Sunday 7 December 2014

Ingredients 101: Ceramides

Natural or Synthetic: Natural and synthetic

The Science: Ceramides are a major component of our skin's surface. They are a family of waxy lipid molecules that hold skin cells together, forming a protective layer that plumps the skin and retains moisture, keeping skin supple and healthy.

Unfortunately ceramide levels decline with age, so over time our skin becomes drier and signs of ageing become even more apparent. If that's not bad enough, declining ceramide levels will inevitably cause a weakening in the skin's barrier function, making skin more susceptible to damage.

So you won't be surprised to learn that beauty boffins eventually created synthetic ceramides that replicate those found in our own cells...

Beauty Benefits: These synthetic ceramides are used in skincare to replenish the natural lipids lost with age and exposure to free radicals. When applied topically, ceramides restore moisture, strengthen skin’s natural barrier and help protect it from environmental damage.

Synthetic ceramides make the perfect skincare ingredient as they replicate a natural component already found in our skin. So, as a result, our skin is less likely to reject the ingredient and become irritated or inflamed.

Warnings: Ceramides are safe to use topically

Found in: Elizabeth Arden's Flawless Future Caplet Serum 30ml (£48.00 Debenhams / $60.00 Macy's). This gel-like serum applies easily, absorbs quickly and feels weightless on the skin. It deeply hydrates the skin and noticeably brightens it, leaving you fresh faced and fabulous!
Elizabeth Arden's Flawless Future Caplet Serum
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