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All about ceramides

You may have seen this term around in the skincare world, but what are ceramides? To put things simply, ceramides are one of the key building blocks of the surface layer of your skin. These lipids are an essential part of the skin’s natural protective barrier which helps keep pollution and impurities out while keeping moisture in.

What are the benefits of ceramides for skin? The ageing process, skin stressors and over-use or over-exposure to certain ingredients can lead to decreased ceramide levels and therefore a compromised skin barrier. Including products containing ceramides in your regular skincare regime can help support the skins natural barrier and avoid redness, sensitivity and moisture loss.

Why are ceramides suitable for dry skin types?

Ceramides can play a key part in how to care for dry and itchy-prone skin in winter including skin prone to mild eczema. When it comes to the skin benefits of ceramides, dry skin types including mild eczema-prone skin can benefit from skincare enriched with ceramides to support the skins natural moisture barrier keeping skin hydrated.

What are the different types of ceramides?

‘Ceramides’ is an umbrella term covering many different types of ceramides. Each type of ceramide has its own distinct functions and benefits for the skin. Here are the key roles and benefits of some of the main types of ceramides:

  • Ceramide 1: Binds cells together
  • Ceramide 2: Help capture and bind water to skin cells
  • Ceramide 3: May reduce dryness, benefiting dry skin types

Your skincare routine with ceramides for dry skin types

It’s important to know what to look for when searching for skincare products suitable for use on dry skin and skin prone to mild eczema. The ideal skincare routine for dry and dehydrated skin will consist of ultra-hydrating products enriched with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and ceramides. We’ve outlined a simple skincare routine suitable for dry skin types.

Wash your face with a gentle cleanser

When you’re looking for a suitable face wash, we recommend seeking out a hydrating face cleanser formula to avoid drying out your skin. Our CeraVe Hydrating Cream-to-Foam Cleanser gently cleans and removes pollutants and impurities without drying, making this ceramide enriched formula suitable for use on dry skin types. Use this cleanser with lukewarm (not hot) water and pat your skin dry instead of rubbing for optimal benefits.

Follow up with an efficacious face moisturiser

Hydration is especially important, so we recommend following up with a ceramide enriched face moisturiser after using your cleanser. Our CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion contains 3 essential ceramides to help support the skin’s natural protective barrier, as well as hyaluronic acid to help dry skin retain more moisture. Apply gently and liberally to your entire face and neck after cleansing each morning and night.

Apply a body moisturiser

A cream with ceramides can be beneficial to apply on the body as well as the face. Our CeraVe Moisturising Cream is a rich body moisturiser designed for dry to very dry skin. Utilising the same effective ingredients as our face moisturiser, this cream moisturises and helps support and maintain the protective skin barrier. Apply liberally on your body as needed, or morning and night. This formula is also suitable for use on eczema-prone skin.

Look after your hands

Your skincare routine should include all areas that need attention, including your hands. Smooth on our CeraVe Reparative Hand Cream, a non-greasy hand cream for dry, rough hands.Three essential ceramides and dimethicone help protect your hands and support the skin moisture barrier.

Don't forget your feet

Last but not least, feet can also benefit from skincare with ceramides. Our CeraVe Renewing SA Foot Cream exfoliates and moisturises to comfort and improve the texture of dry or rough skin. This formula is accepted by the National Eczema Association as suitable for use on mild eczema-prone skin and can be used as often as needed. Try using this cream before bed to moisturise feet while sleeping.

Now you're in the know about the benefit of ceramides for dry skin types, keep learning about how to care for your complexion by reading our next article on How To Improve and Smooth Skin Texture.

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