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  • Writer's pictureSawsan Zagnoun

What is Ceramide for Skin

Ceramides are naturally derived from our skin but can also be made synthetically for use in skin care products to replenish what you’ve lost. Applying ceramide moisturizers can help restore your skin’s natural ceramide levels and improve its health. Here, we’ll look at just a few of the many benefits of ceramides.

What Are Ceramides?

Ceramides make up to ~50% of the skin lipids to form the natural skin barrier. Ceramides are the glue that holds our skin cells together to keep our skin barrier intact and healthy. A healthy skin barrier helps seal in moisture and seal out harmful elements.

What Do Ceramides Do?

Softens and smoothes the skin:

Common traits of a compromised skin barrier are dryness, flakiness, and fine lines from dehydration. Restoring lost lipids may increase skin hydration and improve the look and feel.

Restores the skin barrier:

Loss of ceramides due to aging, the overuse of exfoliants, and harsh soaps that strip the skin cause a compromised stratum corneum, allowing bacteria to enter through tiny cracks and cause irritation. Replenishing those ceramides will keep the barrier healthy and functioning correctly.

Reduces visible signs of aging:

The thinning and aging of the skin are not only due to the loss or breakdown of collagen and elastin (proteins in your dermis), but your skin barrier (your epidermis) is also significant in protecting and maintaining the rest of the skin.

Locks in moisture and Protects the skin:

A healthy skin barrier seals moisture, prevents drying skin, and protects the skin against environmental aggressors and pollution.

Helps with inflammatory skin conditions:

When the skin’s stratum corneum is not working correctly, the skin can get dehydrated, leading to transient epidermal water loss (TEWL). This makes the skin dry, inflamed, and at risk for inflammatory conditions like eczema, rosacea, acne, and psoriasis.


Overall, ceramides are a great way to maintain healthy and youthful skin. They help retain moisture, soothe the skin, reduce inflammation, and protect it from environmental stressors. If you are looking for a product to help you achieve all these things, then ceramides are a great option.

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