7 FAQs About Ceramides for Skin
What are ceramides?
You might not have come across the term ceramides before, but to your body they are essential. Ceramides are fats that are naturally found in the uppermost layers of the skin. In fact, they make up over half of the skin’s composition!
Why does your skin need ceramides?
If you are looking to achieve a healthy and glowing complexion, ceramides are key.
Firstly, they will moisturize your skin. The fats help the skin retain its moisture by fortifying its protective barrier and allowing it to hold onto its hydration. This also means that your skin is in a stronger position to tackle any dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
Secondly, ceramides make the skin look youthful. In young skin you can naturally find high levels of ceramides. They work to visibly reduce any lines and wrinkles leaving you with a fresh-faced complexion.
Thirdly, ceramides work as a barrier in your skin against outside threats such as pollution and other environmental stressors.
Why should you ensure your body is getting ceramides?
You might be wondering why you are reading an article about using ceramides when they are already naturally found in the skin. This is because ceramides are gradually lost over time. As you age and your levels of ceramides decreases your skin risks appearing dull, dry and in the worst cases, irritated.
The good news is that there are ways of giving your body extra ceramides! And as they are already found naturally in the skin, they are effective for all skin types. This means that every person can safely build ceramides into their skincare regime or diet. Very rarely can you find an ingredient that works just as well for dry and sensitive skin as it does for breakout prone oily skin. What’s more, ceramides are fragrance and irritant free so can be used on all areas of the body at all times!
Should you apply ceramides topically or via your diet?
You might be wondering which is the better path to go down: to apply ceramides topically to your body or to build the fats into your diet? The answer is not clear–cut.
For those wishing to apply ceramides topically, the main options are through creams and moisturizers or cleansers. Creams and moisturizers containing ceramides are particularly effective when applied in the morning or at night or immediately following a shower or bath. When applying ceramides as a cleanser it is recommended to be used twice a day. It is worth noting that as you wash away cleansers, the number of ceramides that are absorbed by your skin are not as great as when using a cream or moisturizer which stays on the skin.
To boost the benefits to your skin, most skincare experts recommend purchasing ceramide products that also include cholesterol and other fatty acids.
And for those who want their skin to absorb the maximum number of ceramides you can even look into accessing prescription versions of them. These prescriptions are classified as medical devices due to the much higher concentrations of ceramide. Notably, you should speak to your dermatologist or doctor before doing so.
While applying ceramides topically can ensure they reach the outer layer of your skin, the one downside is that they treat the exterior skin but fail to treat the interior. Which is a shame because as well as strengthening your skin cells, when ingested ceramides are known to be highly beneficial for other cells such as brain cells and hair cells.
If you are looking to reap the benefits of ceramides beyond a glowing complexion, you might want to look at introducing ceramides into your diet. Fortunately, you can steer clear of supplements as many types of food naturally contain ceramides. Just some examples are soy beans, diary, wheat and brown rice.
However, before you go rushing to the supermarket and revolutionising your diet keep in mind that ceramides are a fat. And you must always be very careful when increasing the amount of fat in your diet. A drastic increase in sources of fat can cause detrimental effects to your cholesterol, triglycerides and internal lipids. This in turn can leave you more vulnerable to cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.
Should ceramides be synthetic or natural?
Ceramides do not just naturally occur in the human skin. As previously mentioned, they can also naturally be found in whole host of food and plant products!
Unfortunately, unless you are ingesting them, it is are to find ceramides in their natural form. This is because natural ceramides are unstable products and costly to maintain.
Instead, you are far more likely to find that skin care products contain synthetic ceramides. But do not worry, they are made so effectively there is little to no difference in the quality or efficiency of the synthetic ceramides. Your skin will just as readily accept these ceramides as it will natural ones.
How about packaging?
It is important that you are purchasing ceramides that have been packaged effectively. You should look for products that have been packaged in opaque and airtight bottles and tubes. Stay away from jars as this will leave the bulk of the product exposed to light and air that might reduce the effectiveness of the ceramides. Also always make sure you pay attention to the expiration dates on your product.
Are there any side effects of ceramides?
Remember, ceramides naturally occur in your body already so they are not going to pose a danger.
However, if you choose to apply ceramides topically, as with any skin care product you should be precautious. Always undertake a skin patch test where you dab the product onto a particularly sensitive area of the skin and leave it for 24 hours to make sure your body does not have an allergic reaction. If not, you are free to use the product to your heart’s content!
GRWM! New products and some old!
