Happy Wednesday! Today, I am sharing with you all you need to know about ceramides in skincare! I actually came across ceramides when I was looking for ingredients to repair my skin barrier. Ceramides are naturally derived from our skin but can be synthetically made to replenish what we’ve lost, which is exactly what I needed.
In this post, I will get more into what are ceramides, the benefits and my product recommendations. So, let’s get into it and don’t forget to check out my previous post: THE BEST OF PAULA’S CHOICE!
Ceramides in Skincare
What are they?
Ceramides are naturally occurring fats that are a major component of the outer layer of our skin. In fact, the composition of healthy skin is made up of approximately 50% ceramides. In skincare, they can be derived naturally from plants or created synthetically and are often used as an anti-ageing ingredient.
Ceramides are what makes your skin look so young, firm and supple. But as you age and through sun damage, the quality and quantity of ceramides reduce. This can lead to a damaged skin barrier, causing dry, rough skin, wrinkles, redness, irritation and dehydration (Source – Source). In some other cases, your skin can lack ceramides because of over-exfoliating or overusing active ingredients. Ceramides in skincare can actually replenish the ceramides in your skin.
First of, ceramides are known for their water-retention capacity, so hydration, and adding them to a skin care product helps provide replenishing and restorative benefits. They also help strengthen your skin’s barrier and can improve elasticity. Second, ceramides have the capacity to hold the skin together and form a protective layer to help prevent moisture loss and visible damage from environmental stressors.
Basically, ceramides are great to lock in hydration and protect our skin barrier. It’s a great ingredient for all skin types, especially dryer skins (Source).
Along with Niacinamide, it’s the ingredient I looked for when my skin barrier was damaged and it truly helped get my skin back to normal. To this day, I still look for ceramides in my moisturizers, toners or serums as they help keep my skin look healthy!
One of my favorite skincare products of all time is the Honey Halo Ultra Hydrating moisturizer by Farmacy (review here). It’s rich, hydrating, nourishing and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. If you ever need a moisturizer packed with ceramides then this is the one! Another more affordable option would be the Rice moisturizer by I’m From. It also has a rich consistency that feels very nourishing to the skin but comes at a more decent price.
Another way you could incorporate ceramides into your skincare routine is through serums. The one I recommend is the Great Barrier Relief by Krave Beauty (review here) because it rich and extremely replenishing. It has a killer ingredients list with ceramides (of course), niacinamide and a wonderful blend of nourishing oils. It’s one of my favorite serums in the market but if you can’t get your hands on it, I suggest checking out Paula’s Choice.
Personally, I am not a big fan of masks. If you have a solid skincare routine, they are practically useless. But, I do admit they are fun and relaxing to use and sone brands come out with amazing options, like Farmacy with their Honey Potion. This mask is ceramides in a pot. If you feel like your skin is dull and dehydrated then this mask is for you. It blends into a cream and replenish your skin with all of the right ingredients.
Ceramides in Skincare
Ceramides are wonderful to incorporate into your skincare regimen. Notably, to boost your skin’s health and make it look more plumped and hydrated. But generally, ceramides are essential to keep your skin protected and your barrier stronger. I hope this post was helpful to you. Don’t forget to leave a comment and subscribe to my blog!
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