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Article: Elixir of Winter: The Science of Ceramides! What are those?

Elixir of Winter: The Science of Ceramides! What are those?

Ziemas eliksīrs: keramīdu zinātne! Kas tie ir?

Understanding about ceramics

Ceramides, wax-like lipid molecules, belong to a group of lipids or fats that make up the two main components of our skin's cell membranes. Tie dboth are present in the human skin, but their levels decrease with age, basically until the age of 40in(1). Ceramides are essential for all gendersand as well for keeping skin types healthy, and they're good for everyone, regardless of skin concerns.


Why are ceramics important?

Ceramides are essential for maintaining healthy skin of all genders and skin types, and are beneficial for everyone, regardless of skin concerns.


A crucial role in winter skin care!

Winter presents challenges as the harsh weather strips the skin of its natural moisture. Ceramides play an important role in strengthening the skin barrier, preventing moisture loss and protecting against environmental aggressors. (2).  Using ceramide-enriched skin care products is essential this season to combat dryness, flaking and maintain suppleness in the face.of.

In the cold embrace of winter, our skin faces a formidable opponent - a significant decrease in the level of ceramides, kasdepicted in a graph illustrating seasonal effects on ceramide levels in human skin (graph source: A.V. Rawlings, Skin Barrier, 2006). Ceramidesserves as the skin's natural protectors, forming a protective barrier against harsh weather conditions. In winter, this protective shield weakens, making the skin more sensitive to dryness and external stress factors.



Source of the diagram: A.V.Rawlings, Skin Barrier (2006), "Sources and Role of Stratum Corneum Hydration", 399-425.


The importance of the ratio of occlusive ingredients to skin lipids

Pay attention to the occlusive ingredients in the moisturizer - especially if you have dry skin or it shows signs of aging - for example, natural occlusive ingredients like lanolin, or synthetic ones like petrolatum and dimethicone, as well as possible microplastics (like acrylates). If they are combined with ceramides in a product, it is important to check that the 3:1:1 ratio of skin lipids to ceramides, free fatty acids and cholesterol is maintained. Without this balance, the product can be damaged human skin barrier, which can potentially increase dependence on these products and worsen skin problems over time (4).


What are the benefits to the skin barrier of using products containing ceramides?

Moisture Retention: Prevents moisture loss, keeping skin hydrated, smooth and supple.

Protective layer: forms a barrier that protects the skin from dehydration and environmental damage.

Anti-aging: Promotes anti-aging by keeping skin moist and supple(3).


Skin care product with ceramides

As we uncover the secrets of ceramides and their indispensable role in winter skin care, the next step towards a healthier complexion is using skincare products enriched with these lipid heroes. LABRAINS - specialists in the science of skin care - offers a range of products enriched with ceramides to meet the various demands of the skin.

We, the LABRAINS team, truly worried and we care about how your skin feels, and as a team of chemists we understand what works for skin and overall sensitivityin the long term. LABRAINS offers a range of skin care products enriched with ceramides to address different skin needs:



  1. Oil-to-Milk face cleansing oil-milk
  2. Renovation Sculptor cream
  3. Night Restoration Architect night cream
  4. ABC deeply nourishing cream
  5. DERMATREAT skin rejuvenating cream
  6. BB cream (all three shades)


As the winter season is in full swing, LABRAINS invites you to use skin care products saturated with ceramides.By including these nourishing products in your daily routine, you will provide your skin with the care it deserves, effectively fighting the problems caused by cold and dry weather.Discover the secret to healthier, more elastic facial skin with LABRAINS, ensuring that your skin is moisturized, elastic and protected all winter long.


Used scientific literature:

  1. Arawwawala, M., & Thabrew, I. (2017). In vivo and in vitro analysis of the cosmetic and medicinal potentials of Sri Lankan green tea. Current Bioactive Compounds, 13(4), 272–280. doi: 10.2174/1573407213666170209155941.
  2. Spada, F., Barnes, T. M., & Greive, K. A. (2018). Skin hydration is significantly increased by a cream formulated to mimic the skin’s own natural moisturizing systems. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, 11, 491–497. doi: 10.2147/CCID.S177697.
  3. Lee, B., & Jang, S. (2019). The Role of Ceramides in Skin Health and Their Use in Dermatology. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.
  4. Peter M. Elias (2022). Optimizing emollient therapy for skin barrier repair in atopic dermatitis. Journal of Science, 128(5).

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