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What the heck is a Ceramide?

To start with they help your skin remain plump and retain its moisture, but they also strengthen your skin’s protective barrier.

If you haven’t heard about ceramides, here’s a complete guide about what they are and how they will help you retain or gain that flawless, beautiful skin.

What are Ceramides?

Ceramides have received significant recognition for their role in the development of the brain and nervous system. However, recently, they have also gained popularity for their role in the skincare world.

Ceramides are fats or lipids that are found naturally in the top-most layers of your skin – the epidermis.

Ceramides are extremely high in concentration and make up more than 50% of your skin’s composition.

How Are Ceramides Good for Skin?

Ceramides are a natural part of your skin. They are made up of long-chain fatty acids and other prime molecules to promote proper cellular function.

What They Do:

Lock in Moisture

Ceramides connect skin cells to one another. If skin cells serve as bricks, ceramides serve as the mortar. They hold the skin together to form a protective layer against loss of moisture and prevent permeability. This moisture retention aids in keeping your skin soft and supple by preventing dryness and irritation.

Have Anti-Aging Properties 

Ceramides have been proven to contain anti-aging properties. Fine lines and wrinkles are more evidently visible on dry skin. Ceramides lock the moisture in the skin, minimizing the appearance of any aging-effects.

They serve as the best anti-aging powerhouses —  perhaps even more effective than retinol or peptides.

Protect Your Skin

Ceramide precursors, such as phytosphingosine and sphingolipiden, aid the upper layers of your skin in producing more ceramide, allowing the skin to protect itself in a better manner. Ceramides protect your skin, especially the epidermis, from damage due to environmental stressors.

All in all, these fatty-acids reinforce the barrier of your skin while increasing its hydration. If you’re using ceramide-infused products, you can expect your skin to become softer, smoother and less red irritated skin.   

Why Should You Incorporate Ceramides in Your Skincare Routine If They Occur Naturally?

Well, we’re sure this question must have popped into your head when we mentioned that ceramides occur naturally in your skin. When you are young, your skin produces ceramides in abundance. However, as you age, the sun damage intensifies, reducing the overall quantity and quality of ceramides in your skin. This can result in many skin problems, such as damaged skin barrier, rough, dry and wrinkled skin.

Using products containing ceramides will replenish the ceramides in your skin and keep it hydrated, firm and supple.

Why I Put Ceramides in My ZenJenSkin Product Line?

I noticed that even though I was applying high quality moisturizing ingredients to my body, by mid-day, my skin was dry again.  I also noticed lines in my skin.  The lines were areas where moisture was escaping leaving my skin dry, rough and sagging. 

I realized the solution was to keep the moisture in.  I added three ingredients: safflower oil, dragons blood and ceramides.  These ingredients seal in moisture and protect your skin from environmental stress.  As a result, I now have firmer, softer and hydrated skin all day long. 

Our two most popular products have ceramides in them, Crepey Skin Repair and Mega Skin Boost.

A few testimonials from Crepey Skin Repair.

The Bottom Line

Ceramides protect your skin and since they’re a natural part of your skin, they’re ideal for all skin types including sensitive, oily and acne-prone skin.

These fatty acids should, without a doubt, be a part of your daily skincare routine.