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)
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.
Available at: Ulta
Best For Antiaging: Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement ($75.00)
Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement has its fair share of ceramides plus plenty of antioxidants, including Vitamins C and E. While ceramides strengthen your skin’s barrier against its enemies, the antioxidants fight free radicals and boost collagen production, keeping those pesky wrinkles away from your face for a little longer. It’s fragrance-free and super lightweight so suitable for all skin types.
Best For Sun Protection: Nia24 Sun Damage Prevention UVA UVB Sunscreen SPF 30 ($49.00)
The SPF here comes from synthetic UV filters so if your skin is sensitive, it may throw a little tantrum. Everyone else can use it safely. Nia24 Sun Damage Prevention UVA UVB Sunscreen SPF 30 provides excellent sun protection and moisturises skin to boot. Ceramides strengthen your skin’s protective barrier, UV filters protect you from UV harm and antioxidants prevent wrinkles. Talk about multitasking!
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.
Available at: Ulta
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