Ceramide: The must have Fats for your skin
When someone says Fats required in skincare. You are probably wondering why and what is it? It is also probably not at the top of your ‘must have’ list in your skincare routine. But according to expert it is one of the main powerhouse ingredients in boosting your skin’s appearance.
Skin fats otherwise known as Ceramides are a form of lipids or fat molecules that helps maintain your skin’s barrier. Our skin has a protective layer – a barrier close to the top layer of the skin that keeps moisture and nutrients in and keeps out pollution and other irritants that are harmful to your skin. So, to give you an example if the skin cells are the bricks then ceramides are the mortar that keeps those cells together or the fat that holds the bricks.
These fat molecules or ceramides are naturally found within our skin. But as we grow older, they start to thin out which could lead to dull skin that is prone to damage caused by a weakened barrier. Ceramides play a crucial role in maintaining healthy skin by holding the skin cells together to form a protective layer. This layer holds on to hydration and protects your skin from other environmental factors keeping it plump, hydrated and vibrant.
Did you know that ceramides make by 50% of our skin’s composition? So, you can imagine how important it is. In fact, as per some skin experts’ ceramides are more important than other more well-known ingredients like retinol, niacinamide, vitamin C & peptides.
So, what exactly are ceramide?
Ceramides are found naturally in our body; the highest concentration is in the uppermost layer of our skin (called the stratum corneum). They are mainly part of the skin’s protective barrier so boosting them will ensure more supple and plumper looking skin that it less susceptible to damage from external factors.
In fact, in one Japanese study it was found that by ingesting 200mg of orally digested ceramides, derived from wheat, completely restored hydration by 95%.
HOW TO INCREASE CERAMIDES IN YOUR SKIN
You might be wondering if by applying skincare products with Ceramides it will help replenish your skin’s barrier, well there are several studies to help prove this to be true.
Ceramides when applied everyday work well, especially if it is blended in formulas with ingredients like glycerin, cholesterol and fatty acids.
There are 9 different types of ceramides, so if you find the word ‘Ceramide’ in the ingredient list at the back of the pack, then consider this ingredient to be a part of the product you are using.
CERAMIDE PRODUCTS FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE
FOR NORMAL SKIN
Inkey List Ceramide Night Treatment
It is ideal for maintaining your skin’s barrier and protecting against environmental aggregators. This powerful treatment works as an overnight mask to hydrate your skin while ensuring that your skin is nourished and plumper looking when you wake up in the morning. It offers an amazing hydration combination containing 3% multi ceramide complex and 2.5% multi molecular hyaluronic acid. It also contains humectants such as bytylene glycol and glycerin, as well as amino acids and anti-acne ingredients like physosphinogosine. It also includes sodium lactate which helps regulate the ph levels of the skin, a much needed action when your skin’s barrier is compromised. Also did I mention that the product is paraben free, sulfate free, alcohol free and silicone free. Click here to buy.
Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore
Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 is a pricey cream that contains the golden ratio to help restore the skin’s external barrier 2% pure ceramides 1&3, 4% natural cholesterol and 2% fatty acids which has proven to correct the signs of aging and give your plumper looking skin. Click here to buy.
FOR OILY SKIN
Great Barrier Relief Ceramide Serum
A creamy, nourishing serum that calms signs of sensitivity and evens out skin without the greasy after feeling. A blend of conditioning oils that fight irritation, discoloration and breakouts caused by a damaged skin barrier. Skin looks clear, feels calm, and probably sounds amazing. Click here to buy.
Farmacy Honey Halo
An intense moisturizer that replenishes dry, distressed skin with lasting hydration to give you visibly plumper looking skin and improve the look of fine lines. With potent plant-based ceramides, antioxidant-rich buckwheat honey, and sweet fig, this moisturizer provides hydration and helps protect the skin‘s moisture barrier for a smooth, dewy, and healthy-looking glow. Click here to buy.
FOR DRY SKIN
Stratia Liquid Gold
The brand describes it as a lightweight but powerful moisturizer that moisturizes, heals and strengthens your skin. It contains ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids which are all really good ingredients to help your skin’s barrier. So this product is extremely nourishing and gives your skin the necessary ammunition to protect it against external factors, it works wonders for dry skin people. It has a good amount of oil content so if you are an oily skin person then you might not need a moisturizer after using this. Click here to buy.
Sunday Riley ICE Ceramide Moisturizing Cream
This intensive moisturizer is pricey but it gives you endless hydration and fortify your skin against environmental aggressors. It is enriched with ceramides, Vitamin F, Coconut, Beetroot Extract, Red Algae extract & Pomegranate Sterols. The texture is luxurious and certainly very moisturizing. Click here to buy.
Beauty Pie Triple Acid & Peptide Serum
This serum has a whole lot of effective ingredients that includes ceramides, hydrating hyaluronic acid, polysaccharides and firming peptides. It is an elixir for plumper and more vibrant looking skin. If you have dry skin then apply a moisturizer over this. Click here to buy.
Paula’s Choice Ceramide Enriched Firming Moisturiser
Another amazing product from one of my favorite brand’s Paula’s Choice. This star product comes with its fair share of star ingredients – Vitamin C, Retinol and Ceramides all team up to give you a strengthened barrier with long lasting hydration and skin firming benefits. Click here to buy.
Dr.Jart+ Ceramidin Cream
Deeply moisturizing ceramidin cream supercharged with 5-Cera Complex to strengthen the skin barrier and shield from water and moisture loss. Dr. Jart’s proprietary 5-Cera Complex (Ceramides) provides long-lasting moisture and improves the condition of an irritated skin barrier in extreme climates. For normal, dry and very dry skin experiencing dryness, itchiness, roughness and discomfort. Click here to buy.
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