Ceramides - you may be familiar with the term, but not entirely sure what role they play in your skin... Breaking down their benefits and why those with eczema, dry skin, and/or psoriasis may be needing more of them!
What are ceramides?
Ceramides are a component of your skin barrier. They’re lipid molecules (aka fats) that work with cholesterols and other fatty acids to prevent skin from becoming dehydrated, maintain that skin cells are functioning properly, and prevent bad bacteria from reaching the skin’s epidermis.
Ceramide levels deplete when oil is stripped from the skin - resulting in dry, irritated, compromised skin. A range of factors can impact ceramide levels; stress, seasonal changes, harsh detergents, hand sanitizer, etc. In addition, as we age; the skin’s epidermis weakens and levels of collagen, hyaluronic acid, and ceramides decrease. Incorporating products formulated with ceramides into your routine will ensure your skin is protected as best as possible.
Where to find ceramides?
Ceramides can be found in a number of products in the skincare aisle - one being SLMD Body Seal: a non-greasy body cream made with colloidal oatmeal that imparts a weightless and protective barrier that locks in and maintains skin’s natural moisture. Pro tip from board-certified dermatologist and SLMD founder Dr. Sandra Lee: “apply Body Seal while you are still damp after showering - this will help lock in moisture before it is able to evaporate from your skin.”
Now you can add ceramides to the list of fancy skincare ingredients you know and get to work on maintaining that your skin is the softest, smoothest, and strongest that it can be.