A guide to ceramides: present in most beauty products, but what are they?

A guide to ceramides: present in most beauty products, but what are they?

You name it, it is present in hair care products, skin care products, but do we know what they are?

If you read the label of any of your skincare products there is a good chance you’ll find ceramides as an ingredient, they are present in cleansers, serums, essences, moisturizers and more –they are also present in your skin!

 Our body detoxifies itself and gets rid of substances it doesn’t need

Our body detoxifies itself and gets rid of substances it doesn’t need: carbon dioxide when you breathe, water and acid through the urinary system, and ceramides is a type of molecule that is also disposed of by cells.

Once they are excreted cell waste serves another purpose –they serve as mortar to keep the cells in place, if they are not as densely packed, the skin becomes less elastic and causes wrinkles and sagging. This mortar –or extracellular matrix, is filled with oily fatty molecules that act as a barrier from the outside world –so that your skin does not “leak” –this keeps skin moisturized and plump.

The extracellular matrix

This matrix or mortar for your cells is made of: collagen and elastin, enzymes, lipids and ceramides –each of them keeps the skin healthy and moisturized. As you age, some of these elements diminish lipids and ceramides are one of those.

As you age the skin becomes less elastic.

If your ceramide levels lower, your barrier is compromised and you can help it with topical ceramides to strengthen your skin barrier.

Ceramides are derived from plants or created synthetically in a lab, both options are vegan and biomimetic (this means that they mimic our biology) –so don’t feel guilty for using them!

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Cathy Mason

Cathy has spent most of her professional life discovering homemade beauty remedies, old and new. Using her extensive knowledge of natural ingredients, Cathy will provide expert advice on how to tackle everyday skincare problems with straightforward natural lotions and potions. + info

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