What are Ceramides and What Do They Do?
Ceramides are lipid molecules (fatty acids) that are found in high concentrations in the membrane of skin cells. Ceramides serve many important roles in the skin, including regulating the differentiation, proliferation and apoptosis (death) of cells. They are also essential components of the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum is the primary barrier of the skin. It has protective functions including keeping foreign substances out of the body, and keeping water (moisture) in. The stratum corneum contains three types of lipids: ceramides, cholesterol and free fatty acids that together form glycophospholipids. Healthy skin has the right balance and proportion of these lipids.
Why are Ceramides Important?
Studies show that dry and damaged skin is often linked to a reduction in ceramide levels in the skin. Reduced ceramide levels make it difficult for the skin to retain moisture. It has also been established that sufferers of certain skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis have reduced or imbalanced ceramide levels. The successful healing effects of ceramides have been found in studies of eczema and psoriasis.
How Ceramide Healthy Skin Lotion Really Works
Ceramide Healthy Skin Lotion contains plant ceramides, lecithin and essential fatty acids that together create the glycophospholipids that help to restore skin to its optimum state. With regular use it can improve the skin’s moisture-retaining capacity, actually returning the skin to a healthier condition. It also contains other important ingredients that contribute to the effectiveness and wonderful texture of the formula, including shea butter (a rich moisturizer) and hemp oil, which has been shown to stimulate ceramide production in the skin.