Ceramides are a type of lipid molecule that is naturally found in the skin's outermost layer, known as the stratum corneum, they play a crucial role in maintaining the skin’s barrier function and health contributing to the skins overall appearance and texture.
Ceramides are essential components of the skin barrier, acting as a protective shield against external aggressors, such as pollutants, irritants, and pathogens, a major constituent of the lipid matrix in the stratum corneum where they help cement together skin cells (keratinocytes). This structural support contributes to the skin's strength, integrity, and resilience.
Aiding the skin's natural repair processes, Ceramides help to facilitate the regeneration of the skin barrier after damage from environmental factors, inflammation and other types of stress.
Regulating water movement within the skin, Ceramides form a barrier to help to prevent excessive water evaporation from the skin's surface and in doing this, they help promote elasticity and a smooth, plump complexion.
As we age, the natural production of Ceramides in the skin decreases, leading to drier, more fragile skin.
Ceramide-rich products can be particularly beneficial for individuals with dry, sensitive, or aging skin, as well as those prone to conditions like eczema or dermatitis.
Inci name: Ceramide Ng, Ceramide Np, Ceramide Ap, Phytosphingosine, Behenyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate