Skin’s moisture barrier can easily be compromised by stressors like environmental aggressors, over-exfoliation, or the natural skin ageing process. Like a deflated balloon, skin then loses its bounce, vitality and natural lustre – becoming dull and amplifying imperfections. And if your skin is genetically sensitive, a weak barrier is a daily challenge. There are several different ingredients that can help support skin’s barrier function but learning more about ceramides is a great place to start. Ceramides are known for being an effective ingredient in skincare and they’re gaining popularity. Let’s delve into what they are and how they benefit skin.
What Are Ceramides?
Ceramides are lipids (fats) that naturally occur in the skin, comprising up to 50% of skin’s natural moisture barrier.
What do ceramides do?
In order to help restore skin’s barrier, we need skin care ingredients that can mimic its function. Ceramides are an excellent choice for this because they are long-chain fatty acids that work like building blocks to help support skin’s barrier. This gives them the ability to help keep irritants out and hydration in.
Why do I need ceramides in my routine?
As mentioned before, genetics, environmental factors, over-exfoliation, or natural skin ageing are stressors that can affect your skin’s natural ceramides (and can even deplete them over time). This results in drier, rougher skin, irritation, and visible signs of dehydration. Including ceramides in your skincare routine can help restore what has been lost, keeping skin healthy and protected.
Can Ceramides Help Dry And Sensitive Skin?
Yes, because they support barrier function. Combat dry or sensitive skin by adding ceramides in your routine with daily leave-on formulas to help replace and lock in hydration. Find the best moisturiser for your skin type to maximise hydration.
How do I know if my skin’s barrier is compromised?
Since a compromised barrier lets irritants in, you’ll notice signs that could include itchiness, dryness, and flaking. You may also notice your skin being more reactive to products.
What skin types can benefit from ceramides?
Ceramides benefit all skin types since they help replenish skin’s natural moisture and won’t increase breakouts or oiliness. However, ceramides are especially critical and beneficial for people who have chronically dry and/or sensitive skin.
Topical ceramides can help strengthen skin’s barrier – supporting skin hydration and guarding against irritation. The latest in ceramide technology not only replaces lost lipids in skin’s barrier but helps skin produce its own ceramides for longer lasting benefits. You’ll find this proprietary Ceramide-Building Complex in Stabilizing Repair Cream which helps stop sensitive skin within 1 week.**See a reduction in redness, irritation, and itchiness within 1 week. Independent clinical test, 31 subjects, 2 applications/day for 8 weeks.
Add a skin hydration and nourishment boost, add Hyaluronic Ceramide Mist. A long-lasting, hydrating Hyaluronic Acid and ceramide mist that helps to smooth fine lines and strengthen skin’s barrier.