What are ceramides?
I could give you a scientific definition, but your head might explode. So, since I’m a good person, I will spare you the mess and give you the basics of ceramides and why they’re important.
[Clears throat, adjusts glasses…] Ceramides, which make up about half of your skin’s composition, are a waxy lipid/fatty acid naturally found in your skin, and they create a water-impermeable, protective layer that helps prevent excessive water loss via evaporation. They also create a barrier against microorganisms (like dry air, pollution, etc.) trying to enter the skin.
Cool, ceramides are the shit, great lesson, end of blog, right? Not so fast.
Yes, ceramides are the shit...the problem is, they don’t last forever. Aging, sun damage, smoking, seasonal changes, and even the “M word” (don’t make me say it) deplete the ceramides found in your skin, which can compromise that delicate barrier.
Once that barrier is down, you’re looking at dry skin, irritation, an overall decline in your skin’s health. Oh...fine lines and wrinkles, too. Dehydrated skin causes that, you know. And we certainly do NOT need any more of THAT in our lives, am I right?
The bottom line: the health of your skin barrier is important, and you need to maintain it!
[But Sonia, how can I do this?]
It’s simple...thanks for asking. All you need to do is work a ceramide serum, like, I don’t know...some of my miraculous Water Elixir serum...into your daily routine!
How? Don’t worry about that for now--you can learn each step by clicking right here.
In the meantime, I’ll explain what my Water Elixir is and does and why you need it.
What Is Water Elixir?
My Water Elixir is a water essence--which is a fancy way of saying that it’s a light, liquid moisturizer and ceramide serum in one that helps your parched desert skin feel normal again. Water Elixir helps relieve dehydration, dryness, redness, and malnourishment in your skin and helps sensitive skin repair a compromised skin barrier.
The formula’s nano ceramides and hyaluronic acid work to keep your skin plump, hydrated, and comfortable. And that kicks ass because it reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Woot!
Water Elixir is also a great mixing medium that can turn any makeup product into a beautiful cream. Plus, it improves the skin's texture so that makeup lays nicely on the skin.
Why Use Water Elixir?
Most importantly, you want the extra layer of hydration in your skin to maintain that healthy barrier. This is especially necessary when you live in dry areas--hot or cold. Water Elixir gives you that extra hydration whether you live in a hut in the middle of the Sahara or in an igloo at the North Pole.
Water Elixir is really going to help your skin plump up the fine lines and wrinkles, and it's also going to help improve the texture of your skin in one application.
Probably my favorite thing about Water Elixir though is that it helps calm down the redness of your skin.
Because when you calm the redness of your skin before makeup, it really helps the foundation go on much better, and you won't have to wear as much makeup because that redness isn't going to peek through.
But another awesome thing about Water Elixir (I know, there are a lot!) is that it works on pretty much any skin type and condition in any climate:
- Mature skin
- Sun-drenched skin
- Skin with light to moderate rosacea
- Sensitive skin
- Oily skin
- Combination skin
- Normal skin
- Smoker's skin
- Skin that has just been a little bit neglected (I’m looking at you, COVID...)
One of the unsung benefits of Water Elixir? It really is makeup’s best friend. Or maybe a second-best friend...it’s definitely your skin’s best friend.
Using Water Elixir as part of your skin prep routine not only reduces skin redness, but it also cuts down on the amount of product you have to use. And this helps you achieve a skin-like finish with your foundations.
But that’s just a bonus! The real reason for our lesson on ceramides today is skin barrier health and the importance of hydration.
If you weren’t familiar with ceramides before, I hope you are now. They’re super-important for the health of your skin and also its appearance. After all, you don’t want to look like that leathery grandma you see on every beach. Or George Hamilton. Google him, kids.