Indexing Ingredients: What's The Deal With Ceramides


​Natural component of the skin's structure

​They make up a significant portion of the skin's outer layer and help maintain its barrier function to protect from external aggressors.

​Repair your skin after a "bad skin phase"

​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.

​It's all in the name

​The word 'ceramide' is derived from the Latin word 'cera', meaning wax. This reflects their waxy, lipid-like nature.

​They aid in healthy ageing of skin

​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.

​There are not 1, but 9 types of ceramides

​1 to 9, they are differentiated based on their molecular structures, influencing their functions and roles in maintaining the skin barrier.

​They can be synthesised or naturally sourced

​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.

​Celebrity favourite

​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.

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