This one skincare ingredient is a must-have for moisturizing
A dermatologist explains the importance of ceramides.
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Keeping your skin moisturized is essential to how well it functions, not just how it looks or feels. When your skin is moisturized, it has a stronger skin barrier, the outermost layer that wards off bacteria and microorganisms that can cause damage. Of course, using a moisturizer treats or quells symptoms of dryness or conditions such as atopic dermatitis, a.k.a. eczema. And when you’re looking for a product that’ll excel in moisturizing your skin, you should look for one ingredient: ceramides. To explain the important role ceramides play in skin health, we consulted Dr. Suzanne Friedler, board-certified dermatologist with Advanced Dermatology PC.
What are ceramides?
Ceramides are lipids that contribute to the skin barrier, which keeps moisture in. “Deficiency in ceramides can lead to severely dry skin and may aggravate inflammatory conditions of the skin such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis,” Friedler says
As you age, your skin produces less ceramides, making supplemental products a helpful addition to a regimen. “Adding [ceramides] to our skincare routines can restore the skin’s barrier function, prevent water loss, and make the skin feel softer and firmer and appear more lustrous,” Friedler says. And as a plus, there are no drawbacks to adding this ingredient into your routine, regardless of how sensitive your skin is or what other products you use.
For a cleanser with ceramides: Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser
Every product from Cerave contains ceramides, making the brand a great one-stop-shop if you want to add this ingredient into your skincare routine. If you’re unsure where to begin, start with the brand’s Hydrating Facial Cleanser, which also contains hyaluronic acid that hydrates and plumps the skin. The cleanser is best suited for normal to dry skin types that need extra hydration but can work for anyone—it’s even fragrance-free for sensitive skin.
For a serum with ceramides: Glow Recipe Avocado Ceramide Redness Relief Serum
To relieve itchy, irritated skin, try using this serum from Glow Recipe. Along with ceramides to help with moisture and redness, it contains avocado butter and extract to soothe and moisturize and allantoin to calm irritation. It claims to be suited for all skin types and the brand recommends applying it to clean skin before moisturizer in the morning and at night.
For an eye cream with ceramides: Youth To The People Dream Eye Cream
If you have dry under-eyes that could use some TLC, this Youth To The People eye cream could make for a great addition to your routine. It contains hyaluronic acid and ceramides to hydrate the skin, vitamin C to firm the area, and goji stem cells to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Gently pat the cream into your under-eye area at night for the best results.
Get the Youth To The People Dream Eye Cream from Sephora for $48
For a moisturizer with ceramides: Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Moisturizer with Ceramides
Post-cleansing, seal in your skin’s moisture with a cream, like this one from Drunk Elephant. It contains ceramides to prevent water loss, an African oil blend to moisturize the skin, and phytosphingosine (a plant-derived lipid) to soothe the skin. You can apply the cream in the morning or at night, but don’t forget to finish with a sunscreen in the AM.
For a body lotion with ceramides: Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Body Lotion
For all-over hydration, try the Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Body Lotion. It claims to feel lightweight and moisturizes and hydrates with ceramides and hyaluronic acid, respectively. Coat the skin post-shower to lock in moisture.
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