When it comes to the skin moisture barrier, skin cells and proteins are like the cake, while ceramides (the frosting) seal all that goodness in place. Much like the frosting on your imaginary sponge cake, ceramides are a critical feature of the skin moisture barrier. You’ll often find ceramides formulated into skincare products like cleansers and moisturisers thanks to their variety of benefits for all skin types. Read on to learn what ceramides are, ceramide benefits and how you can harness them in your own skincare regime.
What are ceramides?
Ceramides are lipid molecules found in the surface layers of skin that play a few key roles in skin moisture barrier function:
- Structure:Ceramides seal skin cells together to form the skin moisture barrier.
- Permeability:Ceramides lock moisture into the skin and reduce TEWL (trans-epidermal water loss).
Ceramide benefits in skincare
While we all have ceramides in our skin, our natural supply begins to dwindle as we age – particularly as we move beyond our late 20s. You can support the skin moisture barrier by supplementing your skin’s naturally occurring ceramides with ceramide skincare, such as ceramide creams and cleansers, to keep hydration on lock. You can expect to see several ceramide skincare benefits for a variety of skin concerns when adding this multitasking ingredient to your skincare line-up, such as:
- Skin barrier support
- Anti-ageing properties
Skin barrier support
The skin moisture barrier has a lot to answer for when it comes to the visible quality of our skin. Since ceramides make up such a large percentage of the skin moisture barrier, ceramide skincare can go a long way towards improving skin appearance and unlocking a radiant, refreshed complexion. You can care for your skin moisture barrier by incorporating ceramides for skin into your daily AM and PM skincare routines.
A boost of hydration
Earlier, we mentioned ceramides’ important job in preventing TEWL (trans-epidermal water loss). For the uninitiated, TEWL is the process through which the skin sheds water via passive evaporation. While some level of TEWL is to be expected, excessive water loss can lead to dehydrated skin – and the redness, tight sensations and flaking that can follow. No, thank you! To hold TEWL at bay and retain moisture, ceramides benefit the skin moisture barrier, keeping it stable and hydrated.
The natural reduction of ceramides as we age can create a domino effect of outcomes for ageing skin, like fine lines and wrinkles, depleted skin volume and sagging. Ceramides in skincare can offer anti-ageing abilities to help lessen some of the visible signs of ageing, and support skin health in the long run. This is mostly achieved through water retention, which lends skin a plumper, more glowy look.
How to add ceramides to your skincare routine
Ceramide benefits can assist your skin with hydration, skin barrier support and even anti-ageing – what’s not to love? Our Confidence skincare range is designed to harness the skin transforming powers of ceramides in nourishing, extra-gentle formulas. If you’re ready to introduce ceramides skincare to your beauty shelf, here’s how to go about it.
MoisturiserWe’ve got you covered with a couple of options for your new favourite ceramide cream. For dry or mature skin – or any skin in need of a richer moisturiser – reach for our Confidence in a Cream Face Moisturiser & Day Cream. Enriched with ceramides, collagen and peptides, smooth onto the face and neck for instant glow. For combination or oily skin, or those who prefer a lightweight formula, opt for the Confidence in a Gel Lotion Moisturiser. There’s no scrimping on radiance here – just a weightless gel moisturiser packed with ceramides, glycerin and cactus flower for fast-absorbing hydration.
The IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cleanser is your go-to for removing all traces of makeup and grime while balancing skin at the start of your ceramides skincare routine. Formulated with anti-ageing collagen, skin comforting colloidal oatmeal and a ceramide complex, you can’t miss with this super powered cleanser. Gently massage the serum-like consistency onto damp skin for 30 seconds before thoroughly rinsing. Pat dry.
Eye cream is more than just an extra step in your night skincare routine – just ask our Confidence in an Eye Cream. Developed with plastic surgeons, this ceramide-enriched formula contains an apricot tint and Drops of Light Technology™ to immediately brighten and colour-correct the under eye, making it ideal for both AM and PM application. With a combination of chrysin, liquorice root, squalane and avocado, this eye cream delivers on instant brightening and lifting, while imparting a host of skincare benefits.
Ceramides skincare has a lot to offer all skin types. To continue your skincare learning, read on to learn five benefits of hyaluronic acid for skin.
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