What are Ceramides and why your skin needs them

Ceramides are one of the anti-aging ingredients. These substances have been used for a long time, but for some reason they are rarely remembered. In this post, we write about the benefits of ceramides and why your skin needs them.

What are the ceramides?

Ceramides are called lipids, that is, fats contained in the upper layers of the skin in high concentrations. They occupy more than 50 percent of the skin, which is why they play such an important role for the skin.

What function do ceramides perform?

By keeping the skin cells in a single ligament, ceramides help to form a barrier that prevents the loss of moisture from the skin and provides protection from various negative environmental factors. Ceramides also protect cells from premature aging and are much more effective when compared with such well-known substances as peptides, retinol or niacinamide.

Why add ceramides to your cosmetics?

Is it necessary to include ceramides in the cosmetics, if they are already present in the skin? The fact is that an exposure to ultraviolet and age-related changes lead to a decrease in the effectiveness of natural ceramides, deplete their reserves - this leads to a weakening of the protective skin barrier. The result is dryness, the formation of wrinkles, irritation, redness, the skin becomes dehydrated. Including the ceramides help to prevent such issues and strengthen the protective layer. The texture of the skin becomes more elastic and smoother with the use of ceramides in the cosmetics.

How to understand if cosmetics contain the ceramides?

Usually in the list of ingredients there is a word indicating the presence of ceramides. It may look like this: ceramide NG, NP, AP, NS, EOP. Although sometimes such a wording may absent, since some auxiliary elements also contribute to the production of the ceramides by the skin.

Most of the anti-aging ingredients that provide maximum benefits to the skin are not stable: under the influence of air and light, such substances lose their effectiveness. This happens when you open a jar of a cosmetic product. Therefore, it is better to choose cosmetics in tubes, capsules or bottles equipped with dispensers or pumps.

Since ceramides are the natural part of the skin, they can be used for all types of skin. In the absence of fragrances and other irritants, they are suitable even for the skin around eyes.

The maximum effectiveness is in the formula where, in addition to ceramides, also included fatty acids, glycerine. Such lipid mixtures are an ideal combination to improve the quality of the skin and correct minor imperfections.

When choosing cosmetics, remember: any ingredient taken alone is not able to cope with all the obvious signs of aging. Therefore, give preference to products not only enriched with ceramides, but also containing antioxidants, peptides, retinol, niacinamide and linoleic acid. With such a rich composition, the cosmetics will work in a complex way and will give a desirable result.

21 Mar 2021
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