As the winter rages on and forecasters continue to promise colder weather with even more snow and ice, your ceramide levels are probably dropping. This drop leads to dehydrated skin commonly referred to as ashy skin which in turn can become even dryer and finally damaged skin if left untreated. Ceramides are natural fats (lipids) that are found in between our outer layer of skin cells (the stratum corneum) that acts as a “glue” that seals them together and keeps the dry skin at bay and that also are responsible for attracting and holding moisture in our skin. There are different ceramide types (numbered Ceramide-1 through) and six of them are commonly found in skin. Ceramides not only keep our skin sealed but protect our skin against germs as well. Healthy levels of ceramides mean that your skin is turning over the way it should and, therefore, is properly hydrated.
As we get older and when we are exposed to dry air, or even when the environment around us is harsh (pollution, etc.) our ceramide levels can drop. Also, people with eczema more often than not suffer from low levels of ceramides in their skin. To get your ceramides levels up in tough weather like the cold and sting of winter, you may have to replenish your ceramide levels artificially. To do that, all you need are some really good lotions and creams formulated with ceramides to build your skin back up to healthy levels. By using the right creams and lotions, over time after consistent daily application, you can go longer between applications and you’ll notice that your skin does not suffer for it.
As for those right lotions and creams, check out Head, Shoulders, Knees And Toes: The Best Lotions For Extremely Dry Skin and creams we recommend with ceramides.