Commonly known as: Ceramides.
I.N.C.I. list name: Ceramide NP.
Extraction process: Biotechnology
Botanical name: Zea mays L. (Corn), Helianthus annuus (Sunflower).
Family: Poaceae (Zea mays L.), Asteraceae (Helianthus annuus).
Part of the plant extracted: Seeds.
Provenance, origin: Germany.
Chemical characteristics: Sphingolipids (fatty acid linked to sphingosine by an amide bond); Insoluble in water; Soluble in fats.
Characteristics: Emulsion, colloidal solution, true aqueous solution, balm, oil.
Dosage required in cosmetic products: Effective from a concentration of use of 0.05% which can go up to 1% (maximum concentration not regulated).
Function: Hair conditioner, skin care agent.
Properties: Repairer, protector, emollient, hair tonic, hair beautifier.
Benefits: All skin types and particularly adapted to dry and dehydrated skin; All hair types and particularly dry, dull and brittle hair.
Face care (serums, creams, cleansing gels, masks, scrubs);
Body care (body milks, protective hand creams, massage oils, shower gels, after-sun care);
Hair care (shampoos, detangling conditioners, scalp serums, fortifying repair balms and masks, styling products, thermo-protective mists, hair lotions, hair creams).
Store at room temperature away from light, moisture and heat.
Contra-Indications and Precautions
This active ingredient has no contraindication. Ceramides are recognized for their harmlessness and their excellent cutaneous tolerance. They can thus be applied to all the types of skin, even the most sensitive. Children as well as pregnant and/or breastfeeding women may also use it.
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Ceramides have molecular structures similar to certain lipids present in the stratum corneum; these molecules are thus qualified as biomimetic. They allow to reinforce the cutaneous barrier, to fight against possible dryness or irritations, while helping the skin to regenerate and regain a certain comfort.