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Ceramides - What are they and how can they help my skin?
Ceramides are a family of waxy lipid molecules. A ceramide is composed of sphingosine and a fatty acid. Ceramides are found in high concentrations within the cell membrane of eukaryotic cells, since they are component lipids that make up sphingomyelin, one of the major lipids in the lipid bilayers. (source: Wikipedia)
Did you know that ceramides makeup 50% of the stratum corneum?
Ceramide is the main component of the stratum corneum of the epidermis layer of human skin. Together with cholesterol and saturated fatty acids, ceramide creates a water-impermeable, protective organ to prevent excessive water loss due to evaporation as well as a barrier against the entry of microorganisms. Ceramide VI is the most abundant ceramide of the skin, along with ceramide II, and has been exploited to model the organization of the stratum corneum lipidic network.
The stratum corneum is composed of 50% ceramides, 25% cholesterol, and 15% free fatty acids.
As we age, or experience loss of moisture (as seen in the graphic) our skin loses these components.
This will lead to moisture loss, sagging, lines and collagen and elastin loss.
Supplementing your skin care with Ceramide based products can be really helpful!
The best news is that our Ceramides are VEGAN! Plant based ceramides!
Stay Tuned! We will be releasing a new hand cream soon with ceramides for your winter hand needs!
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