If skincare was a subject taught at school, ceramides should be up there with the topics that are taught first.

About Ceramides

 Not just because they are a relatively basic yet extremely hardworking ingredient, but also because – like hyaluronic acid – they naturally occur in the skin. But, like all the good stuff, they deplete as we age and can cause a change in skin texture, appearance, and feeling.

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… 

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

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