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Ceramides & Hyaluronic Acid: Their Role in Achieving Beautiful Skin

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You've probably heard about ceramides and hyaluronic acid, and about how they can do a lot of good on the skin as a component of cosmetic products. But what exactly is hyaluronic acid, and what are the benefits of ceramides in creams? Here is the short answer - Ceramides and hyaluronic acid are both endogenous substances which, among other things, help create firmer, more supple skin. Read on to discover how the two substances make skin fresh and beautiful looking, what happens when you have a lack of ceramides and hyaluronic acid, and what you can do about it.

What Are Ceramides & Hyaluronic Acid, and What Functions Do They Have In Regards to Skin?

Ceramides and hyaluronic acid are important for the optimal functioning of the skin. They're both produced by the body, but act in different ways. Ceramides are lipids, which are fats that are produced in the sebaceous glands. Hyaluronic acid is a transparent, gel-like fluid that is not only produced in the skin but also in other areas of the body. Their concentration in the skin is particularly high.

Hyaluronic acid primarily binds water in the skin - more precisely, in the extracellular matrix. This area has ability to store several litres of fluid per gram. A high concentration of hyaluronic acid therefore means a high content of water, which makes the skin look and feel firm and plump. In addition, hyaluronic acid helps protects against damaging environmental influences and promotes cell renewal.

Ceramides ensure that transepidermal water loss does not occur too quickly by holding onto water in the skin. In addition, ceramides can reduce free radicals in the skin that may destroy elastin and collagen. Ceramides hold skin cells firmly together in the uppermost skin layer. This not only keeps the fluid in the skin but also protects and reinforces it from allergens and external aggressors. Ceramides are not only important for a healthy appearance, but also for a healthy functioning skin.

Cause & Consequences of a Lack of Ceramides and/or Hyaluronic Acid In The Skin

A lack of ceramides and hyaluronic acid is a consequence of the natural aging process. From the age of 25 the body gradually produces less of both. The consequences of this natural reduction is drier skin that appears less plump and shows wrinkles. Of course, this process varies by individual.

Other reasons for a low concentration of ceramides and hyaluronic acid in the skin are environmental factors, lifestyle and skin diseases. This affects the skin all over the body. Ambient temperature also has an influence on the fat production of the sebaceous glands; at low temperatures they produce less ceramides and the glandular glands contract. That is why many people have more issues with dry skin in winter.
Lacking in ceramides and hyaluronic acid isn't just a cosmetic problem - it can also have an impact on the skin. When skin is dry, the protective skin barrier can be impaired. This is why complaints such as dry skin patches, skin irritation, or even dermatitis can occur more readily

What Can Be Done About a Lack of Ceramides and/or Hyaluronic Acid?

In order to balance or prevent a lack of ceramides and hyaluronic acid, the following three measures are important: 

• A healthy lifestyle
• Dietary supplements
• Moisturising cosmetics.

A healthy lifestyle supports the natural regeneration of the skin. This includes drinking plenty of water, avoiding stress and getting enough sleep. Hot showers and internal heating deprive the skin of moisture. In winter, the skin is exposed to a frequent change between warm indoor air and cold outside air. It is therefore not surprising that the skin tends to dry out especially in this season. For those affected, it may be useful to use more nourishing moisturisers enriched with ceramides and hyaluronic acid.

Skin care products have a direct effect on the outermost layer of the skin, the epidermis, where the skin is not only able to absorb moisture, but retain it better as well.

The skin care range offered by CeraVe replenishes the skin with moisture immediately after the first application. For this purpose, CeraVe uses hyaluronic acid as well as three essential ceramides. These are the so-called ceramides 1, 3 and 6-II, which also occur naturally in the skin and are important for a protective skin barrier. In addition, CeraVe's products use MVE technology to provide to provide 24 hour hydration to the skin. The technology is based on many small globules in which ceramides and hyaluronic acid are stacked on top of each other like the skin of an onion, gradually releasing them over an extended period of time.