What are Ceramides & How Do They Benefit the Skin?


Ceramides are natural lipids (oils) found within the skin that make up over 50 per cent of the skin’s composition. Ceramides are an essential part of maintaining the skin’s balance as they help shield the skin from dehydration and protect against external and environmental irritants. Without the correct balance of ceramides, the skin’s barrier can become compromised and start showing signs of dryness and damage. 

What Are Ceramides?

Ceramides are a key component of your skin; they make up the outer layer and help protect against skin damage. To demonstrate this, think of the most external layer of your epidermis (stratum corneum) as a protective brick structure. Each brick or cell (corneocyte) is maintained by its ratio of intercellular lipids, a formula consisting of ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids which help bind the three elements together. These three elements make up the outer layer of your skin and are the body’s first line of defence while also sealing in moisture within the skin.

Levels of ceramide production can diminish as you age. This may be a result of environmental damage, especially sun damage which is a key culprit in reducing the quantity of ceramides naturally occurring within the skin. With a low supply of ceramides, the skin’s protective barrier is weakened and holes within the ‘brick wall’ can begin to occur. This compromised skin barrier allows moisture to escape and external aggressors like pollutants and allergens to penetrate the skin and cause irritation and damage. 

The ceramides in CeraVe
CeraVe Australia Family of products

Ceramides’ Skin Benefits

There are many benefits to selecting skincare products with ceramides. Topically applied ceramides in skincare will help strengthen the natural skin barrier, allowing the skin to maintain its moisture and elasticity.

CeraVe’s skincare range has been developed with dermatologists to create products formulated with ceramides that reflect natural and human skin-identical ceramides. This formula incorporates ceramides 1, 3 and 6-II, fatty acids and other important lipids, a special compound for those looking to achieve nourished and healthy looking skin.

Maintaining a balanced supply of three essential ceramides through skincare products will see skin moisturised and hydrated with visibly reduced signs of ageing. Apply skincare products formulated with three essential ceramides to achieve a youthful and brighter looking complexion.

Three Essential Ceramides in Your Skin Care Routine

As all CeraVe products contain three essential ceramides, choosing the right skincare products will depend on your skin type and any other skin concerns you may have.

Start your skincare routine with a facial cleanser, such as the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser that is suitable for normal to dry skin. After cleansing, apply a facial moisturiser such as the CeraVe AM Facial Moisturising Lotion with SPF15, a day time moisturiser that provides hydration throughout the day. Be sure to also moisturise your body following cleansing. The CeraVe Moisturising Cream is suitable for dry to very dry skin on the body, and the CeraVe Moisturising Lotion has a non-greasy, lightweight formula that is ideal for daily application.