Every so often, the beauty community discovers something truly special and unites to rally their support behind it. Recently, ceramides have captured the imagination of skincare enthusiasts. But what is it, and what can it do for you? We break down the benefits of using ceramides below:
Introduction to Ceramides
Ceramides are waxy lipids that can be found in abundance between cell membranes, especially in the four layers of the epidermis. In layman’s terms, you can think of ceramides as a substance that holds skin cells together in the same way that mortar holds bricks together. They make up over 50% of the composition of the skin. They work by keeping the skin from drying out and becoming dehydrated and by protecting it from harsh environments.
We all have ceramides in abundance while we’re young, but those supplies begin to deplete as a result of aging and exposure to the sun, among others. Notably, the levels of ceramide in your body begin to drop alarmingly once you hit your 30th birthday, and only deteriorate further from there, which is why it’s important to replenish them.
Ceramides Can Do Wonders for the Moisture Barrier
The skin’s natural moisture barrier is its first line of defense against irritants, harsh environments, and pollution. Using ceramides can be especially beneficial to those whose skin barriers have been or are being compromised. The skin barrier can be damaged naturally through the process of aging and having a pre-existing condition such as rosacea. This can also happen to people who have damaged their moisture barrier and dried their skin out by using a harsh product or exfoliating a little too enthusiastically, for example.
Ceramides help protect your skin from infection from outside sources, as well as keep hydration and moisture in the skin from evaporating in the air. Try CosRX’s Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream for a powerful dose of ceramides derived from all-natural ingredients that can help rebuild and protect a damaged skin barrier. It can also replenish depleted moisture and provide deep hydration to keep your skin soft and moisturized.
Ceramides are an Effective Treatment for Eczema
Also known as dermatitis, eczema is a broad group of skin diseases that result in inflammation: they usually present as red, itchy patches or dry, sensitive, or even scaly, rough skin. Scientists have found that those suffering from eczema have fewer ceramides on the top layer of the epidermis, called the stratum corneum. Topical application of ceramide creams can go a long way in soothing irritating symptoms and improving the condition.
Ceramides Can Help Treat Parched Skin
Dry, dehydrated skin can be caused by any number of things, but correcting the condition is simple: just use ceramides. Ceramides are skin identical lipids that are easily absorbed into the skin, because we already naturally have it. Topping up and replenishing the ceramide levels in your skin can turn flaky, itchy skin soft and supple again. This is thanks to its ability to retain moisture and keep it from escaping once it’s bound to your skin.
Experts agree that using ceramides from as early as age 30 can help you keep back the clock a few years and combat signs of aging before they appear. When used in conjunction with other great ingredients like hyaluronic acid, they can provide intense hydration to skin that’s dying of thirst. Best of all, there’s no real need to limit your use of ceramides like how you have to stagger usage of certain acids and retinol. As our final word, always remember to patch test before incorporating any new products into your established skincare routine, and keep an eye on how your skin reacts.