Ceramides have become a skincare buzzword, and it can be confusing to know which cosmetic trends will really help improve your skin. However, ceramides really do stand up to the hype around them, and can seriously boost your skincare routine.
Ceramides are one of the components that naturally occur in healthy skin and helps keep its barrier intact — this way your skin remains bouncy and hydrated, and is more protected against environmental damage.
When ceramide levels are low, skin can become dry and irritated, especially if the skin type is dry or sensitive.
Use ceramides in your skincare for…
Repairing the skin’s moisture barrier to prevent dry or cracked skin.
Soothing irritated skin.
Preventing dehydration in normal or oilier skin types.
Where do I use ceramides in my routine?
It’s most common to find ceramides in moisturisers, where they are often the active ingredient, or one of the active ingredients. Those with sensitive skin, dehydrated or sensitive skin will find ceramides in moisturisers particularly useful.
For those with normal, combination or oilier skin types, it’s useful to look for ceramides in the form of serums, which are lighter and harness the hydration powers of ceramides without being too heavy.
What to look for on product labels…
To be sure that you’re getting the most from your ceramide product choice, look for ingredients listed as ‘ceramide’ and then an ending of EOS, EOP, NG, NP, NS, AP, or 1,2,3,6, II. You might also see confusing-looking chemical names such as N-stearoyl sphinganine or N-stearoyl hytosphingosine.
However, ceramides are often quite easy to spot in products simply because they are a high-power ingredient so they are often advertised on the packaging. Check out these products to see what this powerhouse ingredient could bring to your skincare.