In the realm of skincare, there is an overabundance of ingredients that share common benefits. This can be confusing when it comes to determining what’s best for your skin. But we’re here to be your guiding light through the fog of ingredients. In this edition of Ingredient Breakdown, we take a look at Ceramides.
Ceramides – What are they?
Ceramides – in basic terms – are lipids (aka fats) that are found naturally in the top layer of your skin. Their role on your skin is to form a barrier that seals in moisture, regulates trans-epidermal water loss through the skin and protects your skin from environmental aggressors.
A decrease in ceramides – often caused by aging and sun damage – can weaken your skin’s barrier. This opens it up to dehydration, pre-mature aging, increased sensitivity and redness.
In an essence, ceramides are the Ozone layer equivalent to your skin, regulating moisture and protecting it against environmental aggressors.
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If it’s already in my skin, why do I need more of it?
Good things don’t last forever. As you age, your skin is no longer able to produce as much ceramide as it once did. Once you hit your 30s, you would have lost 40% of your skin’s natural ceramide. In another 10 years, you would have lost about 60%.
Thus, it is vital to help your skin by replenishing it consistently with products rich in ceramides. Plus, ceramide is one of the handful of ingredients that are beneficial to all skin types. This is especially true for sensitive and dry skin as it works to keep moisture in and strengthen your skin’s natural resilience against aggressors that can sensitise your skin over time.
Here are our favourite products that contain Ceramides:
With its unique formulation, the Deep Hydrating Lotion hydrates the skin from deep within with Sodium Hyaluronate while keeping the surface of the skin moisturised with Ceramide 3 & Jojoba Seed Oil.
Masking is more important than ever and this includes masking for your skin too. Soaked with a blend of natural ingredients (from Ceramide 3, Fig Fruit Extract to Natural Enzymes), the Hydrocare Bio-Cellulose mask adheres tightly to the skin, leaving it soft, plump with moisture and rejuvenated.
What makes Ceramides different from ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid & Sodium Hyaluronate?
Ceramides are one of the few upcoming ingredients in the world of skincare. However, the benefits often get confused with ingredient powerhouses like Hyaluronic Acid and Sodium Hyaluronate. While all these ingredients play different yet vital roles in your journey to healthier skin, here’s a quick breakdown of each:
Hyaluronic Acid (aka HA):
Found naturally in the body, Hyaluronic Acid attracts water to provide hydration. However, due to their large molecular size, they are unable to penetrate deeply into the skin. Thus, it mainly works on the uppermost layers of the skin. Using Hyaluronic Acid, leave the skin feeling hydrated, plump and reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles & sagging.
Surprise! Sodium Hyaluronate is a derivative form of Hyaluronic Acid. Meaning to say that they are essentially the same. However, Sodium Hyaluronate is synthesized to have a smaller molecular structure that makes it more capable of penetrating the skin’s deeper layers. This allows Sodium Hyaluronate to hydrate the skin from deeper within compared to Hyaluronic Acid.
Similar to Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramides are naturally found in the body and their main purpose is to act as a shield against external damage and retain moisture. After using Ceramides, it leaves the skin feeling stronger, less sensitive and moisturised.
To summarise, Sodium Hyaluronate hydrates from deep within, Hyaluronic Acid hydrates the upper layers of the skin and Ceramides seal in all the hydration and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier.
We hope this guide to Ceramides and a quick breakdown on the popular skincare ingredients has helped you understand what your skin needs and how to better navigate the fog of skincare.
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