Ceramides

Guaranteed that you’ve heard of ceramides if you’re a huge fan of skin care ingredients. I’m going to tell you everything that I know about them and why they’ve become all the rage in the skin care industry over the past few months. Honestly, I’d go as far as saying that this is one of the hottest or most talked about ingredients on the market today. It’s what most would consider a new or so-called buzz ingredient. This word will certainly be one of the many buzz words that you hear us talking about for years to come. I’m going to do my best to explain what it is that these do and why.

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Credit: Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream (Containing Ceramides)

What Are Ceramides?

After doing extensive research on the ingredient, we quickly became familiar with almost everything there is to know about them. For starters, ceramides are basically natural lipids that your skin produces. They are crucial components of your epidermis.

One thing you need to understand is that having depleted ceramide levels can hurt your skin. As previously stated, ceramides can be naturally found in your skin. It can often help your skin retain it’s moisture when your levels are normal or high. However, when they are low, it’s much more difficult to retain moisture.

They can also help keep your healthy cells together which often results in smoother and healthier looking skin.

As we get older aging becomes inevitable and with that often comes a drop in ceramide levels. For example, some people have had their levels drop by more than 40% after hitting the age of 30. What also happens is that your cholesterol levels within your epidermis layers begin to decline as well. That’s more reason to replenish them with ceramides.

The good news is that there are products out there that contain them and they actually work. In fact, adding them to your routine can help rejuvenate and restore your skin’s barrier. You may unknowingly already be using a product that contains ceramides. If you are and you want to incorporate a new ceramide based product into the mix, then go right ahead. The beauty about this product is that you can’t really overuse them like you do with products containing retinol and prescription-strength creams.

Best practice is to begin using products with ceramides as early as possible. Don’t wait until you’re 30 or even worse, 60 years old or you’ll be sorry.

Ceramide and Issues

If you’re having issues with eczema or psoriasis, then you might want to look into getting your ceramide levels checked. It’s been proven that people suffering from eczema often have fewer ceramides in the stratum corneum also known as the upper layer of the epidermis.

If your plan is to go for a moisturizer containing ceramide, then you need what to look for. Be on the lookout for products that contain free fatty acids, ceramides, and cholesterols. You need the proper ratio of each ingredient to get the most benefit out of the product. What I failed to mention was that there are many different types of ceramides in your stratum corneum and they are categorized by ceramide 1 through 9. Read the product packages carefully to identify what they contain specifically.

Fun Facts

Here are some simple, yet fun facts that you might want to know before using a product containing this ingredient.

The first thing you’ll want to understand is that your skin happens to lose is smoothness and most of its moisture due to losing ceramide molecules.

Loss of these molecules makes the permeable to moisture, which isn’t a good thing. That typically leaves your skin rough and very dry which can ultimately lead to more wrinkles.

Did you know that ceramide can be replaced through supplementing and it wasn’t until recently that this was the case? It’s the honest to god truth! Aren’t you happy that supplementing is possible today? I bet you are and so are we!

How To Find Products

Finding products that contain this ingredient is rather simple. All you need to do is open up an Internet browser on your mobile phone or computer and type in the words, “skin care products containing ceramides.” Chances are, you’ll come up with a laundry list of products that contain this ingredient.

I won’t leave you hanging with no options like that. If you want, take a close look at the Ceramidin Cream by Dr. Jart. This cream costs $21.00 and it can be purchased at Sephora. The product itself provides moisture in a time-released manner.

If you have used any products that contain ceramide, then please let us know what your experience was like. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the ingredient and specific skin care products that you’ve used.

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