What Are Ceramides and Why All the Hype?
We’ve hit yet another milestone at the splendr. HQ. WE’VE LAUNCHED DR. JART!!! (psst… we’ve got 20% off the range, what are you waiting for?!). The best is what we’re after, so of course, we had to stock the Cicapair and Ceramidin range. You’ve probably already guessed it, the hero ingredient for the Ceramidin range is CERAMIDES. Feeling confused about all the hype around ceramides? Don’t worry you’re not alone. We’ll break down what they are and how you will benefit from having them in your skincare
First things first,
What are Ceramides?
Before you spend your hard-earned cash on ceramide skincare products, you probably want to understand what ceramides are and how they function. Ceramide really is just a type of fat (lipid), 1 out of 9, that is found in the uppermost layers of skin and is naturally produced at high concentrations. In fact, they make up just about 50% of the skin’s composition. If we wanted to get a little more technical, ceramides are actually a part of a subgroup of lipids called sphingolipids. How you will know whether a product contains ceramide or not is as simple as seeing ceramide AP, EOP, NG, NO or NS in the ingredient list. Some products may contain phytosphingosine and sphingosine which are ceramide precursors that help stimulate ceramide production.
This analogy has been repeated so many times you’ll think it belongs in the bible, but it really is the best way to understand how ceramide functions. Imagine ceramides as the mortar holding the bricks together. The bricks represent our skin cells and the mortar acts as the intercellular lipids. Together with other lipids, ceramides have the role of holding skin cells together and act as a seal to stop all hydration/water from leaking out. Since it can limit moisture loss and protect against premature aging, ceramides – probably more than retinol, niacinamide and peptides – is one of the powerhouse ingredients to prevent damages against pollution, UV and other environmental stressors.
Why do we Need Ceramides in our Beauty Products if we Naturally Produce It?
The same reason why we need hyaluronic acid, collagen, peptides and other topical actives. Age and sun/environmental damages reduce the effectiveness and concentration of natural ceramides in our skin. This leads to a compromised and weaken skin barrier. Say hello to drier, rougher, irritated skin. This is where skincare ingredient knowledge becomes key to significantly restore and rebalance the skin barrier function
What Are the Benefits of Using Ceramides?
If we haven’t convinced yet to introduce ceramides into your skincare routine then…. YOUR LOSS. Jokes. It means we haven’t done our jobs properly to give you the best information. Skincare products that contain ceramides at an effective concentration can:
Restore the skin barrier function and protection the skin: A loss of ceramides through overuse of exfoliants and harsh soaps or environmental stressors can compromise the skin and allow bacteria and other pollutants to reach deeper into the skin and cause irritation. Remember, ceramides act as a seal and keep skin cells tight to prevent anything from the inside from getting lost and anything from the outside coming in.
Reduce visible signs of aging: DEHYDRATION IS THE FIRST SIGNS OF PREMATURE AGING! Ceramides, being a fat, locks in hydration and prevents transient epidermal water loss
Help with inflammatory skin conditions: When the skin uppermost layer is compromised it is unable to properly keep the skin hydrated and allow for hydration leakage. This makes the skin dry, inflamed and vulnerable which can risk for inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, acne and psoriasis.
Dr. Jart Products with Ceramides:
A lightweight liquid moisturising toner, supercharged with 5-Cera Complex that leaves skin supple, moisturised, and ready to absorb the next products in your skincare routine.
Suitable for all skin types, especially those who have dry, flaky, and rough-textured skin.
A deeply moisturising cream supercharged with 5-Cera Complex to strengthen the skin barrier and shield from water and moisture loss.
Suitable for normal, dry and very dry skin experiencing dryness, itchiness, roughness and discomfort.