When it comes to skin care, you want to make sure you have all the important bases covered. Ceramides are one of the most important ingredients of all because they act to keep skin moisturized, protected, and healthy. Though they might be less in the spotlight than ingredients like retinol and vitamin C, ceramides are one of the best anti-aging elements out there for supporting your skin’s structure at any age. Read on to learn more about ceramides and how to get the most out of this powerful skin care ingredient.
Ceramides are a type of lipid, the fatty amino acids that keep skin looking youthful, firm, and plump. They are an important building block for skin health, along with collagen and elastin, working to support the upper layers of the epidermis and the moisture barrier. Your skin already contains a natural wealth of ceramides, but as sun exposure and aging cause a reduction in ceramide levels, it’s necessary to add them back in via skin care.
Replenishing your skin’s ceramides helps to restore healthy skin that feels plumper, smoother, and firmer. Because they support the moisture barrier, ceramides keep your skin hydrated, leading to fewer visible lines, wrinkles, and other signs of dryness. Additionally, because the ceramides in skin care products are designed to mimic your skin’s natural ceramides, they are suitable for all skin types—even the most sensitive, breakout-prone, or oily skin.
Because of their excellent properties for restoring skin health, you’ll find ceramides in serums, moisturizers, masks, and other topical products. This makes it easy to incorporate at any step in your skin care routine—in fact, you probably already use them in one or more of your products. Look for it in the ingredients list, or find a ceramide-specific product to get the most out of this skin care powerhouse. Additionally, ceramides play well with other skin care stars:
• Chemical Exfoliants: Dead skin cells and product buildup can prevent skin care ingredients from absorbing as well as they should. Gentle exfoliation done regularly refreshes the top layer of skin so that skin care ingredients like ceramides can reach the deeper layers of skin effectively. Chemical exfoliants like BHAs and AHAs exfoliate skin well, while still being gentle.
• Vitamin C: Pairing ceramides with other anti-aging ingredients can make these products more beneficial, and help you see results faster. Vitamin C and ceramides pair well together to help restore skin’s firmness and supple feel, with the added boost of brightening that comes from using vitamin C. As always, make sure to add in new ingredients gradually to make sure your skin takes well to them.
• Retinol: Even though ceramides do wonders for skin, no single ingredient can do everything to combat the visible signs of aging. For its ability to accelerate skin cell turnover, nothing beats retinol or its stronger counterpart, retinoids.
• Antioxidants: To enhance the restoring capabilities of ceramides, look for antioxidants in your skin care to keep external toxins and sun damage at bay. Niacinamide, linoleic acid, and peptides are all ingredients that have antioxidant properties.
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