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Ceramides are a structural component in cells, including the upper layer of skin. As an anti-aging ingredient, topically applied ceramides boost skin barrier repair and are a hefty hydrator. In a Japanese study, eight people had their eyelids treated with a ceramide gel for four weeks, with the result being that “water content of eyelid skin was significantly increased after treatment.” There’s also a French study showing that topical ceramides with “other skin lipids” improved skin barrier repair. In the past, good anti-aging cosmetics with ceramides were pretty much confined to Elizabeth Arden, but there has been recent interest in this active and more than enough to choose from in order to select my Five Best with ceramides.
Medik8 Pretox Infin8 2nd Generation Triple Peptide Gel
Medik8 Pretox Infin8 2nd Generation Triple Peptide Gel ($135) is a serum majors on a peptide that prevents expression lines with a generous 20% slug of acteyl octapeptide. The unfussy formula gives prominence to ceramide 2, one of the six types of ceramide that are present in the epidermis. In addition there is a second neurotransmitter peptide, plus Matrixyl 3000 and Matrixyl. In all, these are the essential ingredients to try before submitting to Botox.
Prana SpaCeuticals Precious Fluids
Lipid ceramides are a dominant ingredient just behind sodium hyaluronate, making Prana SpaCeuticals Precious Fluids ($135) an extremely hydrating eye serum. Applied with a roller ball, this light gel is the refreshing wake up call your eyes need. It is also one of the few eye serums I know of that has ChroNoline, the anti-sagging peptide. Plus there are stem cells, amino acids and Matrixyl 3000, as well as actives for dark under-eye circles.
MD Solar Sciences Daily Anti-Aging Moisturizer
MD Solar Sciences Daily Anti-Aging Moisturizer ($68) is a moisturizer with SPF30 that’s packed to the gunnels with ceramides, including ceramide NP, ceramide NS, ceramide EOS, ceramide EOP and ceramide AP. The alphabet part identifies the more complex lipids (such as n-palmitoyl-sphingosine). The sunscreen actives are chemical, but they are counter-balanced by plenty of antioxidants. There’s also tremella, which comes from a mushroom and behaves like sodium hyaluronate and retains moisture.
SkinQR Organics I*Lift Bio-Restorative Radiance Line Smoothing Essence
Made by Sweetsation, SkinQR Organics I*Lift Bio-Restorative Radiance Line Smoothing Essence ($32) is an eye cream that has Matrixyl 3000 along with plenty of other peptides. In this “everything but the kitchen sink” formula, there is also ceramide 3. It’s a good eye cream for the price that softens wrinkles and fine lines with regular use.
Snowberry Bright Defence Day Cream No. 3
Snowberry Bright Defence Day Cream No. 3 ($66 in the shop) is a hydrating day cream with ceramide 2, shea butter, argan oil and sodium hyaluronate. There are also skin brightening agents in the form of Chromabright and Seppicalm. Snowberry hails from New Zealand and the formulas always include some indigenous botanical oddities. Here, there is harakeke, a form of flax (research has shown that flax can improve skin tone).