ceramides 101

Let’s talk about ceramides! Can’t get enough of this must-have barrier-supporting ingredient? Or wondering what the hype is about? You’ve come to the right place! We’re breaking down everything you need to know about ceramides: 

What are ceramides? 

Ceramides are a type of lipid naturally found in the outermost layer of skin. They play a vital role in maintaining the natural barrier function (i.e. keeping moisture locked in, and irritants out). When your barrier is compromised, it can lead to increased dryness, itchiness, roughness, and sensitivity. Though your skin naturally creates its own ceramides, production typically starts to slow down around the age of 30.

Why are ceramides important? 

Ceramides are crucial to maintaining a strong skin barrier! A strong barrier helps protect skin against dehydration, dryness, and irritation. Ceramides help restore skin’s barrier and prevent transepidermal water loss (TEWL) by helping skin retain moisture. 

Think of a brick wall. Essentially, skin cells are like bricks and lipids (like ceramides) are the mortar that holds everything together and makes the brick wall stronger. 

How can I incorporate more ceramides? 

Opt for products that contain ceramides like our #1 selling ceramide barrier serum, and newest launch, ceramide recovery balm…the power of ceramides — two ways! 

ceramide barrier serum is a lightweight serum that restores hydration and supports healthy barrier function by promoting the skin’s natural ceramide production. Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin! 
ceramide recovery balm creates an occlusive layer to lock in moisture while minimizing signs of dryness and irritation. Suitable for dry or sensitive skin and can be used all over - think dry spots on your body, feet, cuticles, and even slugging! 

Who can benefit from ceramides?

Ceramides are especially beneficial to those with a compromised barrier, caused by exposure to extreme environments, over-exfoliation, irritation, sun damage, etc. Additionally, around the age of 30, the skin begins to naturally produce less ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids. As a result the skin barrier can become weakened and more prone to dryness and irritation. A ceramide product, like our ceramide barrier serum or ceramide recovery balm can help replenish those ceramides and keep skin looking healthy. 

Are ceramides safe to use during pregnancy?

All of our products are formulated to be effective yet gentle; but if you’re expecting, we recommend showing our ingredient lists to your doctor or dermatologist to confirm safety for you specifically!