If you’re always on the hunt for the next best moisturizer or skin care product to handle irritation or inflammation, then this may be the time to start thinking about what ceramides for skin can offer.
Before I get too carried away, let me explain what ceramides are. They are lipids found in skin cells of the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin. These fatty acids play a major role in locking in water and providing the needed barrier for keeping the skin hydrated and protected from environmental damage. Unfortunately, aging has a tendency to drain our natural supply of ceramides starting in our early 20s.
Even though you may not be experiencing dry or irritated skin to worry about this loss of ceramides, the quality of those lipids that are left in the skin is also altered. In fact, you can be speeding up the destruction of ceramides simply through your skin care practices such as being too zealous with exfoliation, harsh cleansers to weather exposure that can affect the skin’s pH levels.
Without even realizing it, your food choices and current diet could be lowering the supply of ceramides in your skin cells also. This can result in the skin wrinkling more easily or with deeper wrinkles and a rougher texture to your skin since that protective natural barrier would be compromised.
In order to give your skin more of a fighting chance to keep the ceramides intact, you should add more foods such as sweet potatoes, soybeans, dairy, eggs, and brown rice that are the best sources.
Another solution to get more ceramides is to look for it in your skin care products to amplify skin improvement. These products have a form of ceramide spelling with either a number of a few letters such as NS, NP, AP, EOP or NG with it. Also, look for a product that is in dark glass or one where light can’t pass through to keep the formula stable.
Given all that ceramides can do to keep your skin healthy and aging less, it helps not to neglect getting enough of them in your life.