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Ceramides Are A Must-Have Ingredient In Your Skincare Regime

No one likes to see fine lines and wrinkles on their faces, which is why it’s important to use anti-ageing skincare and a good moisturiser to keep your complexion healthy and plump. But with so many different products in the market, it can be difficult to find the right one. Our tip: look at the ingredients list and find one that has ceramides.

It may not be as commonly known as other ingredients like vitamins or hyaluronic acid, but they play an important role in hydrating your skin, ensuring it is well-protected and retains its elasticity. According to Dr Lum Yang Xi of IDS Clinic, ceramides are natural lipid molecules that are present in the top layer of our skin. They help to hold skin cells together, forming a layer on the outermost part of the epidermis to help retain moisture and protect against environmental bacteria and harm.

Products made with ceramides are used to replenish the natural lipids in our skin that gets lost from exposure to harsh environmental factors, like pollution, and during the ageing process.  The result: plumper, more hydrated skin with less fine lines and wrinkles. “It is also able to treat eczema prone skin by replacing the amount of ceramides in the skin that they lack,” she adds, thus, making it suitable for even sensitive skin.

However, Dr Ram Nath from the Wellness Clinic shares that “they lose their effectiveness if exposed to light and air.” So, it’s best that you store your products in a cool and dark environment, making sure they are tightly closed.

Below, all the products infused with ceramides you need to get now.

#1: Mamonde Moisture Ceramide Emulsion, $28
This supports the skin’s natural moisture barrier by both replenishing and retaining hydration. The fast-absorbing formula acts instantly to refresh the skin while providing continuous moisture through the day. #2: Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream, $77, Sephora
Supercharged with the power of ceramides, this moisturiser quenches dehydrated skin and is said to support skin’s moisture barrier with time-released hydration for up to 26 hours. It helps prevent water loss and seals in moisture to relieve dryness and irritation caused by environmental stress. It also improves the appearance of fine lines, flakiness and tightness, leaving skin looking and feeling healthier and smoother. #3: Guerlain Smart SOS Cream, $45
This ultra-nourishing cream features a formula that provides long-lasting hydration, immediately soothing and comforting skin impacted by fatigue, stress and external conditions such as UV rays or cold temperatures. The refined formula is rich in active ingredients that protect and defend the most sensitive of skin. #4: Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream, $96, Sephora
A potent cream that is made with three molecular sizes of hyaluronic acid (which is a powerful hydrator that retains up to 1,000 times its weight in water from moisture in the atmosphere) to replenish moisture in skin. Ceramides help keep moisture locked in, while antioxidant-rich elderberry helps slow down signs of ageing to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. #5: Laneige Perfect Renew Eye Serum, $65
This contains ginger water (it has excellent anti-ageing effects) to provide care for the eye are (eyelids, outer corner of eyes and under eyes). Ceramide water moisturises and lavender oil prevents the skin around the eyes from losing moisture for soft and supple skin around the eyes. #6: It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream, $72, Sephora
Developed with plastic surgeons, this eye cream visibly smoothens lines and instantly brightens while reducing the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. Perfect for all skin types, the deeply nourishing and quick-absorbing formula delivers powerful results to leave your eye area looking younger and well-rested. #7: Skin Inc Pure Nano Hydrating Gel, $169
This gel-based, water-soluble emulsion contains capsules of seaweed extract and vitamin C to improve delivery of key nutrients into the skin. A blend of pearl extract and ceramide complex helps brighten, nourish and hydrate while antioxidants protect skin from environmental damage. Main image: Showbit.com Like this? Check out the best masks to unclog and minimise pores, the acne spot treatments that actually work and the hydrating toners that are essential in every skincare routine.