Skin hydration: a review on its molecular mechanisms.

@article{VerdierSvrain2007SkinHA,
  title={Skin hydration: a review on its molecular mechanisms.},
  author={Sylvie Verdier-S{\'e}vrain and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Bont{\'e}},
  journal={Journal of cosmetic dermatology},
  year={2007},
  volume={6 2},
  pages={75-82}
}
Water is absolutely essential for the normal functioning of the skin and especially its outer layer, the stratum corneum (SC). Loss of water from the skin must be carefully regulated, a function dependent on the complex nature of the SC. The retention of water in the SC is dependent on two major components: (1) the presence of natural hygroscopic agents within the corneocytes (collectively referred to as natural moisturizing factor) and (2) the SC intercellular lipids orderly arranged to form a… CONTINUE READING
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