With my allergic contact dermatitis (a form of eczema), keeping my skin moisturized and healthy is a big priority. Not only do creams and lotions help in this way, but they also create a barrier between my skin and the world. Last month, I received an email from a lad over at Earth Science. He told me about this new lotion they've got that has plant-based ceramides. His dermatologist had actually brought ceramides to his attention when treating him for icthyosis vulgaris (dry, scaly skin). The Earth Science guy took that information, shook it around in his brain and the result?
They even put an extra special touch on when they mailed it to me: So, after a couple weeks of using only this lotion (as far as lotions go), I must say: I love it! My skin didn't react to it negatively at all. They were nice enough to look into the things I'm allergic to which can be hidden: propylene glycol and hydrogenated oil. And the product doesn't have either one! :-)
Here were my thoughts on the ceramide lotion:
- Texture: on the spectrum of lotion thickness, this definitely leans toward the thicker side. Creams are always the thickest, but this is pretty good for a lotion.
- Smell: Nada
- Effectiveness: It keeps my skin nice and moisturized, so I can't complain! I especially like using right after a shower to lock in the moisture.
What are Ceramides and What Do They Do?
Ceramides are lipid molecules (fatty acids) that are found in high concentrations in the membrane of skin cells. Ceramides serve many important roles in the skin, including regulating the differentiation, proliferation and apoptosis (death) of cells. They are also essential components of the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum is the primary barrier of the skin. It has protective functions including keeping foreign substances out of the body, and keeping water (moisture) in. The stratum corneum contains three types of lipids: ceramides, cholesterol and free fatty acids that together form glycophospholipids. Healthy skin has the right balance and proportion of these lipids.
Why are Ceramides Important? Studies show that dry and damaged skin is often linked to a reduction in ceramide levels in the skin. Reduced ceramide levels make it difficult for the skin to retain moisture. It has also been established that sufferers of certain skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis have reduced or imbalanced ceramide levels. The successful healing effects of ceramides have been found in studies of eczema and psoriasis.
How Ceramide Healthy Skin Lotion Really Works
Ceramide Healthy Skin Lotion contains plant ceramides, lecithin and essential fatty acids that together create the glycophospholipids that help to restore skin to its optimum state. With regular use it can improve the skin’s moisture-retaining capacity, actually returning the skin to a healthier condition. It also contains other important ingredients that contribute to the effectiveness and wonderful texture of the formula, including shea butter (a rich moisturizer) and hemp oil, which has been shown to stimulate ceramide production in the skin.
And also, here are the ingredients: Aqua, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Dimethicone, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbic Acid, Glycosphingolipids (Plant Ceramides), Allantoin, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ulva Lactuca (Sea Lettuce) Extract, Yeast Extract, Lecithin, Organic Algae Extract, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Sorbitol, Citric Acid.
Have you tried this lotion yet? What do you think? I love it.
Some lotions are incredibly thin and greasy and this one definitely isn't.