Consider moisturizers with ceramides for aging skin

Healthy, hydrated skin does not show signs of dryness such as dry spots or skin flakes. Skin hydration depends on the barrier function of the skin’s outer layer (stratum corneum). Lipids (fats) in this outer layer help control the loss of water from the skin. Ceramides are a key component of skin lipids. They are also used as an active ingredient in various moisturizing lotions and creams.

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Your skin is aging–here’s what you can do

Aging skin is accompanied by biochemical changes that occur in the outer layer of your skin (i.e., the stratum corneum, or SC). These changes degrade the skin’s barrier function as well as its ability to retain water. Consequently, you’re more apt to experience dry skin in response to indoor skin stressors—moderated by both the weather and building properties of your residence.

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Optimum relative humidity for healthy skin

The outer layer of skin (i.e., stratum corneum or SC) exhibits both biochemical and biophysical changes in response to variations in indoor temperature and relative humidity (RH). Researchers have found that a relative humidity of approximately 60% supports the healthy functioning of skin.

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