They make up a significant portion of the skin's outer layer and help maintain its barrier function to protect from external aggressors.
If you've gone through a period of acne, if your skin has suffered barrier damage, ceramides can help heal it from the outside in and strengthen it.
The word 'ceramide' is derived from the Latin word 'cera', meaning wax. This reflects their waxy, lipid-like nature.
A decline in ceramide levels in the skin can contribute to dryness, fine lines, and a compromised skin barrier. Thus, supplementing your skincare routine with ceramides can help age slower.
1 to 9, they are differentiated based on their molecular structures, influencing their functions and roles in maintaining the skin barrier.
Based on the brand, you can fins ceramides that have been formulated in a lab or synthesised from natural sources like Wheat germ oil, soybeans, rice bran, sweet potatoes, and brown rice.
Most recently, A-listers such as Alia Bhatt and Black Lively and lifestyle influencer like Mira Kapoor have admitted to rely on ceramides to maintain skin health.