You may have heard the claims on commercials of certain cosmetic products containing "ceramides." They make it sound like ceramides are good things, but don't give much explanation as to how they help your skin. So what exactly are ceramides? And why is goat milk a great source of ceramides?
What Are Ceramides?
Ceramides are a type of lipid (fat molecule) that play an important role in the structure and function of your skin. They are an essential component to the protective barrier of your skin, also known as the stratum corneum. This protective layer prevents excess moisture loss and protects your skin from harsh environmental factors.
To provide a more visual representation of what ceramides do, think of your skin cells like little bricks. There is a lipid matrix between those cells that serves as a "mortar" to maintain the integrity of the skin barrier. Ceramides make up a significant portion of this lipid matrix that holds every together.
How Do Ceramides Help Your Skin?
Ceramides serve several primary functions in the skin:
1) Moisture Retention
By preventing excess water loss, ceramides help to preserve moisture in your skin. This keeps the skin hydrated and allows it to maintain elasticity.
2) Barrier Function
As mentioned above, ceramides help to form a protective barrier on your skin. This protective barrier not only maintains essential skin moisture, but it prevents harmful substances and microbes from entering.
3) Structural Support
As an integral part of the "mortar" that holds your skin cells together, ceramides provide structural support to the skin. This helps the skin maintain flexibility and suppleness.
Ceramides aid in the skin's natural healing process. They greatly contribute to the repair of your skin after damage from injuries.
Does Goat Milk Include Ceramides?
Goat milk is a great source of ceramides for your skin! Although ceramides are naturally-present in your skin, their levels can decrease as you age or as your skin is exposed to harsh environmental factors.
If you have naturally-dry skin or struggle with skin issues, you likely have a compromised skin barrier. Using products like our goat milk soap can help you maintain the ceramide levels your skin needs to stay soft and healthy.
While all of our goat milk soaps are exceptionally moisturizing, we especially like our Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey Goat Milk Soap to replenish our skin after a long day of working outside. The oatmeal helps to gently exfoliate dead skin cells while the other ingredients replenish those essential lipids that your skin needs.
*It is important to note that individual responses to skin care products may vary. You should always consult with a licensed healthcare professional if you are having persistent skin issues.