Anyone struggling to get rid off dry skin, eczema or even psoriasis might be lacking the vital component called ceramides in their skincare routine, according to experts. Ceramides are produced by the skin, but the levels tend to decrease with age - the skin produces fewer ceramides already after the age of twenty. The levels can also be negatively affected by anything that strips the natural oils of the skin, such as using products that are too harsh for the skin, or simple changes in weather. A lot of people suffer from dry and irritated skin during the cold winter months, and this could be an effect from a drop in the levels of ceramide.
Ceramide is a type of fat molecule, and they help the skin retain moisture acting as a barrier protecting the skin from external stressors like air pollution, keeping the skin from becoming dehydrated and dry. As soon as the ceramide levels are dropping, the skin will show a noticeable change; namely becoming irritated and in some cases even develop signs of eczema.
As reported by Allure, there are plenty of things to be done to try and boost the ceramide production and keep the skin looking smooth and hydrated. Just like all things skincare, the wellbeing of the skin has a lot to with the diet since a big part of moisturizing the skin comes from the food and water intake. According to Beverly Hills dermatologist Harold Lancer, who spoke with Allure, some of the foods that might have a positive effect on the skin is lean protein, leafy greens, healthy fats such as avocado and coconut oil.
There are of course also an array of skincare products specifically created to boost ceramide levels, repair the skin barrier and generally hydrate the skin. Using these products will make the skin smoother and softer, and also those struggling with more difficult skin problems such as eczema or psoriasis can notice an improvement in the well being of their skin.
As with any trends and new reports regarding skincare, it is essential to keep in mind that everyone's skin is different and has different needs. Before making any drastic changes to the skincare routine, it is advisable to consult a dermatologist.