Best ceramide-focused skincare for a supple, smooth complexion

In beauty, the list of shiny new ingredients seems to get longer every day, but a few skincare experts and savvy shoppers will keep championing them because of their long-standing, proven credentials.

The list of shiny new ingredients in beauty seems to get longer every day, but a few skincare experts and savvy shoppers will keep championing them because of their long-standing, proven credentials.

In addition to well-known ingredients such as retinol, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin C, there are ceramides. These lipids or fats are found naturally in the skin and have been described as the mortar that holds skin cells (bricks) together to form a protective layer that helps keep irritants out and retains moisture.

But, like other components of the skin that keep it firm and supple, ceramides can run out as we age.” Dr. Vicky Dondos, the co-founder of Medicetics Aesthetics Clinic in central London, explains, “Ceramides make up about 50 percent of the skin’s surface.” As we age, ceramide levels decline, and our skin’s barrier function decreases, making it less plump, supple, and sensitive. Low ceramide levels are also seen in skin conditions associated with inflammation, such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne.

A recent study by scientists at Boots also found that menopausal skin shows signs of significant depletion of ceramides that lock in moisture in the epidermis (or outer layer), leaving it drier and more susceptible to irritation as the skin barrier is disrupted.

Thankfully, using ceramide-rich skin care products provides an excellent topical detoxification method.” Replenishing lost ceramides with creams and serums can improve hydration and soothe the skin,” says Dr. Dondos.” Every skin type will benefit, but formulas with ceramides will significantly impact those with dry, rough, or angry skin. While it may seem counterintuitive that ceramides are fat, they are very helpful for acne. Ultimately, the complexion will be plumper, look more radiant, and be less prone to redness and breakouts.

From serums and eye treatments to masks and cleansers, ceramides are an easy and worthwhile addition to any skincare regimen that can boost the health and appearance of your complexion – without any fancy new miracle ingredients.

Q&A Ceramide Barrier Defence Balm Face Cream

Complexions prone to being flaky and parched or red and angry will drink up this delicious cream as it helps restore a compromised protective barrier. This is thanks to ceramides that take down inflammation while flooding skin with hydration for a calm, plump result.

Suited to all skin types and delivering smoothing and brightening benefits via AHA- and vitamin C-rich pineapple extract, it has the richness of a balm but sinks with the speed of something much lighter, leaving behind a subtle, soft and nourished finish. And as with the entire Q&A range, the price is brilliant for the benefits delivered, so there’s plenty of bang for your buck.

CeraVe Hydrating Cleansing Bar

Everyone is wise to the budget and face-friendly line of CeraVe liquid cleansers, but this new solid cleansing bar should be noticed too. It contains three different types of ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and the brand’s unique moisturizer that keeps your complexion hydrated while you cleanse. It is also pH-balanced, non-comedogenic, and fragrance-free. However, the intelligent part is the fantastic technology that allows these nourishing ingredients to benefit the skin all day. So while dry skin and soap bars usually have an unpleasant relationship, CeraVe’s creamy lather version turns that idea on its head.

Drunk Elephant Ceramighty AF Eye Balm

Many eye treatments designed to soften fine lines must be sunk in before makeup for fear of it migrating across your face (who has time in the morning?).

Thanks to the ceramides in the formula that strengthen the skin barrier and help fight signs of fatigue and dryness, the rich oils nourish and enrich wrinkles. The texture has just enough slip – again, that’s where the ceramides come in – to let you run your ring finger in gentle circles around the eyes to help dislodge puffiness, then absorb quickly, leaving a smooth, concealable, and mascara-ready canvas. The twist-off pump dispenser is cute, too.

No7 Advanced Ingredients Ceramide & Peptides

These mono-dose capsules are packed with what No7 calls its ‘power duo’ of ceramides and peptides, proven in the brand’s scientific testing to reduce the appearance of deeper lines as well as make skin feel smoother and boost its elasticity. Both naturally present in the skin, but produced less as we get older, they are essential for a healthy, resilient complexion.

