You can marinade your skin in acids and vitamin serums, but if you want to achieve the healthiest skin of your life, what you really need is moisture. And when it comes to moisture boosting ingredients, there’s nothing much better than ceramides. Just as drinking water keeps our bodies in optimal condition, ceramides replenish our skin’s moisture levels and strengthen the skin barrier, keeping it healthy and strong.
If you’re looking to introduce ceramides into your skincare routine, look no further than Dr Jart+’s Ceramidin collection. The range of six products are packed full of ceramides and will help to quickly and effectively strengthen, smooth, and rehydrate skin, with long-lasting benefits. It’s suitable for all skin types, but is especially beneficial for those with dry or dehydrated skin that experiences flaky, red, or rough skin.
From how to use them to which products you need, here’s everything you need to know about ceramides and Dr Jart+’s Ceramidin range.
What are ceramides?
Ceramides are lipids (fats) that are naturally produced by our bodies – and typically found in the top layers of our skin. They actually make up 50% of skin’s composition, so they’re pretty important in establishing how skin looks, feels, and behaves. As we age, our bodies stop producing as many ceramides and the ones we have are reduced in effectiveness by sun damage. This weakens the skin’s barrier, resulting in the signs of ‘aging skin’ – loose, dry, rough skin, wrinkles, redness, and dehydration.
How do they work?
If you think of your skin as a brick wall, ceramides are the cement between the bricks that hold your cells together. They basically strengthen skin by reinforcing its layers, helping to prevent moisture from escaping, while stopping harmful pollutants and environmental aggressors from getting in and causing damage.
Why should I use them?
Because ceramides impove hydration levels, when skin has an optimal level of ceramides it feels plump, soft, firm, and bouncy. Therefore, it’s an ideal ingredient for all skintypes to use but is especially beneficial if your skin is easily dehydrated or feels dry.
Ceramides also help to strengthen and reinforce your skin’s barrier, which prevents aggressors, pollutants, and bacteria from getting in and causing damage. If you experience acne, breakouts, pigmentation, or want to better protect your skin from free radical damage, ceramides are a vital ingredient.
How should I use them?
You can use ceramides day and night, and you’ll find them in everything from face masks to cleansers, but they’re most beneficial in serums and moisturisers and when they’re in high concentrations. The star ingredient of the Ceramidin range is 5-Cera Complex, a blend of multiple ceramides which deliver moisture deep into skin to restore and repair. They’re accompanied by hyaluronic acid (to draw moisture into skin), bifida ferment lysate (a probiotic), and beetroot (rich in vitamin C) in most of the formulas. Ceramides are most effective when combined with other hydrating ingredients like fatty acids, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin, and also work well with antioxidants like vitamin C and other skin restoring ingredients like retinol, EGF, and niacinamide.
Ideal for those whose skin is prone to climate-induced dryness or who experiences sensitivity from using active ingredients like retinol or AHAs, this moisturiser is the ultimate antidote to angry, inflamed skin. By strengthening the skin’s barrier function, the ceramides help to restore the skin’s barrier fucntion, which is often weakened by strong ingredients.