Are Ceramides The Key To Healthy Skin?

by Gio
ceramides key to healthy skin

“It’s typical, isn’t it? You work hard every single day to moisturise skin and no one pays any attention to you. None.

“Then, along come stem cells, peptides, and all those fancy new ingredients with exotic names and bam! instant limelight on them! And they don’t even work that well! SO unfair!”

Poor ceramides! They have a lot to get off their chests. For way too long, Elizabeth Arden was the only one who cared about them. Now, they’re slowly finding their way into more and more creams and lotions.

I’m super excited about this. Here’s why:

What the heck are ceramides?

Ceramides are unsung skincare heroes.

They’re oily waxes (“cera” means wax in Latin) that make up the glue that holds skin cells together (together with fatty acids, cholesterol etc).

There are 9 types of ceramides.They’re all conveniently numbered (ex ceramide 1, ceramide 2, etc) to make our lives easier. Six of them are naturally found in our skin. But those you’ll find in your skincare are all made in a lab.

Then, there are phytoceramides. In nature, they’re derived from plants. In your cosmetics, they come from yeast – a lot less exciting, I know! But they work, so it’s all good.

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Why are ceramides so good for the skin?

Ceramides waterproof skin. The barrier they create has two jobs:

Ceramides don’t just prevent dry and cracked skin. They can heal it, too. When the barrier that keeps skin healthy breaks down in places, ceramides come along and fill in the gaps, stopping moisture from getting out and germs from getting in.

Where’s the catch?

Ceramides work. But, if you want to make the most out of them, you need to use them with their BFFs. You know, the other stuff that makes up your skin’s protective barrier.

Studies show the best combo is ceramides (50%) with cholesterol (25%) and free fatty acids (15%). They form what scientists call “crystalline lamellar structures,” which have amazing moisture-retaining properties.

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What are the best products with ceramides?


The Bottom Line

Ceramides are those reliable friend you always take for granted, yet are always there for you. Pay them more attention and your skin will never crack again.

Are you using products with ceramides? Share your faves in the comments below.



Janessa October 19, 2015 - 11:20 pm

My body lotion has ceramides in it. I’m not sure about any facial products, I should find out! I can’t believe I don’t know.

Gio October 20, 2015 - 5:58 am

Janessa,ceramides are so underrated! Even the brand themselves rarely promote them so you never know if they’re in something until you look for them carefully.

Vivella October 20, 2015 - 6:35 pm

Thanks for another informative article!

Gio October 20, 2015 - 9:50 pm

Vivella, my pleasure!

cheryl woodman October 21, 2015 - 8:24 am

Awesome post! I really believe skin-identical ingredients like these help skin so much! Paula’s choice is great ‘ey, I love her formulations, they are all packed with stuff that will work!

Gio October 21, 2015 - 10:07 am

Cheryl, I agree. Fancy ingredients get all the attention, but skin-identical ones do most of the work to keep our skin healthy.

I adore Paula’s Choice. It’s my favourite line. Finally a brand that uses ingredients that really work, not just those that are popular.

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Rosa January 27, 2017 - 6:15 am

Wow, so glad I stumbled across this article, even if it’s old.
I have a question: What can you say about Elizabeth Arden’s Advanced Time Complex Capsules? Do they have the right ingredient concentration? Thank you so much!

Gio February 12, 2017 - 9:29 pm

Rosa, I’m a fan. Usually you don’t need that much ceramide for it to work.

Ellen July 2, 2020 - 4:17 pm

Is it already in the skin care routine you recommend for dry skin? If not, how do you add it with all the other stuff – retinol, hyaluronic acid, niainimide?

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