This skincare version is formulated to go on underneath any serum and moisturiser, so think of it as a booster shot for a firmer face. It has a rich, creamy texture that instantly makes the skin silky to touch, while the capsules are easy to twist open, can be used morning and night, and deliver an ample amount to cover right down to the neck and chest.

Price for 30 capsules.

Farmacy Honey Potion Plus Ceramide Hydration Mask

With a sweet scent and the consistency of honey, this mask is an updated version of Farmacy’s original Hero Mask, reformulated with additional fortifying and replenishing ingredients, including ceramides.

Smooth onto the skin and massage for a few minutes until the gel transforms into a rich white paste and begins to warm up gently. Rinse off after 10 to 15 minutes, and skin feels soft and supple thanks to the recycled apple extract, while niacinamide ensures skin looks brighter and more even. At the same time, ceramides and panthenol work together to strengthen the skin barrier and keep all the plentiful moisture on the skin.

Sculpted by Aimee HydraGlo Hydrating Serum

Created by makeup artist Aimee Connolly to help achieve a perfect, plump canvas for your foundation, concealer, and blush to glide on, this cool-feeling gel serum is an excellent blend of skincare and setting agents.

Protective and fortifying ceramides lock in moisturizing and nourishing ingredients, including hyaluronic acid and shea butter, and niacinamide improves skin texture and minimizes the appearance of pores. Apply before your moisturizer for a hydrated, juicy finish that leaves the complexion radiant and helps prevent caking and creasing for hours after makeup application. You can also refill and recycle the packaging.

Avant Skincare Multi-Defense Ceramides Protecting Veil SPF 50

Innovative modern sunscreens for everyday use (because the sun’s damaging, aging UV rays never take a day off) take a skincare-first approach, making them very different from the kind you’d use at the beach. This is a perfect example – a lightweight cream that dries quickly, has a matte finish, and contains skin tone-boosting ingredients.

Ceramides work with SPF 50 mineral filters to create a beautiful protective layer that strengthens the skin barrier against environmental aggressors from pollution to the sun. White Tea adds an extra layer of defense against free radicals, and Jojoba Oil helps soften and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

Olivanna Intense Repair Night Cream

For a cream that packs such a restorative punch, this overnight treatment is exceptionally light in texture. Any disruption to the skin’s natural barrier gets a double repair whammy from an infusion of ceramides alongside seed oils rich in omegas. What’s more, this duo also floods the complexion with revitalising nourishment.

Hydrating hyaluronic acid and squalane ensure moisture levels are kept high and an extract of organic cotton thistle, known for its collagen-boosting properties, enhances anti-ageing benefits including tackling fine lines and fighting sagging. You’ll also find the delicate scent is wonderfully cocooning come your evening routine.

Scientia Beauty Ceramide Skin Rescue Moisture Barrier Balm

Perfect for calming angry, irritated skin, this gel cream produces an immediate but long-lasting cooling effect upon contact with the skin. The formula is enriched with five different ceramides that approach barrier-building repair in various ways designed to eliminate inflammation and restore the skin to normal.

Fatty acids, lipids, and hyaluronic acid also boost moisture levels, while melon, aloe vera, and jojoba help skin look smooth and radiant. When skin is out of balance, apply as a targeted treatment or a thin layer to stressed skin daily to restore balance.

Perfect for calming angry, irritated skin, this gel cream produces an immediate but long-lasting cooling effect upon contact with the skin. The formula is enriched with five different ceramides that approach barrier-building repair in various ways designed to eliminate inflammation and restore the skin to normal.

Fatty acids, lipids, and hyaluronic acid also boost moisture levels, while melon, aloe vera, and jojoba help skin look smooth and radiant. When skin is out of balance, apply as a targeted treatment or a thin layer to stressed skin daily to restore balance.

 

 

 

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