Let’s Talk Ceramides
Take it all the way back to that biology class in high school that you hated and think about lipids: naturally-occurring molecules such as fats and waxes. Lipids can be found throughout our bodies and they function as energy storehouses while also acting as chemical messengers; as a whole, lipids perform a wide variety of other vital tasks necessary to your body’s health. Ceramides are a certain kind of lipid, and they are found in the skin’s most vulnerable layer: the stratum corneum. As a part of this layer, and along with cholesterol and other fatty acids, ceramides form a sort of barrier to prevent water loss while also keeping out microorganisms. Stable levels of ceramides are essential for the health of your skin, without which we would not be able to function as complex organisms. This means that ceramides, these tiny molecules you may have never heard of, actually perform some of your body’s most essential functions. There does, however, come a problem with time: the depletion of ceramides due to aging. Any kind of loss, regardless of age, could end up leading to eczema or psoriasis, making it important for us to think about it in our skin care decisions. With time, our bodies produce less and less ceramides; this loss, along with that of collagen and elastin, can create problems. Firm and youthful skin requires healthy levels of ceramides, and one of the best ways to replenish these molecules is through skin care products. Pharmco Labs’ Spa Facial Hydrating Mask boosts collagen and elastin levels, while Advanced Care Moisturizer can be used as a way to replenish ceramides in your skin. Combine these advanced products and find out how to really make the most out of skin care.