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November 01, 2019
Our newest release -The Ceramide Collection- contains some ingredients you may or may not have heard of before. Ceramides and Cholesterol are lipids that naturally occur in your skin and are very important for your skins’ moisture barrier. I’m going to tell you all about how we discovered them and our motivation for making these new formulas.
About one year ago when baby Fiya was two months old, she was suffering from some of THE WORST eczema I have ever seen in my decades in the skincare field. The poor baby was covered from her face to her belly in an angry, scaly, painful red rash (not really a surprise, I mean she’s MY baby after all...) We took her to see a specialist and he told me the only research proven, safe and steroid-free way to help her was to use a cream containing Ceramides and Cholesterol. He explained these ingredients make up 40% of the stratum corneum (the outer layer of the skin) and that people who are prone to various skin conditions have been shown in studies to have less Ceramides in their epidermis. Applying them daily would help strengthen her skin so she would be less likely to suffer from skin conditions.
This sounded amazing so I started to do a lot of research into Ceramides and I bought the cream he suggested from the drugstore. The cream was petroleum based and contained many preservatives and questionable ingredients, I was wary of trying it on her, but it was our only option. She instantly broke out in an angry, red rash and started screaming! My poor little baby, I felt so bad! I put the cream on my face and I also broke out into a burning rash. I searched out some more natural Ceramide creams from other natural-leaning cosmetic brands but unfortunately, they gave us a rash as well (not too surprising since we react poorly to preservatives and other chemicals, that’s why we created The Potion!) My research had convinced me that Ceramides would help her, so I was on the hunt for a natural, preservative free product containing Ceramides, Cholesterol, Fatty Acids and Humectants. As far as I could tell, it didn’t exist. So, I decided to create it.
We’ve formulated a water free (and therefore preservative free) formula that contains everything your skin needs. With Fatty Acids, Humectants, Ceramides, Cholesterol, and Occlusives, they (like all Potions) carry water moisture into your skin. They are the perfect formulas for sensitive skin and compromised moisture barriers.
So, what exactly do these ingredients do? If you think of your skin cells as bricks, Ceramides, Cholesterol and Fatty Acids make up the mortar in between the bricks. When you strengthen this barrier, it helps guard against Trans Epidermal Water Loss.
Isn’t it really annoying when people keep telling you that if you drink a ton of water you will have great skin and it just doesn’t seem to work?? If you have a weak moisture barrier or live in a dry climate, the air will straight up suck all that beautiful moisture out of your skin. The solution? Strengthen your “mortar” and you will lose less water from your skin and gain more protection from environmental pollutants.
Ceramides also have the wonderful effect of making your skin look plump and dewy. In fact, a babies’ vernix (the white substance they are covered in when born) is very rich in Ceramides. Babies’ skin is plentiful with Ceramides and they decrease as we age. No wonder the little ones are walking around with perfect skin all the time!
If you are suffering from a skin condition, dryness, tightness, bumpy skin, redness or just want to look more youthful, skincare containing Ceramides and Cholesterol may be just what you need.
Have you tried any Ceramide products for your skin? Tell us all about it in the comments!
Potions Containing Ceramides: Comfort Face Potion, Freedom Face Potion, Magic Balm, Love Body Potion.
Skin hydration is significantly increased by a cream formulated to mimic the skin's own natural moistirizing systems
National Eczema Association - Childhood eczema often persists into adulthood
Ceramide-containing moisturizers may offer concomitant therapy with benefits
The efficacy of a Ceramide-based cream in Dermatitis
The roughness of lip skin is related to the Ceramide profile in the Stratum Corneum
Sebaceous Gland, Hair Shaft, and Epidermal Barrier Abnormalities in Keratosis Pilaris with and without Filaggrin Deficiency
The efficacy of lip balm containing pseudo-ceramide on the dry lips of sensitive skin conscious subjects
Properties of Ceramides and their impact on the Stratum Corneum structure
Human Epidermal Glucosylceramides are Major Precursors of Stratum Corneum Ceramides
*Information contained in our blogs is designated for education purposes only. The opinions are of us, our families, friends, customers and human testers. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other health-care professional.*
November 01, 2019
Great question! Yes, as we knew all of the ingredients were safe and gentle little baby Fiya volunteered as one of our human testers (lol.) We saw improvements nearly immediately. Using Comfort which contains anti-inflammatory Pumpkin Seed Oil and Oat Oil, we saw her irritation and redness reduce within the day. After a couple of weeks of use, her patches had cleared up and now with regular use they rarely return. If a little redness starts to pop up we apply it right away and have not had any major eczema breakouts at all!!
I also suffer from eczema on my face and hands, I also have been free of patches since I began use, which has never happened for me before, especially with the onset of dry winter here in Calgary :)
Did you try your product on your baby? How long until you saw positive results?
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