If you’re someone who keeps up with skin care trends, chances are you’ve probably heard of ceramides. Ceramides as an ingredient have seen an explosion in their popularity, and we’re not complaining. It is a true hero for thirsty skin or any skin type that is going through a period of extreme dullness and dryness. Among our powerful acid-filled beauty shelves, ceramides can feel like a breath of fresh air, helping your skin breathe better.
What are Ceramides?
“Ceramides are a form of fatty acids commonly known as lipids and form an important component of the epidermis, the outer layer of skin,” says Dr. Chytra V Anand, Distinguished Aesthetic Dermatologist at Kosmoderma Clinics & Founder Skin Q. Simply put, ceramides replenish your skin with healthy fatty acids that maintain the health and plumpness of your skin. Just like your body, your skin also needs these fatty acids to function optimally, helping to limit other skin concerns. If you didn’t know, ceramides are found naturally in the top layer of the skin. “50% of the epidermis is made of ceramides,” says Dr. Anand. In the absence of the ideal amount of ceramides, your skin barrier can weaken, resulting in your skin losing more moisture than usual. This in turn makes your skin dry, dull and prone to unwanted situations.
Why are ceramides important?
“Ceramides maintain the skin barrier function by forming a film on the surface of the skin. It’s part of the skin’s acidic layer that helps protect the skin from dehydration and dehydration. It is an important ingredient for preventing transepidermal water loss,” explains Dr. Anand. So no, you cannot take this particular component lightly and ignore it. If you find your skin is as dry as it is on a daily basis, the natural ceramides in your skin may be shrinking and you need to use synthetic forms. “As we age, the skin barrier weakens, leaving the skin vulnerable to dryness, dehydration, itching and sensitivity. By using moisturizers and moisturizers that contain ceramides, the skin barrier can be repaired and restored,” suggests Dr. Anand.
Benefits of ceramides
Strengthens and protects the skin barrier: “Ceramides form a barrier or film on the outer skin by coating the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of skin cells). This acts as a barrier against chemicals, harsh environmental conditions, etc,” says Dr. Anand. Ceramides are really food for your skin and reverse really dry and damaged skin.
Keep skin hydrated: Since ceramides can prevent water loss, moisture is retained in the skin, ensuring soft and hydrated skin.
Helps with skin problems related to inflammation: As explained earlier by Dr. Anand, ceramides prevent transepidermal water loss, thus assisting in the healing of rosacea, eczema and acne that can occur due to severe dryness of the skin.
Reduces signs of aging: Ceramides help maintain skin’s youthfulness, controlling the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. “A ceramide deficiency leads to accelerated signs of aging such as fine lines, increased pore size, slow wound healing, and hyperpigmentation,” says Dr. Anand.
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