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Ceramides are the glue that holds our skin surface cells together. There are different ceramide types (conveniently numbered – i.e. ceramide-3) and six are commonly found in skin. All four layers of the epidermis contain ceramides, and they play an important role by creating a barrier that reduces infection and helps to retain the skin’s moisture. Reduction in the amount of ceramides may result in dry skin, dermatitis, or wrinkles.
Phytoceramides are the plant-derived equivalent of ceramides, a lipid that keeps your skin hydrated and plump. Supplements with phytocermides are mostly obtained from wheat. In oral supplement form, they got some attention from Dr. Oz, although there’s no research to back them up. Ceramide in topical skincare, on the other hand, does have a good scientific pedigree and has been shown to improve moisture, skin barrier repair and resistance to aging. (Read more on phytoceramides and ceramide). Here are my Five Best with ceramides.
Osmotics Anti-Radical Age Defense ($111 in the shop). This classic from Osmotics stands the test of time. It is great for wrinkles, broken veins and skin tone. As well as ceramide (a favorite Osmotics ingredient), this anti-aging treatment attacks free radicals that damage skin cells in three different ways, with carnosine and aldenine. Aldenine is also an exciting ingredient. A combination of soy, wheat and tripeptide 1, it boosts the production of collagen III (type we had when we were children), and protects the cells from photodamage. It’s supposedly able to boost collagen production by 300% in just seven days. Anti-Radical Age Defense is a wrinkle repairer and mender of broken veins. Read the full review.
Skinfinite Platimum 1% Retinol ($63 in the shop). Yes, this has ceramide, but it also has a 1% retinol. It is one of the few retinol creams that get my vote. It doesn’t seem to irritate and there are good results within two months. Skinfinite chose ceramide 2, which enhances the expression of a special enzyme that is anti-inflammatory. Another active here is beta glucan, known to enhance the immune system. Skin is hydrated with shea butter and sodium hyaluronate, so unlike many retinols, Skinfinite Platinum is not drying. Read the full review.
Snowberry Rich Nourishing Day Cream ($96 in the shop) is what it says it is, a rich and nourishing day cream that is absolutely jam packed with antioxidants, peptides and, of course, ceramide-3. Actually, ceramide features in many of Snowberry’s organic and natural products. There are plenty of peptides and botanicals. I like the inclusion of mycosoprin extract that protects the skin from UVA and environmental pollutants and superoxide dismutase that assists with the production of collagen, elastins, fibronectins, keratinocytes and hyaluronic acids. Snowberry says Rich Nourishing Day Cream boosts moisture by 39.64%. Read the full review.
Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum ($35 in the shop). Although the moniker is "exfoliating," this serum is an all-rounder. It exfoliates with lactic and glycolic acids, brightens with a botanical complex called Gigawhite, and rebuilds and repairs with the peptide Matrixyl 3000, apple stem cell, vitamin B in the form of niacinamide, and ceramide-3. Specifically, ceramide-3 protects the skin from trans‐epidermal water loss. Read the full review.
Skin Nutrition Cell CPR ($170 in the shop). This has got it all, including ceramide. Skin Nutrition's philosophy is that skin cells are complex things made up of phospholipids, proteins (enzymes, oligopeptides, amino acids, growth factors), oligosaccharides, oxygen, vitamins and minerals. And so, therefore is Cell CPR with a whopping 70 or so ingredients. Cell CPR has been a favorite of mine for more than three years now. Read the full review.
Ingredients in Osmotics: Purified Water, Vegetable Squalane, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Xanthan Gum, Tripeptide-1, Glycerin, Citrullus Lanatus Fruit Extract, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Soybean Sterol, Squalane, Vitamin E Acetate, Ubiquinone 50, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Carnosine, Ceramide, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Linoleic Acid, Allantoin, Stearic Acid, Carbomer, Diazolidinyl Urea/Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Disodium EDTA, Tromethamine
Ingredients in Skinfinite: Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Allyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Polysorbate 60, Stearyl Alcohol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Retinol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethicone, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cordyceps Sinensis Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Trametes (Coriolus) Versicolor (Mushroom) Extract, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Beta Glucan, Ceramide 2, Polysorbate 20, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Butylenes Glycol, Peg-60 Almond Glycerides, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Oleanolic Acid, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Bht, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol
Ingredients in Snowberry: Aqua (Demineralised), Coffea Arabica (Coffee Bean) Oil, Cetearyl Wheat Bran Glycosides & Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol & Cetearyl Glucoside, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Algae Extract & Pullulan, Sodium Hyaluronate, Inga Edulis (Inga) Seed Extract, Plukenetia Volubilis (Inca Inchi) Seed Oil, Pfaffia Paniculata (Suma) , Arachidyl Alcohol & Behenyl Alcohol & Arachidyl Glucoside, Xylitylglucoside & Anhydroxylitol & Xylitol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Aqua & Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Hydrolysed Hazelnut (Hazelnut Oligopeptides) Protein, Glycine Soya Protein Oxido-reductase, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Soyabean Lysophospholipid, Glucose & Glucose Oxidase & Lactoperoxidase, Ubiquinone, Palmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Seed Butter, Glycine Soya Seed Extract & Ceramide-3, Rubius Chamaemorus (Cloudberry) Seed Oil, Cetyl Palmitate & Sorbitan Palmitate, Fragaria Ananassa & Rosmarinus Officinalis, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Palmitoyl PG Linoleamide, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Margaritifera (Mother Of Pearl Extract) Powder, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Extract, Superoxide Dismutase, Podocarpus Totara, Fragrance, Parfum, Rhizobian Gum, Sclerotium Gum, Xanthan Gum, Corallina Officinalis Alba (White Coral) Extract, Polydecene & Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Extract, Sleletonema Costalatum Extract & Caprylic Capric Triglycerides, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol (mixed) & Beta-Sitosterol & Squalene (Sunflower), White Peat Extract, Galactaric Acid, Rewarewa Honey (Knightia Excelsa Mel), Phytic Acid, Kinetin & Cocos Nucifera
Ingredients in Mad Hippie: Water, Glycolic Acid, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Vitamin B5 (Panthenol), Lactic Acid, Matrixyl 3000, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Potassium Hydroxide, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, White Tea Extract (Camelia Sinensis), Goji Berry Extract (Lycium Barbarum), Polysorbate 20, Xantham Gum, PhytocellTec (Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Xanthan Gum, Glycerin, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Water), Gigawhite (Water, Glycerin, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Veronica Officinalis Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract), Methyl Cellulose, Glycerin, Melatonin, Caffeine, Biotin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ceramide 3, Squalene, Behentrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Potassium Citrate
Ingredients in Skin Nutrition: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dipropylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Lecithin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Vitex Agnus Castus Extract, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Phytosphingosine, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Steareth-21, Panthenol, Retinyl Palmitate, Cyclodextrin, Hexanoyl Dipeptide-3, Norleucine Acetate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Rh-oligopeptide-1 (Egf), Rh-polypeptide-1 (Bfgf), Copper Tripeptide-1, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Peg-12 Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Polyacrylate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 60, Butylene Glycol, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Mitracarpus Scaber Extract, Superoxide Dismutase (Sod), Saccharomyces Ferment Lysate Filtrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Adenosine Triphosphate (Atp), Yeast Polysaccharides, Acetyl Tyrosine, Proline, Oleyl Alcohol, Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Perfluorodecalin, Ceramide 3, Rhodochrosite Extract, Hematite Extract, Phaeodactylum Tricornutum Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Sodium Pca, Trehalose, Allantoin, Peg-32, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Steareth-2, Peg-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Alcohol,Disodium Edta, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol