Ingredient Highlight: Ceramides
Nov 2, 2021 · 3 min read
Dry, irritated skin. Psoriasis. Eczema. They’re not pleasant, but they are common.
And to help people fight them, Cosmetic Creators from all over turn to several ingredients—including today’s Ingredient Highlight subject, ceramides.
What Are Ceramides?
If you’ve ever looked into the biology of skincare, then you’ve probably come across the family of molecules known as ceramides.
Ceramides are a family of fatty acid molecules (“lipids”) that basically act as glue to hold skin cells together. They’re a key component of the outermost layer of skin, called the stratum corneum of the epidermis, which holds moisture in and other substances out. In other words, the layer built with ceramides keeps our skin waterproof.
But our skin can lose ceramides over time, resulting in dull-looking and dry skin. So some skincare brands add ceramides to their formulas on the theory that this will help replenish the body’s supply.
Research is needed to determine conclusively whether they work. But research suggests that eczema and psoriasis patients have lower levels of ceramides than usual, and it is hoped that topically applied ceramides may help soothe these and similar conditions.
And it’s possible that ceramides may even help with anti-aging efforts. Moisturizing the skin can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, so if ceramide products do add to the skin’s moisture barrier, then it stands to reason that they’d be a valuable tool for people who want to maintain youthful-looking skin.
What Products Commonly Contain Ceramides?
Skin cleansers, creams, lotions, and other moisturizing products are a natural fit for the ceramide family. Certain skincare brands, like CeraVe, prominently promote the healing benefits that they claim ceramides provide.
Ceramides can also be found in makeup. They are sometimes included in foundation and concealer—logical, as these products are spread over large areas of the bare face, as well as areas that wearers think could use extra attention.
They’re also sometimes added to shampoo and conditioner for dry hair.
Should I Put Ceramides In My Skincare Products?
There’s no single right answer to that question. It depends on what your goals are, who your target market is, what constraints (budgetary or otherwise) you’re working under, and other considerations.
But if you’re aiming to market a product for dry skin, ceramides could definitely be an ingredient worth considering.
Where Can I Learn More?
The Internet has plenty of great resources that go into depth about ceramides and skin, from quick explanations to more involved FAQs, on to highly technical scientific papers.
But you probably have specific, practical concerns on your mind: are ceramides right for my skincare products?
There’s no one right answer that covers every case, so we suggest that you talk with a formulation consultant. Here on Goldn, not only are we building useful tools, we’re nurturing collaboration between Cosmetic Creators and Suppliers. We’d love to be your first stop on the road to skincare success, so sign up today and find a consultant who can answer all your questions!
Richard Block is an editorial jack-of-all-trades at Goldn
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