SCI­ENCE CLUB – your es­sen­tial ce­ramides mas­ter­class

Hello ce­ramides, good­bye dry skin. Elise Wil­son brings us a les­son on a proven es­sen­tial in­gre­di­ent.

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With all the essences, pep­tides, retinol and hyaluronic acid in your bath­room cab­i­net, you'd be for­given for think­ing you need a sci­ence de­gree to un­der­stand skin­care these days. The not-so­good news is, you're go­ing to need to add ce­ramides to that list of need-to-know in­gre­di­ents. The good news? Ac­cord­ing to the ex­perts, they're well worth it.

“Ce­ramides are a type of lipid proven to in­crease the skin's hy­dra­tion and bar­rier func­tion,” says El­iz­a­beth Arden na­tional train­ing man­ager Sh­eryll Thomp­son. “To­gether with other lipids [such as fatty acids and choles­terol], they play a cru­cial role in main­tain­ing the strength of the skin's lipid bar­rier, keep­ing it hy­drated, firm, plump and sup­ple by pre­vent­ing wa­ter loss.”

Found in the out­er­most layer of the epi­der­mis, ce­ramides nat­u­rally be­gin to de­cline when we're as young as 30. “Be­tween the ages of 21 and 30, your skin may still be at 100 per cent ce­ramide vol­ume,” says Thomp­son. “How­ever, from there it can de­cline to around 62 per cent, and in your for­ties that num­ber drops again to 37 per cent – so it's vi­tal to re­plen­ish ce­ramides.”

Of course, the en­vi­ron­ment also plays a part in the con­di­tion of our skin, says Caroline Parker, head of ed­u­ca­tion at Der­ma­log­ica. For ex­am­ple, she says, “If we've been spend­ing time out­side in very cold, very hot or very dry weather, our skin can be­come itchy or feel dry and scaly.”

Luck­ily, we can re­turn what's lost to the skin by way of top­i­cal skin­care. “It's im­por­tant to make sure we're in­clud­ing healthy fats and oils in our diet, but the top­i­cal ap­pli­ca­tion of ce­ramides is needed to help re­lieve dry­ness and ir­ri­ta­tion quickly, “says Parker. “It works so much faster than wait­ing to see the ef­fects of boost­ing lev­els orally.”

When it comes to what prod­ucts to choose, you can look to in­clude ce­ramides in any part of your skin­care reg­i­men – in serums, mois­turis­ers or masks. “Our new El­iz­a­beth Arden Ad­vanced Ce­ramide Cap­sules con­tain ce­ramides, choles­terol and fatty acids to cre­ate a seal around the skin cells so mois­ture doesn't es­cape,” says Thomp­son. With the re­sults clin­i­cally proven to take up to 10 years off – we're start­ing now!

“To­gether with other lipids, ce­ramides play a cru­cial role in main­tain­ing the strength of the skin’s lipid bar­rier, keep­ing it hy­drated, firm, plump and sup­ple.”

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Clock­wise from top left: 1. El­iz­a­beth Arden

Ad­vanced Ce­ramide Cap­sules Daily Youth Restor­ing Eye Serum 60, $115. 2. Medik8 Hydr8 Eye 360 SPF30, $120. 3. Sk­in­med­ica TNS Ce­ramide Treat­ment Cream, $120. 4. Glam­glow

Glow­starter Mega Il­lu­mi­nat­ing Mois­tur­izer, $78. 5. Kate Somerville

Line Re­lease Un­der Eye Re­pair Cream, $198. 6. Mario Bade­scu Herbal Hy­drat­ing Serum, $47. 7. El­iz­a­beth Arden Ad­vanced Ce­ramide Cap­sules Daily Youth Restor­ing Serum 60, $150. 8. Per­ri­cone MD Neu­ropep­tide Night Cream, $407. 9. Der­ma­log­ica

Overnight Re­pair Serum, $119. 10. Dr Den­nis Gross

Clin­i­cal Con­cen­trate Radiance Booster, $108.

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