What Are The Benefits of Ceramides?

Jun. 20, 2022

Ceramides are often used as an anti-aging ingredient in skincare products, but what exactly are they and how do they work? Read on to find the answers to 6 of the most frequently asked questions about ceramides.


1. What are ceramides?

Simply put, ceramides are naturally occurring lipids (fats) in the skin. They make up more than 50% of your skin, so it's no surprise that they play such an important role in protecting your skin from environmental threats and helping it look younger. 

Ceramide 3

 Ceramide 3     

2. How do ceramides help the skin?

Ceramides have been shown to have anti-aging properties. If you compare them to bricks and mortar, the skin cells are the bricks and ceramides are the mortar. Ceramides hold the skin together and form a protective layer to help prevent moisture loss and visible damage caused by environmental stress. High purity ceramide 3  also helps keep skin soft.

In addition to ceramides, there are two other fascinating ingredients: phytosphingosine and sphingolipids. These are precursors to ceramides and help the upper layers of the skin to produce more ceramides, allowing the skin to better protect itself.


3. If ceramides are already naturally present in the skin, why do I need them in my skincare products?

Young skin produces a lot of ceramides. However, with age and sun damage, the quality and quantity of ceramides decrease. This causes damage to the skin barrier, leading to dryness, roughness, wrinkles, redness, irritation, and dehydration.


Ceramides in skincare products replenish the ceramides in your skin. This helps your skin to look and act like younger skin and to stay hydrated, firm, and soft.

Ceramide NP

 Ceramide NP

4. What results can I expect from a product rich in ceramides?

Properly formulated (and correctly packaged) skincare products containing ceramides help to strengthen the skin barrier and improve hydration. This results in smoother, firmer skin, fewer fine lines and wrinkles, and less irritation.


5. Which is best, synthetic or natural ceramides?

There are two properties that make ceramides an effective anti-aging ingredient: they moisturize your skin and educate it to repair itself to a healthy state.


Ceramides can be derived from plants. However, the disadvantage of plant-based ceramides is that they can only hydrate the skin, they cannot teach it to behave younger and healthier. Ceramides can also be derived from animal and human skin - these ceramides have both of these properties. As an ethical skincare company, we are not accustomed to using these types of ceramides.


Synthetic ceramides are a highly effective and ethical solution. They are stable, they moisturize the skin and teach it to behave in a youthful and healthy way. While they have gotten a bad rap in the past for poor skin absorption, the newer variants do not have this problem.


6. What skin types can benefit from ceramides?

Ceramides are "skin-identical" ingredients because they are naturally present in the skin. This makes them an ideal ingredient for all skin types, even sensitive, acne-prone, or oily skin. Ceramides are also safe to use around the eyes. 

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