As you know if you’re a regular reader, as well as looking at our individual products, we also sometimes like to turn the spotlight on the most important ingredients within those products. Today, it’s the turn of ceramides, and we’re here to teach you everything you need to know.
What are ceramides?
Ceramides are a type of fatty acid called lipids. They’re naturally found in skin cells and make up about half of the outer layer of skin. While ceramides are noted for their role in brain and nervous system development, they’ve gained a lot of interest in the world of skincare for their potential skin health benefits.
What do ceramides do?
Ceramides are essentially the glue that holds our skin cells together to keep our skin barrier intact and healthy. Ceramides are the major component of the skin’s surface. A healthy skin barrier helps seal in moisture and seal out harmful elements. They protect against moisture loss to keep skin youthful, supple and nourish the skin from within.
Why do we need ceramides in our skin care if it’s already in our skin?
Unfortunately, ceramide levels decline as we get older which means that the upper layers of our skin become noticeably thinner and we start to develop fine lines and wrinkles. Decreased ceramide levels are also associated with dry skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis. By replacing lost ceramides, your skin is able to replenish itself and retain better levels of moisture for a firmer, smoother appearance.
What products contain ceramides?
This is a water-charging hydration booster designed to work in harmony with the skin, to prevent the ageing effects of dehydration.
SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 is a cream that refills cellular lipids, nourishes dry skin and improves the skin smoothness and overall radiance.
Medik8’s Advanced Night Restore is an advanced antioxidant night cream that works while you sleep to restore and deeply hydrate skin.
This product is a powerful corrective mask with highly concentrated Retinol to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Dermalogica UltraCalming™ Serum Concentrate is a star product in the system, this silky, super concentrated serum helps treat, correct and defend skin against inflammation and redness.