garden of wisdom ceramide hydrating complex serum review

Have you noticed how your skin shrivels up like an old prune when it’s not hydrated?

All the retinol + exfoliation in the world won’t smooth it out. If anything, they’ll make things 10x worse.

What dry skin needs is a dollop of ceramides, little plasters that can patch up any hole in your skin’s protective barrier. Keep that moisture in and that shrivelled prune will blossom into a smooth rose.

Lately, I’ve been getting my ceramide fix from Garden Of Wisdom Ceramide Hydrating Complex Serum. Here’s how it went:

What’s In Garden Of Wisdom Ceramide Hydrating Complex Serum?


Think of ceramides as the mortar that holds your skin cells together. These oily waxes create a protective barrier on your skin that keeps moisture in and germs and pollutants out.

Ceramides make up a staggering 50% of your skin’s composition. It’s no wonder that when your skin doesn’t have enough, it gets drier and flaky.

What robs skin of ceramides? Like everything else, ceramides slowly deplete as you get older. But unprotected sun exposure, harsh winds, and over-exfoliation (all the usual culprits) can weaken the mortar that holds skin cells together and break down its protective barrier.

This is why I always double down on ceramides during winter, when the harsh weather is more prone to drying out your skin worse than the Sahara.

Related: Are Ceramides The Key To Healthy Skin?


Garden Of Wisdom Ceramide Hydrating Complex Serum is as transparent as a gel and almost as runny as water. It spreads easily onto the skin and absorbs in a couple of minutes without leaving a greasy residue behind.


It’s fragrance-free, so anyone can use it (even sensitive skin).

How To Use It

If you keep your skin routine simple, you can apply it directly on cleansed, damp skin. If you’re using anti-aging serums (like retinol or Vitamin C), apply this afterwards.

garden of wisdom ceramide hydrating complex serum

Personal Use & Opinion

I apply Garden Of Wisdom Ceramide Hydrating Complex Serum every morning before I leave the house and every evening when I go to bed.

It makes my skin incredibly softer and smoother. When I touch my face, it feels silky smooth and a little tighter, too.

I noticed that if I leave the house without this on, my cheeks get a little red from the cold London winds. That’s a little reminder to up my skin’s defences at this time of year. This serum is perfect for this.

It doesn’t have any antioxidants, but for once I don’t mind. I can use a separate serum for that. But all the best anti-aging ingredients won’t make me look younger if my skin isn’t well hydrated.

This serum takes care of the basics (moisture), so you can build the rest of your skincare routine on top of it.

Related: Do You Need Anti-Aging Skincare Products If Your Skin Is Well Hydrated?

Who Is This For?

  • Dry skin
  • Sensitive skin
  • Anyone with a broken skin barrier (either from harsh weather or skincare products)

Who Is This Not For?

If your skin is naturally soft, plump, and hydrated (lucky you!), you don’t need this.


Garden Of Wisdom Ceramide Hydrating Complex Serum comes in a dark bottle with a pump applicator to keep the formula safe and effective for long.

Does Garden Of Wisdom Ceramide Hydrating Complex Serum Live Up To The Claims?

 With aging, skin loses its youthful moisture,
suppleness, and smoothness, thanks to the loss of essential ceramide molecules.

Price & Availability

$28.35 at Garden Of Wisdom

Do You Need It?

If you have dry and easily irritated skin – tell tale signs your skin’s protective barrier has broken down in places – Garden Of Wisdom Ceramide Hydrating Complex Serum will help.

I also think it’s a good idea to keep a ceramide-rich serum or moisturizer at hand in winter, in case the weather wreaks havoc on your skin.


Dupes & Alternatives

Have you tried Garden Of Wisdom Ceramide Hydrating Complex Serum? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


Aloe Vera Gel, Spring Water, Ceramide Complex, Liposomes (Soy), Leucidal SF (Lactobacillis Ferment), Coconut AMTicide, Prickly Pear Oil