First, what are exactly are ceramides? A quick science lesson: Ceramides are polar lipids, key lipids that are naturally present in our skin cells. They make up the barrier between the outside environment and our body, locking in moisture and protecting our skin from damage.
If you think of the skin barrier as “bricks and mortar”, ceramides are part of the mortar holding it all together—50 percent in fact. They play a huge role in keeping your skin moisturized, glowing, and youthful. That is of course, until they don’t. If you want to get to the root of wrinkles and dry skin, look to the loss of ceramides.
As we age, we naturally stop producing as many ceramides, compromising the skin barrier—and it shows. Without the glue to hold our skin together environmental toxins can get in and moisture can get out, yikes. Dry skin, irritation, and wrinkles can all be blamed on declining ceramides. Plus, many other skin conditions, like psoriasis and eczema have been linked to low ceramide levels.