Your skin craves good old-fashioned fat in the protective form of ceramides
Just as fat elevates our food’s taste, ceramides enhance our skin’s performance
Ceramides might not be the headline grabbers in the skincare world.
And are probably not at the top of your must-have list of ingredients.
Especially with the buzz around ingredients like Niacinamide, Retinol, and Vitamin C.
However, if you are committed to achieving and maintaining healthy skin.
Here’s a little beauty secret.
Ceramides deserve a prime spot in your star-studded skincare routine, and here’s why:
The large number of natural ceramides in your skin means they stand out as one of the most crucial mechanisms for maintaining that plump, youthful glow.
That’s right, your skin craves good old-fashioned fat in the form of ceramides.
Just as fat helps to elevate your food’s taste, ceramides can enhance your skin’s performance.
Why? Because skin is made up of more than half fat, ensuring your skin gets an ample supply of this fat in the form of ceramides becomes more than just a beauty ritual.
It becomes a strategic move to fend off detrimental elements and establish a protective barrier that preserves the essential goodness within.
Ceramides beautifying benefits
If all of that seems a tad too skin sciency, we apologise.
So we simplified ceramides’ skin-loving benefits in the form of bullet points so you can see how they really can help to heal and repair:
- Fortifying the Barrier Function: Ceramides are the cornerstone in fortifying the epidermal barrier, which protects your skin from environmental stressors, ageing, and the aftermath of intensive treatments.
- Anti-Ageing Guardians: Ceramides play a crucial role in reducing signs of ageing by preserving the integrity of the stratum corneum, helping to promote moisture retention, whilst also preventing the decline of the all-important lipid content that, when lacking, can lead to premature ageing.
- Beneficial for Sensitive Skin: Ceramides are gentle yet effective in reducing sensitivity and inflammation, making them the perfect ingredient for claiming and soothing sensitivity.
- Combatting Inflammation: The anti-inflammatory properties of ceramides address irritation and rough skin, helping to prevent inflammageing and support skin health.
- Alleviate Skin Conditions: Research suggests that replenishing ceramide levels topically can help alleviate symptoms associated with skin diseases like atopic dermatitis and excema.
- Hydration Boost: Ceramides are essential for optimal skin hydration; they preserve moisture within the tissues whilst stimulating the skin’s natural lipid production. This, in turn, helps to combat dryness, dullness, and loss of elasticity.
- Post-Treatment Recovery: Ceramides have proven beneficial after invasive treatments; they help to rebuild an impaired barrier function, promoting a smoother and more comfortable skin recovery process.
Barrier strengthening ceramides
The key to truly healthy skin extends beyond mere moisturisation—it hinges on the integrity of your skin’s barrier.
In this crucial role, ceramides emerge as the cornerstone of healthy skin. As discussed above, they are like the cement fortifying your barrier.
This becomes important when faced with acute, sustained barrier disruptions caused by intensive treatments that compromise your barrier function.
Or environmental assaults such as UV radiation and pollution and the inevitable ageing process—all of which deplete your skin’s reservoir of these all-important fats.
So, ceramides become the missing link for effective epidermal barrier repair.
But wait, that’s not all; they become even more powerful when synergistically combined with the following all-important lipids:
Skin loving lipids
Imagine your skin cells like bricks; your outer layer of skin and the stratum corneum lipids (oils) act as the mortar surrounding them, all of which form a crucial component of the structure of the lamellar bilayers.
These lipids account for approximately 15% of the dry weight of the stratum corneum, the outer layer of your skin, which contains roughly the following:
- ceramides 40% to 50%
- cholesterol 20% to 25%
- fatty acids 15% to 25% of fatty acids
- cholesterol sulfate, approximately 5% to 10%
Each of these lipids contributes to the coherence of your stratum corneum and the overall integrity of your skin’s protective barrier.
This is the secret formula for optimal skin health—when the correct blend of 50% ceramides, 25% cholesterol, 20% fatty acids, and 5-10% cholesterol sulfate is in your skin, it is balanced and healthy.
These ingredients are essential for organising skin tissues into structures that ensure the correct functioning of your skin barrier; this helps prevent transepidermal water loss (TEWL) by keeping water and external elements out.
A reduction in these ingredients can cause your skin to become dry and inflamed due to a decrease in the efficacy of your stratum corneum’s ability to keep water in and potential irritants and foreign bodies out.
When applied topically with the other all-important lipids mentioned above, they mirror your skin’s natural composition, fortifying your skin’s barrier function and ensuring its resilience and health.
So whether you have damage from UV or environmental stressors, acne inflammation, damaged skin after poorly performed skin treatments, or even dryness and fine lines due to the natural ageing process.
Replacing these vital lipids topically will help you reverse many skin conditions and sustain that coveted, youthful glow.
To conclude. The naked truth
So, as you can see, ceramides emerge as unsung heroes in skincare, playing a pivotal role in promoting and maintaining healthy skin.
As estheticians, we believe that everyone can benefit from these gorgeous skin-loving fats, especially when combined in the perfect ratio of lipids that naturally mirror the ingredients found in your skin.
Our recommendations from our range include Fortify barrier repair cream, which contains the exact ratio of ceramides and lipids as outlined above.
If you are opposed to the heavy feel of traditional moisturisers, then our barrier repair balm is a great alternative; its airy whip undergoes a transformative process upon contact with your skin, much like a pressed serum.
So we challenge you to spread the word about good old-fashioned fats.
And give your skin some ceramide and lipid-rich love.
It will thank you for it in the form of youthful, glowing skin for now and many years to come.