Ceramides are a type of lipid molecule that naturally occur in the skin and are essential for maintaining the skin barrier function. The skin barrier is the outermost layer of the skin that protects the skin from external environmental stressors, such as pollution, UV radiation, and bacteria, and also helps to retain moisture in the skin.
Think of ceramides as the glue that holds our skin cells together to keep our skin barrier intact and healthy. Our ceramide levels drop significantly in the winter, meaning our skin loses more water. Studies have shown that the combination of ceramides (found in the Superplant Body Serum+) and fatty acids like Omegas 3 & 6 (found in the Supervitamin Body Wash+) is even more effective than each ingredient alone.
When the skin barrier is compromised, it can lead to a variety of skin concerns, including dryness, dullness, and a lack of glow. Ceramides can help to restore the skin barrier by replenishing the natural lipids that are lost due to age, environmental stressors, and other factors.
By improving the skin barrier function, ceramides can help to increase skin hydration, reduce transepidermal water loss, and improve overall skin health. This can lead to a more radiant, glowing complexion that looks and feels healthy and youthful.
Ceramides are naturally found in the skin and are also present in some foods. While it is not possible to consume ceramides directly from food, there are some foods that can help to support the production of ceramides in the skin.
Here are some natural foods that can help to support healthy ceramide production in the skin:
- Whole grains: Whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, and oats contain high levels of phytoceramides, which are plant-derived ceramides.
- Fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables such as apples, spinach, and tomatoes contain antioxidants that help to protect the skin from damage and promote healthy ceramide production.
- Nuts and seeds: Nuts and seeds such as almonds, walnuts, and chia seeds contain healthy fats that help to support the skin's natural barrier function and promote healthy ceramide production.
- Bone broth: Bone broth contains collagen and other nutrients that help to support skin health, including ceramide production.