17 Jun Ceramides Benefits In Skin Care Products
Ceramides benefits in skin care products
Ceramides benefits in skin care products is nothing short of impressive. In an effort to understand ceramides benefits in skin care products, let’s take a look at what they are:
“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 cells. They are one of the component lipids that make up sphingomyelin, one of the major lipids in the lipid bilayer. Contrary to previous assumptions that ceramides and other sphingolipids found in cell membrane were purely supporting structural elements, ceramide can participate in a variety of cellular signaling: examples include regulating differentiation, proliferation, and programmed cell death (PCD) of cells.
The word ceramide comes from the Latin (wax) and amide. Ceramide is a component of vernix caseosa, the waxy or cheese-like white substance found coating the skin of newborn human infants.” Note from Nanci – doesn’t sound so great, but it is!
So when we are born, our skin’s surface is loaded (literally coated) with protective ceramides. Their function is to keep skin strong and healthy. They not only protect against loss of moisture, they also support our skin’s matrix, keeping it supple and firm.
The NCN Profesional SkinCare products that contain a hefty amount of ceramides:
As with many components of what our bodies are made up of, ceramide production slows with age and we start to see our skin aging with the lovely signs of sagging and wrinkles. Our skin thins with age and the outer layer of our skin doesn’t retain moisture like it did when we were younger.
So what can we do about it? Replenish the ceramides in our skin. Hence my article about Ceramides Benefits in Skin Care Products.
Applying ceramides topically to our skin definitely improves our skin’s moisture barrier keeping it more hydrated; less dry.
Applying ceramides to our skin improves skin by:
- Increasing moisture retention.
- Working as a free radical inhibiter.
- Inhibiting the elastase enzymes that normally destroy elastin.
- Improving skin suppleness.
- Keeping skin from flaking, itching and dryness.
- Delaying PCD (programmed cell death) to keep us younger looking as we age.
I hope you enjoyed my article on Ceramides Benefits in Skin Care Products. Thank you! Nanci xo