Winter is coming.
That’s your cue to strengthen your skin’s natural defences against the relentlessly cold winds and low temperatures that threaten to suck all the moisture out of your skin.
You need to patch the holes the harsh weather is making into your skin’s protective barrier and layer on the glue that holds it together so it can better withstand future attacks.
It’s a job for ceramides. These oily waxes are part of your skin’s protective barrier. They can fix it when it’s broken and strengthen it up when it’s intact.
I use ceramides all year round but when falls roll around, I make sure to double my dose. Just in case. Here are my fave and best skincare products with ceramides:
- Best For Dry Skin: Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum ($98.00)
- Best For Hydration: Paula’s Choice Resist Hyaluronic Acid Booster ($46.00)
- Best On A Budget: CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM ($15.49)
- Best For The Eye Area: Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream ($64.00)
- Best For Sensitive And Seriously Dry Skin: Garden Of Wisdom Ceramide Hydrating Complex Serum ($28.35)
Best For Dry Skin: Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum ($98.00)
Warning: Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum contains Isopropyl Myristate, a comedogenic ingredient. I have combo skin and if I put it anywhere near my oily areas, it’s breakout galore. But on my dry patches? No problemo. That’s why I recommend it only to dry skin. The serum is full of ceramides and sprinkled with antioxidants: it’ll make your skin soft and supple and keep those premature wrinkles at bay.
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Best For Hydration: Paula’s Choice Resist Hyaluronic Acid Booster ($46.00)
Hydration isn’t just for dry skin. Everyone needs moisture, moisture and more moisture. Moisture plumps up your skin so your wrinkles look smaller. It keeps it soft and smooth. It gives your complexion a beautiful glow. Paula’s Choice Resist Hyaluronic Acid Booster has two forms of hyaluronic acid, a humectant that can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. Plus, plenty of ceramides, of course. You can use it on its own or mix with your fave moisturiser. It’s up to you. 🙂
Best On A Budget: CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM ($15.49)
CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion PM is loaded with ceramides to the brim. Plus, it has a good dollop of niacinamide, an antiaging superstar that does everything: it hydrates skin, soothes irritations, reduces wrinkles, fades dark spots, treats acne… You name, it can handle it. Ceramides and niacinamide make a powerful combo that’s sure to banish dryness. The only con? Its lack of antioxidants. You’ll have to use a separate antioxidant serum to prevent wrinkles. PS: you can use this little gem in the morning too.
Best For Sensitive And Seriously Dry Skin: Garden Of Wisdom Ceramide Hydrating Complex Serum ($28.35)
Garden Of Wisdom Ceramide Hydrating Complex Serum was a game-changer for me. I started using it one winter when my skin was getting a little too dry for my taste. In just days, it plumped it up, so fine lines looked smaller. It smoothed out its texture. And the softness! My skin felt like velvet. Even my dark circles looked better! I got so many compliments when I first started using it. If your skin is very dry or sensitive, this can nurse it back to health and beyond. Quickly, too!
Available at: $28.35 at Garden Of Wisdom
Best For The Eye Area: Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream ($64.00)
You don’t need an eye cream. But, if your skin gets drier than the rest of your face in winter and needs that extra hydration boost, go with Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream. It’s packed with 5 forms of Vitamin C to prevent wrinkles and brighten skin, antioxidants to fight off premature aging, and a mix of ceramides and natural oils to strengthen your skin’s barrier and deeply moisturise skin. It did nothing for my dark circles, but hey, if eye creams could really fix that, no one would have dark circles anymore.