s hydration. Electrolytes also help to balance our skin’s pH level.

What are Saccharides?

Saccharides are sugars that are found naturally in our body, e.g. Hyaluronic Acid. Largely found in our skin and connective tissues, Hyaluronic Acid is great at attracting water, and binding it to itself. This also helps to retain water content in our skin and prevent moisture loss from our skin. 

Electrolytes vs. Saccharides: which is better?

While Electrolytes are a class of minerals, Saccharides is a type of sugar. As sugars, Saccharides (e.g. Hyaluronic Acid) is generally larger in molecular size, ranging from 20,000-20,000,000 Dalton (20kDA-20,000kDA) and when applied topically, they act as a humectant for the skin to prevent moisture loss. 

Electrolytes on the other hand, have very small molecular sizes (<500 Dalton) which readily penetrate and are quickly absorbed into the skin to provide hydration to your skin’s cells. When applied to the skin, Electrolytes provide intense hydration to attract and retain water effectively. When present in the skin, they also help to regulate pH and hydration levels.

Which should I use?

Unlike other products that just contain the popular moisturising agent Hyaluronic Acid, the new ést.lab ActivCalm Skin Quenching Serum offers both Electrolytes, Saccharides and more. This powerhouse serum supplements the skin with a complete cocktail of NMF (Natural Moisturising Factor) ingredients such as Amino Acids, Electrolytes, PCA (Pyroglutamic Acid) and Saccharides that mimics the skin’s naturally occurring moisturising molecules. This helps to maintain the skin’s integrity and boost its protective skin barrier function for a holistic and effective approach to lasting hydration. 

What can I pair it with?

Enhance the effectiveness of the serum by pairing it with the ActivCalm Anti-Stress Hydra Cream. This lightweight moisturiser nourishes the skin with Shea Butter and Sodium Hyaluronate to moisturise and reinforce the skin’s barrier function. It is also fortified with Vitamin E for antioxidants and Pumpkin Seed Extract for an increased soothing action. More than just that, the Anti-Stress Hydra Cream also contains Alteromonas Ferment Extract to defend against pollution by blocking out even nano particles as small as PM2.5 particulates.

Still clueless about how to go about resolving your dehydrated and/or dry skin issues? Drop by any of our outlets for a non-obligatory AI SkinTech analysis for an in-depth 1-on-1 skincare consultation to get the right product recommendations for your skin needs! 

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