As a beauty editor, a hankering to dissect the ingredients’ labels of beauty products is nothing out of the ordinary but rather a reflex reaction based on stimuli. But even if beauty isn’t your bread and butter — there is a possibility that you have browsed through the contents of your favourite formulations only to stop at some never-heard-before-names. One such name that has been a subject of intrigue is ceramide, for many who are just venturing into skincare or solidifying their pre-existing regimen. So the question that organically arises is- what exactly are these members of the lipids family that grace many beauty products, why should there be more dialogue around it and what can you, the reader, stand to benefit from this conversation?
Ceramides And Skin Barrier Strengthening
To use a borrowed analogy, think of your dermis as a wall fighting off external aggressors like heat, pollution and UV radiations — where the skin cells act as the bricks and ceramides present within these cells’ membranes serve the purpose of mortar. If these lipid molecules, composed primarily of sphingosine and fatty acid and make for over 30-40% of the acid mantle, were to get marred or dwindle, our skin would be devoid of its first line of defence against toxins. A compromised skin barrier (a.k.a acid mantle) can seriously impact the health of your skin — leading to transepidermal water loss, triggering early signs of fine lines, wrinkles and even episodes of inflammation and redness, amongst many others. And, to take charge of your skin trajectory, it is integral to replenish the content of ceramides present in the skin.