What are ceramides?
It's surely a question you've asked yourself when looking at the ingredient list of a skin care product. Ceramide is a "superhero" ingredient that it's hard not to fall in love with once you've tried it. Ceramides are lipids that penetrate the layers of the skin effectively to hydrate and maintain skin hydration.
Think of ceramides as the "glue" that binds skin cells together, the icing that holds the gingerbread house together, or the cement between the bricks. When the cells are "glued" to each other with the help of ceramides, a protective skin layer is created, difficult to penetrate, which maintains hydration while also protecting the skin from harmful external factors.
If you want to strengthen your skin's protective layer, then you definitely need products containing ceramides!
How are ceramides introduced into products?
Ceramides are naturally produced by our skin but those in products are either synthetic versions or naturally derived from plants. These are almost identical to those in human skin.
What skin type benefits from ceramides?
ALL! As mentioned above, your skin produces ceramides naturally. The problem is that as you get older, the amount of ceramides decreases due to various causes: skin affected by exposure to UV rays, use of products that dry the skin, natural aging of the skin.
Because they restore and strengthen the skin's protective barrier while helping to maintain hydration, ceramides are an amazing ingredient for people with dry skin who suffer from hyperpigmentation or eczema.
Recommendations for products containing ceramides
A very hydrating product is Dear, Klairs Fundamental Watery Oil Drop. This water-based serum contains ceramides, green tea and peptides to hydrate the skin while protecting it from harmful external factors.
COSRX's Balancium Comfort Ceramide Cream is a cream that contains three types of ceramides and Centella Asiatica to heal irritations while strengthening the skin's protective layer.
Dear, Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream combats sensitive and dehydrated skin with its concentrated formula that provides immediate long-term hydration.
BONUS: 0.2 Therapy Air Mask - Ceramides
Hypoallergenic wipe face mask for sensitive or dry skin specially designed to feel light as air. Contains ceramides to give dry skin the rich, deep hydration it needs, strengthening the skin's natural protective layer. Ingredients such as ginger, lemon, lavender, mandarin extract will leave your skin brighter and healthier.