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More about Ceramides

So, by applying topically, you can help to restore skin to its former glory. Here, we go through the ins and outs of ceramides and explain everything that’s worth knowing…

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What are ceramides? 

Ceramides are naturally occurring in the skin, and they take the form of lipids that are the main components of the epidermis’ protective lipid barrier. An analogy that’s often used to describe their way of working is to imagine that skin cells are bricks, and ceramides are the mortar that holds everything together, working to protect and prevent things like moisture loss and ensure that skin can remain protected and hydrated. However, daily life and general aging can cause ceramide levels to decrease over time, which can lead to a damaged skin barrier – leading to dry, irritated, and dehydrated skin. 

How do ceramides work in skincare? 

There are so many benefits to incorporating ceramides into your routine. First and foremost, ceramides play a vital part in maintaining the integrity of the skin’s barrier function, working to lock in moisture and prevent water loss from happening – which can lead to dry skin. Ceramides can be formulated in any type of texture, cream, serum or lotion. Indeed, according to a recent scientific publication, a routine that contains sunscreen and moisturizer formulated with ceramides protects against UV-induced skin barrier changes and could also provide additional benefits – including strengthening the skin barrier, improving overall skin quality and protecting it against chronic sun exposure. 

Can ceramides be used by all skin types? 

In short, absolutely. Because ceramides are naturally-occurring, it’s unlikely they will cause any adverse effects in any skin types – but they are most recommended for people with perpetually dry skin, or for anybody with a vested interest in general anti-ageing ingredients. The other great thing about ceramides is that they can be found in formulas that can be used up to twice a day to ensure you’re really reaping the full benefits.

Can ceramides be used with other skincare ingredients?  

Yes, ceramides can be integrated in formulations alongside other skincare ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, vitamin C or niacinamide.