The Complete Guide to Skincare: Ceramides



What are ceramides?


Ceramides are fats which naturally found in top layer of the skin. This section of the skin has a similar structure to that of bricks and cement. The skin cells are the ‘bricks’ which are ‘glued’ together by a combination of ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids.


Who should be using ceramides?


Those with dry, sensitive or ageing skin. Also beneficial for skin conditions which are characterised by dry skin, e.g. psoriasis and eczema.

As we age our body starts producing less and less ceramides which compromises the protective barrier it forms on the skin.

Dry and sensitive skin will benefit as ceramides improve skin health. They make skin less reactive to outside factors.


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What do ceramides do?


Creates protective barrier

Ceramides bind skin cells together to create a waterproof barrier which protects against damaging external factors. This barrier will also prevent moisture being lost, therefore it will fight dryness and keep the skin hydrated.


Prevents against premature ageing

Our bodies production of ceramides naturally decrease as we get older, especially from age 30 onwards. This makes us more vulnerable to environmental factors and irritants that contribute to premature ageing of the skin.

A lack of ceramides will also make the skin lose moisture and become dehydrated. As a result, we will be more prone to fine lines and wrinkles.


Improves skin health for sensitive skin

The ceramides that are put into skincare products are almost identical to those produced naturally by the skin, and therefore they rarely cause irritation in sensitive skin types. The reparative effect of the ceramides will also work to make skin less sensitive to other irritating products.


How should I use ceramides?


Ceramides can be put into almost any product – however it is advisable to not bother with ceramides in cleansers, as these are not on your face long enough to make a difference.

You can use ceramides at any time of day and as often as you wish as they are not harsh on the skin.

Ceramides are most effective when they are combined with cholesterol and fatty acids to match the skins natural barrier.


Product recommendations


CeraVe Moisturising Lotion – £10.57

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream – £10

Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum (30 capsules) – £39

Mario Badescu AHA & Ceramide Moisturizer – £19

The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA – £4.90


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