As people age, it’s natural and normal to experience drier skin, fine lines, increased wrinkles, and other signs of aging. Skin aging is a complex biological process that starts at a specific age influenced by internal (biological) and external factors.
Does that name ''Ceramides'' ring a bell? If not, now is the time to get acquainted because these natural lipids are crucial to maintaining healthy skin, and they are an essential part of your skin barrier!
Ceramides are found in many different cells throughout the human body but can be 100% vegan, too. The outermost layer of the skin is called the ''stratum corneum'' and serves as your skin's first line of defense composing of 50% ceramides, 25% cholesterol, 15% fatty acids, and 5% additional lipids.
Ceramides help bind together the surrounding structures of organic materials and promote optimal cell function. The main function of ceramides in the skin is to maintain a healthy and strong skin barrier; ceramides are essentially the cement between the bricks on a wall, creating a barricade to lock in water and moisture and prevent foreign microorganisms entering the body.
Ceramides aren't only critical for helping our skin retain water, but they also help repair the skin’s natural barrier and regulate our skin cells. If our skin’s ceramide, cholesterol, or free fatty acids deposit is running low, water can more easily evaporate to leave your skin dry. Also, a bit like anything, the natural aging process dwindles the production of ceramides, which may end in dry skin, wrinkles, and even some sorts of skin irritation.
Why do I need ceramides in my beauty products if my skin already contains them?
Age and sun damage decrease the effectiveness of your skin’s natural ceramides and can eventually deplete them, which weakens your skin’s barrier with time. The results are wrinkles, irritation, redness, and visible signs of dehydration. Adding Ceramides to your daily skincare routine plays a big role in restoring what’s been diminished significantly from them.
How will I know if my skincare product contains ceramides?
In General, you’ll see the word ceramide mentioned on the ingredients label list (ceramide AP, EOP, NG, NP, or NS), but not always. For example, Phytosphingosine and Sphingosine are ingredients known as Ceramide precursors, meaning they can nudge skin into making ceramides. But, given ceramides’ stellar anti-aging abilities, most brands will advertise them on their labels or product pages if they’re included in the formula.
Which other ingredients do ceramides work well with?
Ceramides are best when added to other skin-replenishing ingredients like fatty acids, glycerin, and cholesterol. But, because no single ingredient can do everything against the visible signs of aging, ensure your ceramide product also contains antioxidants and skin-restoring ingredients; for example, retinol, niacinamide, linoleic acid, and peptides.
Choosing BeautiPura® CERAMIDES Products
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