Ceramides: What, Why & How.

Ceramides: The What, Why & How.

By Caitlin Traynor

Ceramides are a key player when it comes to the wellbeing of your skin barrier. As a moisture barrier powerhouse, the correct use of ceramide-enhanced products will result in smoother and more supple skin. Understanding new products before incorporating them into your routine is crucial, so we’ve broken the must-know on ceramides.

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Ceramides are a key player when it comes to the wellbeing of your skin barrier. As a moisture barrier powerhouse, the correct use of ceramide-enhanced products will result in smoother and more supple skin. Understanding new products before incorporating them into your routine is crucial, so we’ve broken the must-know on ceramides.

 

What ARE CERAMIDES?

Ceramides are a type of lipid (think: fat molecules) found at the outer layers of our skin that are naturally produced to help strengthen the lipid barrier and improve hydration. As an important component of our skin’s barrier layer, ceramides are one of the first line of defence against environmental aggressors such as pollution and dry air. A healthy level of ceramides in the skin limits the amount of moisture loss, resulting in smoother and firmer skin, reduced fine lines and less irritation. Epidermal Water loss or moisture loss is when water passes from inside the body and through the epidermis to the surrounding atmosphere via diffusion and evaporation.

Why do we need it?

Ceramides affect the way our skin looks and feels. When the skin lacks ceramides, this can create dryness or irritation and low ceramide levels can also contribute to conditions such as eczema. To combat dry or irritated skin, ceramides are crucial to replenish. A well-formulated ceramide product can help restore the skin barrier, hydration levels, elasticity and can even be calming for skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.

 

 

HOW TO MAKE IT EFFECTIVE?

As ceramides are considered a ‘skin-identical’ ingredient – an ingredient that can be mimicked by the natural production of the skin, it is safe to use on all skin types without having to worry about reactivity. Ceramides are also very stable and can easily be combined with other skincare products. Niacinamide, retinol and peptides are great antioxidants that can work to maintaining a radiant complexion when combined with ceramides.

WHEN starting out

Luckily, ceramides have become an increasingly popular ingredient so replenishing the skin is easier than ever. For best results, check to see if your day cream, night cream and eye cream all contain ceramides to ensure that your skin barrier is always being protected and nourished.

 

WHEN APPLYING ...

Ceramides are commonly found in products such as moisturisers and lotions. As such, your ceramide-enhanced product would go after the application of serums, to lock all the previous products into the skin.