In recent months, we’ve all seen one term floating around the internet – ceramides. All our favourite beauty gurus seem to love moisturisers and skincare with ceramides. And while this thing is going viral every day, what exactly is ‘ceramides’? Let us break it down for you and explain everything in detail.
What are ceramides?
Ceramides are fats, also known as lipids that are naturally present in our skin cells. They’re found in high concentrations in the outermost layer of the skin. They make up over 30-40% of your epidermis aka the top layer of the skin makes up over 50% of the skin’s composition. Ceramides play a huge role in protecting our skin from dryness, dehydration and determine how our skin would react to environmental factors. With age or numerous factors, the amount of ceramide in your skin might deplete.
Think of it like collagen or hyaluronic acid in your skin. They both are essential and have undeniable benefits for your skin. And similarly, ceramides have countless benefits for your skin.
There are two types of ceramides – natural ceramides and synthetic ceramides. Natural ceramides are what is found in our skin cells. They can also be found in the skin cells of animals such as cows and plants like soy. The latter are ceramides that are man-made. These are also known as ‘pseudoceramides’ and these are more stable compared to natural ceramides. Synthetic ceramide is used in skincare and makeup for topical application.
Why do we need external ceramides?
Ceramides play a vital role in maintaining and improving your skin’s health. They maintain the skin’s immunity and prevent it from any potential damage by acting as a shield on the top layer. They also ensure there is elasticity in the skin to fend off wrinkles, fine lines and any uneasy tightness on the skin. Ceramides also protect your skin from any allergens or irritants by battling them off on the top layer itself. Additionally, ceramides relieve troubles caused by severely dry skin by repairing the skin’s barrier, locking in moisture and keeping the skin soft.
Overall, including serums or moisturisers with ceramides is beneficial for every skin type. Look for moisturisers that are deeply nourishing with barrier repairing abilities such as the Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance Face Moisturiser. Enriched with bio replenish complex, this moisturiser supports barrier recovery and promotes softness in the skin. It’s also loaded with green algae extract which is chockful of microbiome properties. It gets rid of any bad bacteria on the skin to keep your skin healthy.