What are ceramides and why are they important?

Ceramides are natural lipids or fats that build up the skin structure and are majorly found in the epidermis, the outer skin layer. Ceramides are essential for a healthy skin as they aid in skin moisturization, maintain a healthy well-functioning skin barrier, prevent irritation caused by entry of foreign pathogens and dehydration.

What are the benefits of incorporating them into your skincare routine?

Ceramides are fit for people with aging and dry skim. Incorporating ceramides in your skincare routine can enhance moisture retention as it creates a barrier on the skin lowering dryness and eczema.

People with healthy skin can used products containing ceramides to better skin cells health, prevent skin from environmental pathogen or delay the premature aging symptoms.

What role do ceramides play in healing the skin (particularly when it comes to inflammatory skin conditions)?

Ceramides increase skin hydration and moisturization which alleviates irritation and swelling on the skim. It also lowers dryness, itching and skin redness caused by inflammation.  

Can you talk about the “3 essential ceramides”? And is there any single type of ceramide that is truly best for the skin overall?

Of the 9 different types of ceramides, ceramides 1, 3 and 6-11 are considered the most essential for skincare and work together to maximize the efficiency of this amazing ingredient.

In what instances would you recommend ceramides vs. hyaluronic acid vs. niacinamide

I would recommend ceramides and hyaluronic acids for people with dry skin while niacinamide works best for oily or clogged skin pores.  

I’m going to touch very briefly on ceramides for hair. Any input on the benefits

Using hair products with ceramides can strengthen and repair the damaged hair strands which improves the structure and overall appearance.

Any product recs?

I highly recommend Eucerin Dry Skin Intensive Lotion, Medik8 Advanced Night restore and Drunk Elephant Micellar water ceramide lotions and serums.

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