What Are Ceramides? How Do They Affect Your Skin?

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Ceramide lipids anti-aging

I’m sure you’ve heard the term but what exactly are ceramides?  The term gets used a lot in the context of skin care.  Let’s dig in and understand what these things are.  And if they really make a difference in skin care products.  My personal experience is ceramides work wonders in skin care but the question to be answered is how and why?  If you know the answer to this, you can certainly impress your friends and family with this information!

What are ceramides?

Ceramides are naturally occurring lipids in our skin.   They are a type of oily wax that forms a barrier in the upper layers of our skin.  Ceramides play an important role in helping our skin retain water and they also help repair our skin’s natural barrier.  Like many other substances, as we age, we produce less ceramides and this can result in wrinkles and dry skin.  (One day, I know I’ll find something positive in our body that happens with aging!)  Ceramide production can also decline as a result of genetics and environmental factors.

Without getting into excruciating scientific detail, ceramides are structures that are linked to a fatty acid.  There are at least 9 different types found but not all of them are found in the human body.  As I mentioned earlier, what is found in the human body is a ceramide and it occurs in the skin.  Phytoceramides are another type that are found in yeast, plants and some mammals.  Synthetic ceramides are lab manufactured to mimic what is found in nature.  Finally, there are psuedo-ceramides and these are lipids similar to ceramides but slightly different in structure and usually these are also lab manufactured. Ok, that’s a lot of stuff to take in so let’s leave it at that.  This should give you a good idea of what ceramides are, their purpose, and where they exist in and out of nature.

Will ceramides in skin care products make a positive difference?

There are ceramide pills or capsules available but research on whether or not this is beneficial to our skin is limited.  The FDA indicates they are a safe supplement to take but nothing indicates oral ceramides are truly effective.  There is a lot of research that has been conducted on topical ceramides and skin care.  Research shows our bodies can definitely benefit from using skin care solutions like those from Curel® with their Advanced Ceramide Complex.  This is what I’ve been using for myself and my youngest son with eczema.  We use the Curel Hydratherapy Wet Skin Formula and it contains ceramides.

Curel Advanced Ceramide

Since dry, irritated skin is often found to be depleted of ceramides, this makes it harder for the outer layer of our skin to retain moisture.  Traditional lotions whether they are inexpensive or from luxury lines usually just hydrate our skins surface.  Curél® moisturizers with Advanced Ceramide Complex work at the source of dryness to strengthen our skin’s moisture retaining capacity.  The products with the Advanced Ceramide Complex do not just relieve itching and visible dryness but actually, over time, prevent symptoms from recurring as the skin barrier is repaired and strengthened.  This is the reason I am diligent in using the Curel Hydratherapy Wet Skin Moisturizer with ceramides to manage eczema for my youngest son.  I know I’m not only providing immediate relief but building a stronger skin barrier to prevent future eczema episodes.

Curel Ultra Healing Lotion with Ceramides

Curel Daily Moisture with Ceramides

Synthetic ceramides are identical to those we naturally produce in our skin. When applied topically, it has been proven they can penetrate the upper layers of the skin.   Ceramides are found in small quantities in nature so those in skin care products are usually synthetic.  And that’s perfectly fine as they are just as effective!  Other ingredients in ceramide formulas can determine their efficacy and in looking at the Curel formula, ingredients necessary to ensure penetration of our skin do exist.  If you want to get into the nitty gritty, The Textbook of Cosmetic Dermatology explains in detail about ceramides and formulations that ensure skin absorption.  If you compare ingredients that ensure efficacy of the skin absorption with ingredients in Curel’s ceramide products, you will find several matches to the article I shared with you.  I already did this homework so you don’t have to.

Curel Itch Defense Lotion with Ceramides

*Not pictured: Curel Sensitive Skin Lotion with Advanced Ceramide Complex

Curel Skincare – The Ceramide Difference

You can be confident with Curel that you are getting a product that is going to do what it is intended to for your skin.  Curel has been a trusted brand in my household for many years and it will be for many years to come.  Curel maintains excellent documentation on their website and you can visit their site and read more about the importance of ceramides in skin care along with some of the recent research findings here.   They have done a great job compiling information for all different levels of consumers.   It’s nice to see this from a brand because it lets you know the brand is confident in their product and what they are delivering to consumers.


Are you using a skin care product that contains ceramides and have you tried the amazing products from Curel?  Tell me all about your skin care secrets!

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9 thoughts on “What Are Ceramides? How Do They Affect Your Skin?

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    1. I am using WordPress, yes. You don’t need any coding knowledge. If you set up your blog on WordPress.com, their template will get you started and it’s super easy! Go to WordPress.com and just set up your account and you’ll be off and running in no time. As you get more experienced, you could move to self-hosting as this blog is….

  2. Skin care products that contain exact ratio of ceramides, fatty acids and cholesterol are effective to build the skin natural barrier against the moisture loss and beneficial for treating some bad skin conditions especially eczema.

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