Ceramides are lipids found on the upper layers of the skin. They make up more than 50% of the skin composition to form the natural skin barrier. A healthy skin barrier is vital to prevent moisture loss and protect the skin against environmental aggressors.
1. Restores skin barrier
Ceramide can help to restore and strengthen the skin barrier, which helps prevent trans-epidermal water loss, increases and maintains skin hydration while protecting against harmful elements.
2. Reduces visible signs of ageing
As we age, ceramide levels in skin decline, causing the uppermost layer of the skin to become thinner, which can make fine lines more noticeable. Incorporating ceramides into your skincare routine can help to moisturise skin and strengthen the skin barrier, thus minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and making skin feel healthier and plumper.
3. Improves skin hydration
When the skin barrier is compromised, the resulting lack of moisture leads to skin dryness, flakiness and fine lines. Ceramides can enhance skin’s moisture balance, increase hydration and help skin to retain moisture.
4. Soothes skin
In addition to increasing skin hydration, ceramides have anti-inflammatory properties to alleviate skin irritation and provide relief to skin sensitivity.
As ceramides occur naturally in skin, we know they are safe and beneficial for all skin types. Ceramides can be of particular benefit to anyone dealing with skin concerns that result in dehydration or are exacerbated by dryness. Ceramides can hydrate, protect and soothe sensitive, breakout-prone and oily skin types.
As a skin replenishing ingredient, ceramides can complement a wide array of active ingredients. Using ceramides in combination with powerhouse ingredients such as retinol, peptides and antioxidants can help to delay the signs of ageing. Pairing it with chemical exfoliants can increase the effectiveness of ceramides by exfoliating the top layer of the skin to allow better absorption while reducing signs of irritation from stronger active ingredients. Ceramides can also be combined with other replenishing and moisturising ingredients to brighten skin tone, improve skin texture and relieve signs of sensitivity.
Ceramides can be used up to twice a day or as needed to soothe skin.