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Ceramides

Ceramides

Why it's Dermoi

All skin types must preserve their skin barrier function as this is essential for skin health. Ceramides are key lipid molecules present in the skin barrier structure. They surround dead skin cells (corneocytes) and help form a strong barrier. Ceramides help protect the skin from infection and reduce trans-epidermal water loss.

Description

Ceramides are essential for skin health. Ceramides are lipid molecules (oil-based) present in the skin barrier (stratum corneum).¹² The skin barrier is designed to form an extremely powerful barrier to the environment and act as our first line of defence of our immune system. It helps to regulate water loss and keeps infection, dirt, and toxins out.

Ceramides are present inbetween dead skin cells (corneocytes) and help ensure the skin barrier is strong and resilient.¹² When ceramides are altered, either through harsh cleansing or genetics, inflammatory skin conditions can result.

In skincare, ceramides replenish skin barrier lipids and boost skin hydration.² They also help to reduce water loss (transepidermal water loss). This means they are extremely important to create a supple, soft, and plump complexion in all skin types.

References

1. Coderch L, López O, de la Maza A, Parra J. Ceramides and Skin Function. American Journal of Clinical Dermatology. 2003;4(2):107-129.
2. Meckfessel M, Brandt S. The Structure, Function, and Importance of Ceramides in Skin and Their Use as Therapeutic Agents in Skin-Care Products. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 2014;71(1):177-184.

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