How nice would it be if we just turned on the tap when the skin was dry and refilled it like a sponge? Unfortunately, it is not that simple: our skin regulates the moisture balance at the cellular level and is subject to various factors. A relevant component of hydration is a protective acid coat on the skin, the Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF). We take a closer look at the natural moisturizing factors and explain how you can positively influence the NMF with a men's moisturizer.
What is the Natural Moisturizing Factor?
The natural moisturizing factors are an acid coat on the skin, a kind of barrier on the epidermis. It keeps the moisture on your upper layer of skin from evaporating prematurely. The NMF regulate the moisture content of the skin by protecting it from dehydration and are important players in the fight against the unpleasant symptoms of dry skin - wrinkles, dark circles, weakened connective tissue and reduced elasticity.
The protective film of the NMF is a mixture of various hydrophilic, i.e. water-loving substances. They include:
- lactic acid
- various amino acids
- Urea or urea and ammonia
- Sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium (inorganic ions)
However, if the hydrophilic components are not sufficiently available, the skin loses moisture more quickly and dries out. This is the order of the day due to environmental factors such as dry heating air in winter, smog , long periods of sunshine, baths that are too hot or incorrect care products: they all reduce the performance of the protective acid layer.
So we are interested in how we keep our skin young and wrinkle-free. That's why we want to know how we can also positively influence the NMF as an anti-aging agent .
What factors influence the NMF?
NMF play a critical role in effective moisturizing. Because the more freely the moisture escapes from the skin, the less moisturizing cosmetic products bring. The best moisturizers for men therefore support the NMF and thus contribute to a young complexion.
To do this, they have to do two things:
- Moisturizers that support the NMF belong in the moisturizer. These are primarily the active ingredients hyaluronic acid and urea, but also what we call good alcohols such as panthenol or glycerin.
- Strengthening your own skin barrier is another function that a good NMF-supporting moisturizer should bring. This includes an occlusive cell protection on the skin that prevents the moisture from evaporating too quickly.
When formulating the Hydra Defense Cream, we take the NMF into account and have incorporated the active ingredients that help you with your own moisturizing care.
Support the NMF with the right face cream for men
When choosing the best moisturizer, you should first consider that most manufacturers of cosmetic products for men continue to use silicones and parabens . The fabrics only have a visually positive effect in the short term, but they damage your skin in the long term.
If you are unsure about the ingredients of your cream, a check at Codecheck is worthwhile. The site tells you whether your product contains substances of concern that you want to avoid. We can recommend our Hydra Defense Cream without hesitation, because it passed the Codecheck test.
Two substances are decisive for binding moisture with the Hydra Defense Cream : hyaluronic acid and urea . They store plenty of moisture on the skin and thus contribute to the first important function of a good moisturizer for men. The second function, namely the strengthening of the skin barrier, takes over a coordinated combination of different substances in the Hydra Defense Cream. This part consists of:
- Panthenol (this makes facial care also suitable for sensitive skin)
- valuable oils such as those from blueberry seeds and avocado
- Vitamins C and E.
- Trace elements (such as magnesium)
If you use the Hydra Defense Cream regularly, you make a significant contribution to moisturizing your skin - not only the moisture-binding substances urea and hyaluron contribute, but also the protective components for the acid coat.
Try it out: You can get the Hydra Defense Cream in our shop .
And one last tip, even if it does not directly support the NMF: Always drink plenty of water. #staysober