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The primary defense barrier of your skin is the stratum corneum which consists of a lipid mixture containing 40 to 50% Ceramides. Ceramides build the “mortar” for protecting the “skin brick wall”. Ceramide levels decline as we age and as we expose our skin to aggressive environmental factors and cleansing agents; ceramides levels also are compromised in dry and sensitive skin.
Our skin-identical ceramides are produced sustainably based upon organic Mediterranean olive oil which is rich in healthy unsaturated fatty acids; ceramides are produced by biofermentation of a sphingoid base (phytosphingosine) followed by coupling with unsaturated fatty acids from organic olive oil (rich in oleic and linoleic acid); the resulting ceramides have the same stereo-chemical configuration as the ceramides that are naturally present in our skin.
The outermost layer of the Epidermis (Stratum Corneum) functions as protector (prevents excessive water loss), defender (first line of defense against pathogenic microorganisms) and gate keeper (selective transport of molecules inside-out and outside-in). An optimal lipid architecture with intact ceramide levels in your outer skin layer is crucial for skin barrier properties. Ceramides also have additional functions in the skin such as mediating cell-to-cell communication and adhesion, stimulating antimicrobial peptide production, etc.
The skin-identical ceramides in our body balms replenish declining skin ceramide levels, thus repairing the skin barrier function and enhancing moisture levels. They help to rebalance damaged skin, support dry skin recovery, and promote skin comfort.
Ceramides have also been clinically proven to significantly increase skin hydration with consistent use, resulting in softer, smoother, more flexible and healthier-looking skin.