Ceramides are long-chain fatty acids (fats or lipids) found in skin cells with many benefits for the skin. They make up 30 to 40 percent of the outer layer of the skin or epidermis. Moreover, Ceramides work as a barrier that helps to retain the moister on the skin and secondly, prevent bacteria or germs from entering the skin. They play a vital role in a defensive system against external pollution and toxins. Another function is to maintain cell function and brain development.
Types of Ceramides:
- Natural ceramides.
- Synthetic ceramides.
Natural ceramides, as the name shows, are natural and present on the outer layer of the skin with many benefits for the skin. However, Ceramides are not only present on human skin but also on animals and plants. (on the outer layer of the skin).
Synthetic ceramides are also known as pseudo-ceramides. We can also (call them ceramides for skin). They are manmade ceramides and they are free from containment and more stable than natural. Therefore, they are commonly used in personal care products.
What if our skin lacks Natural Ceramides?
If your skin ceramide content decreases (often happens due to different reasons), it dehydrates your skin and causes different skin problems like dryness and itching.
They are commonly used in personal care products. Ceramide moisturizer, creams, and toners. All help to maintain your ceramide levels on the skin. Ceramides act as a hydrating agent so they are very useful for personal care.
Sources of ceramide:
- Natural ceramides are found on the skin.
- Synthetic ceramides are found in skincare or personal care products.
- Some plants driven ceramides can also act as ceramides for skin (as they are chemically equal).
- Food that may contain ceramides are:
Products that contain ceramides:
Most products for personal care contain ceramides in them which are:
Benefits of ceramide for the skin:
Your skin has natural ceramides. However, ceramide levels decrease over time. Different factors are the reason for decreasing the level of ceramide on your skin. Even if you are getting older the level of ceramide will decrease accordingly.
You can hydrate your skin by using ceramide moisturizers, serums, toners, and cleansers. They will fulfill the required amount of ceramide on your skin and act as a barrier making your skin soft, smooth, and healthy.
Some common benefits of ceramide for the skin are:
- Improve the health of the skin.
- Help create a barrier (to prevent moisture from leaving your skin).
- Prevent dryness and irritation.
- Prevent redness
Maintaining the skin barrier:
The use of hard soaps, face wash, and the natural aging process can lead to ceramide loss in the skin. Decreasing the ceramide level compromises the outer layer, forming tiny cracks in your skin that cause dryness and redness, and make it easy for bacteria to enter your skin.
DERMAXIL Hydrating Moisturiser (will help to hydrate your skin and maintain the water level on your skin).
Ceramides lock in moisture and boost hydration. When skin dehydrates it creates small patches on the skin and it becomes rough which causes dryness.
Having no skin barrier will lead you to transepidermal epidermal water loss (TEWL). This refers to the water loss through the epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin). Due to water loss skin becomes dehydrated with some patches on the skin which increases the risk of skin problems i.e. irritation, dryness, and inflammatory conditions like acne and eczema.
Different creams and hydrating moisturizers are used to cure this issue. One of the best hydrating moisturizers being used by customers is:
DERMAXIL ULTRA Moisturiser with UV Protector (will act as a barrier for skin to maintain the ceramide level in your skin)
Regenerate aging skin:
One of the most effective benefits of ceramide for the skin is to act as a regenerator for aging skin. As we get older our skin changes its structure. The change in structure also causes the skin barrier to lose its productivity, leading to thinner skin and visible signs of aging (wrinkles and lines) on the skin.
Ceramide creams act as a skin barrier to regenerate aging skin. Its skin hydration property helps with slowing down the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
OxiDo-Q – Coenzyme Q10 SERUM (helps to reduce wrinkles and acts as anti-aging cream).
Protect against UV damage:
The most common benefit of ceramide for the skin is to protect the exposed skin against UV damage. Furthermore, when the skin is exposed for a long time to UV rays, it causes 90% of skin issues such as fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentary changes.
A study shows that ceramide moisturizers and sunscreens can play a useful role against UV damage to the skin. DERMAXiL ULTRA Moisturiser with UV Protector contains a UV protector with moisturizer which makes this moisturizer useful against UV damage.
- Using products that contain ceramide is beneficial for your skin.
- It’s important to choose the right product according to your skin.
- There are many benefits of ceramides for the skin but it’s important to talk to your dermatologist to learn about which one will suit your skin.