Ceramides make up around 50% of your skin barrier, acting as the glue holding everything together. Without Ceramides, skin barrier function drops, leaving your complexion open to irritation, inflammation and illness-inducing bacteria. By adding just one or two products formulated with the ingredient to your routine, you can effectively strengthen and rebuild a weak skin barrier; here are some of our favourites.
iS Clinical Sheald Recovery Balm – link
Created to effectively heal the skin following a procedure, this thick balm contains a high concentration of Ceramides to rebuild the skin from the surface down. This not only helps prevent irritation but makes skin feel more comfortable and supple. Its moisture-rich formula works to soothe and soften dry, rough patches while collagen-stimulating ingredients work to prevent scarring, resulting in a healthy and strong skin barrier in a matter of weeks.
PRIORI Barrier Restore Complex LCA fx140 – link
It’s true, many Ceramide-based moisturisers are rich, thick and intensely hydrating, but there are options out there for people with oily skin. This cream from PRIORI contains an impressive amount of Ceramides, but it’s water-based so it never feels greasy or heavy on the skin. It supports optimum barrier function around the clock so that skin gradually starts to feel stronger, look smoother and remain balanced.
SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 – link
This impressive cream combines a generous 2% concentration of Ceramides with 4% natural Cholesterol and 2% Fatty Acids (hence the name 2:4:2) to provide weak skin with everything it needs to stay strong and intact, even during the cold weather. Ideal for most skin types, this moisturiser imparts a refreshing and cooling sensation that instantly awakens tired skin, making this the perfect addition to your morning routine.
Epionce Renewal Calming Cream – link
Most of the Epionce range includes Ceramides in some form, as the brand is based around barrier-supporting formulas that strengthen the skin at the surface, but this treatment cream is specifically designed to heal and strengthen weak skin that is prone to eczema. Ceramides and Cholesterol work together to close any gaps in the epidermal barrier, while helping to soothe and minimise any irritation that could aggravate the skin.
Akademikliniken Cure Recovery Crème – link
Cold weather, stress and harsh exfoliators can all weaken the epidermal barrier, making it easier for irritants to enter the skin. This ultra-comforting formula combines Ceramides with restorative Niacinamide and nourishing Squalane to significantly calm damaged skin and restore it back to health. Skin feels instantly comforted and soothed, like it’s been enveloped in a blanket of moisture, and starts to feel healthier with every application. A must for any winter skin care wardrobe!
Medik8 Advanced Night Restore – link
If you thought this best-selling night cream couldn’t get any better, it now contains added Ceramides to up its restorative powers. It deeply conditions and repairs tired, over-worked skin while a blend of botanical extracts stimulate cell renewal to minimise the appearance of fine lines and dullness.
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