Hello there lovely people and welcome back to AZ! We're back today with another 101 lesson for you guys, and this week it's all about ceramides. This is another term that we tend to hear thrown around a lot when it comes to beauty and skincare, but what exactly are they? Who do they affect? And what do they do? Well, we're here to fill you guys in! So, make a cup of tea, get comfortable, and keep reading for your ceramides 101 guide.

What are ceramides?

Ceramides are a class of fatty acids called lipids, helping to form around 50% of the outer layer of the skin, which is called the epidermis. Ceramides help the skin retain moisture as well as protecting it from irritants and pollution. When the skin doesn't produce enough ceramides, its barrier is weakened, which can lead to roughness, dryness, irritation and wrinkles. This happens as we grow older (from about the age of 20), gradually losing ceramides in our skin over time. Your ceramide levels can also be influenced by other factors such as the overuse of exfoliants, seasonal changes, environmental factors and, of course, your diet.

What exactly can ceramides do for your skin?

Ageing gracefully is a natural part of time passing us by, so we think you should fully embrace all the beautiful and wonderful changes that happen to your body and skin over the years. But, of course, there's nothing wrong with giving your skin a little treat along the way, right? Over time, as your ceramide levels naturally go down, your skin can start to feel a little less plump and supple, and you may start to notice it getting a little dry. Using a cleanser with ceramides to remove pollutants and build skin barrier, and moisturiser or serum rich in ceramides can have anti-ageing skin benefits as well as making your skin appear smoother and fuller. Luckily, you can also find this youth-giving miracle worker in a lot of toners, essences, masks, and facial treatments too! It's the answer to youthful, glowing, radiant-looking skin! (You can also nourish your body with ceramides by eating foods such as brown rice, soybeans and eggs. Pretty cool, huh?)

So that's it, ceramides 101. Sometimes surfing for information online can come up with some pretty overwhelming and confusing results, especially when it comes to the more scientific side of things! So we've tried to be just a little more concise and give you guys all the basic facts here today. Do you have any favourite products that give you a youthful ceramide boost? Let us know in the comments or follow us on Instagram at @azstory.uk to let us know there. Stay tuned for more beauty and skincare 101s here at AZ and we'll talk to you guys soon. Ciao!

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