Hello everyone! I did another GRWM using some new and old products! First I started off with a primer. I used e.l.f. - Poreless Putty Primer I was actually really surprised by this. It reminded me of Tachas silk canvas primer. It went on smoothly and did a good job of blurring my skin. I will say though after I looked at my makeup in the mirror up close it did settle a bit into my pores and my creases and was pretty noticeable. Overall I think this is a good product and will work for people with smoother skin. e.l.f. - 16HR Camo Concealer Then I used the elf concealer. I love this concealer. I’ve used it so many other times in my other videos. WINKY LUX - Diamond Powder Foundation Then I used the winky lux foundation. This actually went on so nicely and was super natural looking. I love how it’s so weightless and decreases shine. I would recommend this for people with oilier skin. the CRÈME shop - "Macro Brow" Angled Brow Pencil + Spooley Then i used macro brow. This is just to fill in the last bits of my eyebrow to look fuller. It’s easy to use and has a great price point. I just wish the pigment was a little easier to apply. You have to push so hard. RITUEL DE FILLE - Rare Light Crème Luminizer My favorite brand of highlighters ever. Just so pretty and pigmented. All natural and cruelty free. An amazing brand overall. 💞 fresh - Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 I used a tinted fresh lip treatment. Love the way they hydrate and the subtle color it gives off. They also smell and taste really good 😂. Hope you enjoyed getting ready with me! Let me know if you have any questions about the products I used.
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Why pH of skincare products is important?
The pH is defined as the negative logarithm (base ten) of the concentration of free hydrogen ions in aqueous solution. The pH of skin surface ranges from 4.5 to 6 making it slightly acidic. The acidic nature of the whole skin surface was first claimed by Heuss in 1892; however, the first scientific study was carried out by Schade and Marchionini in 1928, who called it the acid mantle. The “acid mantle” protects the skin by inhibiting the growth of pathogenic organisms, regulating keratinization, desquamation and wound healing. Any disruption in the acid mantle disrupts the activity of enzymes involved in barrier function and anti-microbial protection. The skin pH and the buffering capacity of the skin surface are made up of the components of the stratum corneum as well as the secretions from sebaceous and sweat glands. Sweat is an important contributor towards skin acidity owing to its content of amino acid, lactic acid, and urea, which supplement skin NMF levels. The formation of stratum corneum barrier requires enzymes that are pH dependent. Two lipid-processing enzymes β-glucocerebrosidase and acidic sphingomyelinase require a pH of 5.6 and 4.5, respectively. An increased skin surface pH activates enzyme serine proteases, which causes degradation of corneodesmosomes and affects the skin barrier. pH also has a big impact on the skin microbiome. The bactericidal activity, because of dermicidin and nitrites in sweat, occurs optimally at pH 5.5. The resident bacterial flora changes as pH increases causing increase in population and activity of P. acnes and Staphylococcus aureus which are responsible for acne and eczema. All these result in contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, ichthyosis, acne vulgaris and Candida albicans infections. Products with high pH cause swelling of skin follicles affecting the permeability of the skin making it dry, sensitive, and susceptible. Most of the skincare products are formulated within the pH range of normal healthy skin except the exfoliating products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA’s), Vitamin C products and chemical peel which work at low pH. Facial oils, cleansing oils, balms are not pH dependent.
The Benefits of Tomatoes
Hey Beauty’s It’s been a long week and I haven’t been on much, missed wellness Wednesday but I never let the week past without a natural skincare edition. 😉 Tomatoes 🍅 Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. Lycopene is an especially strong antioxidant, so it can help your overall health along with the appearance of your skin. Antioxidants help reverse signs of aging, which means plumper skin and reduced fine lines. 😁 They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K. Natural Face Masks to try at home: I have combination skin that tends to be on the oily side. I would suggest a patch test for sensitive skin. 🧚♀️Instantly Brighter Skin 1/2 Ripe Tomato 🍅 1 Tbsp Honey 🍯 Blend tomato 🍅 till it’s a smooth purée, stir in honey and mix well. I’m the biggest fan of honey 🍯 and adding tomato just made this mask more appealing. So I tried it! 😃 Because of the honey, it’s a very sticky mask but full of antioxidants. Honeys a natural humectant (locks moisture in skin cells), it’s antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties protect skin from bacteria and germs 🦠 🧚♀️ Refreshing Mask 1/2 Ripe Tomato 🍅 1/4 Cucumber 🥒 Peel cucumber and blend with Tomato 🍅 apply in circular motion and wait 15 minutes. Rinse off. Both cucumber and tomato are natural astringents which help tighten large pores. Cucumber is composed of 95% water and will hydrate oily skin, preventing further oiliness as well as moisturising dry skin back to its previous smoothness. It’s the cucumber that soothes the skin and can fade blemishes. Hope you have a great Friday! And let me know if you like my natural series by liking this post. 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 There’s a natural Tomato 🍅 Paper Mask by Yes To, it’s available on ASOS. The Yes To Tomato Mask 🍅 is made to fight blemishes. It’s 95% natural, paraben free and cruelty free. It’s suitable for combination skin so if you want to purchase something try this, I prefer my natural Masks 😉 it saves me $$$ to spend on cleanser, my new fav product for now. 🙋🏽♀️ Cheers 🥂 Jade
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