MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is a nutrient that you have consumed in many of the most well-known superfoods. That's because it is an organic sulfur compound that is found in many of the health and nutritionally synergistic foods that we eat such as broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts which give off a distinct odor when cooked.
It can also be found in some meat and dairy products. Minimal processing and heating of these foods keep the highest level of MSM intact for maximum nutritional benefit since it is destroyed in foods where over-processing occurs.
The supplement form of MSM is a white, odorless powder and is most well known for its use as a natural arthritis remedy since it helps to soften the joint tissue and restore flexibility. This is one of the primary reasons MSM is so effective as a topical skincare ingredient, among other properties it possesses. It is water-soluble as a supplement, so it will not build to toxic levels as your body just uses what is needed and flushes the rest out.
MSM softens and smoothes the skin
MSM has a softening, deeply penetrating effect on the skin when applied topically. It has the unique ability to penetrate deep into skin layers, therefore, is deeply hydrating and smoothing for long periods of time. This is one of the best ingredients to look for if you have dry or mature skin that has lost its elasticity.
The sulfur compound also has an anti-inflammatory effect which may be useful for inflammatory skin conditions. It also may help smooth and soften acne scars and hasten the healing of existing lesions.
MSM helps prepare the skin for deep absorption of the moisturizer to the skin with a plumping effect.
MSM helps diminish hyper-pigmentation, age spots, and even skin tone
MSM can help reduce hyper-pigmentation issues such as melasma, acne scars, age spots, freckles, and sun damage, It has a brightening effect on the skin overall when applied topically, and over time may also help reduce uneven skin tone and help correct areas of darker pigmentation as well.