If you find yourself constantly layering on moisturizer, yet still struggling with flaky dry skin- or if you often suffer from eczema or psoriasis, there may be one simple solution. Ceramides are lipids, that exist to aid the skin in retaining moisture and allowing proper functionality of the skin barrier. They are our body’s natural moisturizer and a barrier that prevents us from dehydration. They are vital in keeping our skin smooth and looking supple, and they are extremely helpful in protecting us from the exposure of environmental aggressors like dry air.
So, why/how do we lose our ceramides? Per usual, there are multiple factors that contribute to this. Because ceramides are produced naturally, they will deplete over time with age. Specifically, after the age of 20, we begin to produce fewer ceramides, typically at one percent per year. While we can’t keep our bodies from aging, there are other situations that will speed up the ceramics loss such as seasonal changes and overusage of exfoliants(by ruining our skin’s pH balance). Another strong influence is diet; by eating lots of greens and lean protein you will increase your healthy oil intake and maintain your levels of ceramides.
However, we are able to replenish ceramide levels with the correct skincare products: many moisturizers are formulated specifically to increase our ceramide productions(such as CeraVe). My personal favorite is the obvious, ‘Best of Beauty’ winner First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. By utilizing these products, you will not only restore moisture levels for smoother and softer skin, but they will also serve as therapy for symptoms like psoriasis and eczema.