They moisturize, prevent dry skin and protect the dermis, strengthening the skin barrier. We’re talking ceramides, one of the star ingredients for this time of year that you’ll want to look for in the cosmetics you use from now on.
How do they act? Ceramides are intercellular lipids that occur naturally in the skin. They have the function of connecting the skin cells to prevent drying of the tissues, act as a ‘cement’ that holds them together. If the number of ceramides starts to decrease (something that happens over time or if poor facial hygiene is maintained), the skin becomes much drier and tighter, less elastic, juicier and duller. “If the levels of ceramides are not right, the skin can become dry, irritated or wrinkled,” explains Gisela Bosque, Sephora National Makeup Artist. “Ceramides are responsible for protecting the skin from external influences such as pollution or UV rays from the sun. They prepare it to fight low temperatures and prevent redness and irritation,” says the expert. “They stimulate retention of moisture by deeply hydrating and strengthening the skin at the external level, where the skin is most sensitive to temperature fluctuations and external aggressions, in addition, they provide softness, comfort and well-being to the skin,” emphasizes Gisela. Ceramides also affect the health of the capillaries, as they are also found in the hair: when it is drier, lacking strength and shine, and with the ends open, is when the level of ceramides is usually much lower.
Do you now understand why these connections are so important? There are different types of ceramides, which are divided into type I, II, III ceramides… In cosmetics, type III ceramides are more often found in the ingredient list of many beauty products that are intended to moisturize, soothe and restore deep skin. Interested in knowing some of the best cosmetics with ceramides? Look out for this selection that will come in handy at this time of year. Don’t miss them!
Light serum with a smooth finish for face, neck and décolleté, enriched with ceramides. Visibly improves the evenness and luminosity of the complexion and the skin appears softer, smoother and younger. ELIZABETH ARDEN Ceramide Capsules (€108.99 at Sephora)
Moisturizer with a rich texture that is immediately absorbed and provides a dose of hydration throughout the day, relieving the feeling of tightness even on the driest skin. LANEIGE Waterbank Moisture Cream ($35.99 at Sephora)
Rich, luxurious formula that provides deep, long-lasting nourishment, firms the skin and protects against free radicals. Improves elasticity and comfort. Rose Ceramidin Cream, by PIXI (€32.99, at Sephora)
A generous hydration booster designed to prevent the aging effects of dehydration. Hyaluronic acid and xylitol provide an instant plumping effect. REN CLEAN SKIN CARE Flash Hydro Boost ($35.99 at Sephora)
Serum enriched with 5-Cera Complex to strengthen the skin barrier and protect the skin from moisture loss. This lightweight formula penetrates deep into the skin and restores hydration. DR.JART+ Ceramidin™ Serum ($39.99, at Sephora)
Hydrating and moisturizing cream with ceramides that helps relieve dry and sensitive skin by strengthening its natural barrier. Provides deep hydration and intense softness. Ice, by SUNDAY RILEY (€62.90, at Sephora)
Long-lasting moisturizer, with active ingredients such as pentavitin, ceramides and vitamins A and E, which reproduce the skin’s natural moisturisers and retain moisture for 24 hours. It is also enriched with marine plankton, which activates the synthesis of ceramides. Skeyndor 24h Ultra-Moisturizing Cream (CPV)
With 8% Omega ceramides, this cream that fights imperfections and residual red and dark spots regulates the dryness of the skin and restores its protective barrier. Perfect for acne-prone skin under drying treatments. Sebiaclear Hydra, from SVR (15.90 euros)
This ultra-hydrating serum with vegetable ceramides helps restore skin hydration and restore the hydrolipidic layer. Formulated with high penetrating Hyaluronic Acid nanovesicles, it moisturizes from within and stimulates collagen synthesis. CERAMIDE REPAIR MOISTURIZER, by Transparent Lab (17.95 euros at Niche Beauty Lab)
This cream with damask rose water and a high concentration of ceramides keeps the skin properly hydrated and prevents external factors from promoting its loss or evaporation. Rose Ceramide Cream, from Urang (44.95 euros at Miin Cosmetics)
Source: Marie Claire