What are ceramides?

There’s been quite a bit of talk about needing ceramides for your skin lately, but what are they exactly?

Ceramides make up over 50% of our skin’s composition in the form of lipids (fats). They are concentrated in the uppermost layers of skin–epidermis layer–and their roles are crucial for your skin’s health. Think of ceramides as the glue of your skin. This glue acts as a protective layer that holds our skin cells together.  Ceramides help limit moisture loss and protect against pollutants in our environment.

Ceramides have also been shown to effectively treat  childhood atopic dermatitis issues. Ceramides are naturally occurring and can be found in many food sources, especially in plants called Phytoceramides.   

Because ceramides are in the uppermost layer of your skin, they are also the most susceptible to our surrounding environments. Sun damages, environmental pollutants, and aging all reduce the effectiveness and amount of ceramides in your skin.

So how can you tell if your skin needs ceramides? Look for the signs. Envision a piece of paper that is held together by glue.  If the glue melts away you’ll see  dry, flaky pieces of paper. The same concept can be seen in your skin, without ceramides you might see dehydration, roughness, wrinkles, irritations, redness, and dryness.

But, don’t fear, Because ceramides are concentrated in the uppermost layers of skin–epidermis layer– applying skin care creams, lotions and serums that contain ceramides can be used effectively.  The ceramides are absorbed through the skin.

Check the ingredient list on your favorite lotion, cream or serum, does it contain ceramides?  If not, you can easily find one that does.  Remember, ceramides make up over 50% of our skin’s composition in the form of lipids (fats), and are an important factor in the health of your skin.

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