Ceramide-centric skin care products to add to your daily lineup
Your skin’s gonna love 'em
By Briar Clark
BEAUTYcrew Beauty Editor / March 20 2023
Ceramides are kind of amazing. Natural-occurring lipids (AKA one of the good fats), they help to reinforce and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier function, preventing moisture loss and improving skin’s overall hydration and moisture retention in the long run.
These handy little dudes make up over 50 per cent of skin’s composition and act like cement, keeping your skin cells firmly packed together like bricks in a wall. And this wall just so happens to also aid in preventing moisture loss and environmental damage. Pretty neat stuff if you ask us.
The great thing about ceramides is that there's a slew of skin care products available that incorporate their skin-loving superpowers. Here’s a few of our favourites...
PAI SKINCARE The Light Fantastic, Cacao & Schisandra Ceramide Face Oil
If you’re a coffee and vitamins for breakfast kinda gal, you’ll love this offering. Packed full of invigorating ingredients that revitalise and stimulate tired skin like cacao and schisandra – plus a healthy dose of strengthening ceramides – it’s the wake-up call your skin deserves.
$89 at Sephora
IT Cosmetics Confidence In An Eye Cream
It's no secret that one of the first places you'll notice signs of ageing is around the eyes. That's because the skin in this area is so thin and delicate. Though you can’t turn back time, you can start using a ceramide eye gel or cream to help. IT Cosmetics Confidence in an Eye Cream is a hydrating eye cream that combines all the goodness of the original IT Cosmetics moisturiser with a brightening apricot tint. Also infused with ingredients that specifically target the under-eye area, this potent formula is perfect for all skin types.
$67 at Adore Beauty
Elizabeth Arden Hyaluronic Acid Ceramide Capsules
There’s something so nostalgic about the Elizabeth Arden ceramide capsules, but do not be fooled. These cute little morsels deliver a potent cocktail of hyaluronic acid and ceramides in a handy single-serve, biodegradable package. Ahhh don’t you just love it when your favourite, trusted formulas are made all that much better with modern innovations? Yeah, same.
$85 at Adore Beauty
Drunk Elephant E-Rase™ Milki Micellar Water
We didn’t know we needed moisturising micellar water until we tried this stuff. Not only does this pH balanced offering make makeup removal an absolute walk in the park, but the antioxidant-enriched formula actually leaves skin feeling more hydrated, plumped and prepped for the rest of your skin care routine. For that you can thank a blend of three different plant-derived ceramides that work in unison to soothe and prevent moisture loss.
$51 at Strawberry Net
SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Interrupter
Alcohol free, artificial fragrance free, and sulphate free, this beauty has been formulated to fight the signs of ageing. Let's face it - intrinsic ageing is hard to avoid. It’s caused by internal, difficult-to-control factors such as metabolic slowdown and hormonal shifts. Though ageing is a beautiful process, with intrinsic ageing, you might not be a fan of the sagging, thinning, crepey skin that comes along with it. But this cosmeceutical skincare product has been formulated to prevent the glycation process and correct severe signs of genetic (intrinsic) ageing. Yes, it's expensive, but it's a very sound investment in your future...
$274 at Adore Beauty
SKIN INC Ceramide Serum
Though this little guy may look unassuming, its formula is potent. Packing four different types of ceramides, it’s a literal godsend for sensitive skin, helping to sort out pre-existing skin issues such as eczema or rough, dehydrated skin. This interesting pick also utilises proprietary Japanese seaweed encapsulation technology, so all those precious actives are protected from photo-damage, ensuring potency.
$70 at Sephora
CeraVe Moisturising Cream
Want ceramides at super affordable prices? You can’t go past CeraVe. All of its products are infused with a hardworking triple blend of ceramides, though personally, we love the facial moisturising lotion. Super gentle on skin without compromising on nourishment, it’s versatile enough for day or night and delivers all the skin-loving benefits of ceramides in a low-fuss daily moisturiser format.
$23.99 at Adore Beauty
Medik8 Gentle Eye Gel
They say your eyes are the window to your soul, so let's make sure they look good, yeah? Created with a combination of five age-defying peptides for the skin, Medik8 Eyelift Peptides work to plump and smooth the delicate eye area. Cruelty-free and sulphate-free, this vegan ceramide moisturiser reduces the appearance of fine lines and plumps out deep wrinkles, so you look and feel fresher for years to come.
$99 at Adore Beauty
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.