Ceramides are renowned for their benefits to the skin and scalp. These heterogeneous lipids, with numerous virtues, are offered in various galenic forms (serum, cream, lotion, hair mask, shampoo...). They are naturally present in the human body. However, how are they produced in the field of skincare and haircare?
How are ceramides produced?
Ceramides, ingredients naturally present in your body
The human body naturally contains ceramides. These are natural lipids whose moisturising properties are essential. Natural ceramides are located just between the skin cells and the horny layer. These active ingredients make up 50% of your skin. They are known under different names in the INCI list. The role of ceramides is to protect your epidermis against the various aggressions it may encounter during a day. They also help to hydrate it properly. When your body no longer produces ceramides, targeted problems can appear. The skin can become dull, dry and lacklustre. If this is the case, it is necessary to use a care product concentrated in ceramides to regain healthy skin.
The production of ceramides in skincare
The ceramides used in skincare are derived from fruit sugars or vegetable oils, specifically jojoba oil and sunflower oil. They undergo fermentation and several chemical transformations in the laboratory. The fermentation process involves breaking down the molecules into nutrients that can be absorbed by the skin. The skincare products can also be obtained following a synthesis process. In this case, other procedures are developed. The ingredients are combined to create molecules suitable for sensitive skin. All transformation steps are carried out with care to preserve the benefits of these active ingredients. A unique feature of ceramides is their suitability for every skin type. However, those with a specific skin concern are the primary users. In hair care, ceramides follow the same process. The difference lies in the concentration level. Shampoos and hair masks sometimes have a high acid content. The reason for this is that they still need to be rinsed off after application.