If you read this blog or know I that I come from a scientific background, you’ll know I don’t buy into fads or marketing jargon when it comes to skincare. However sometimes just sometimes, companies get it right. Recently I discovered the Beauty Aid Cream by Korean brand Touch in Sol. I was intrigued by the molecule which appeared on the packaging and asked my chemistry PhD friend to tell me what it was. Turns out it’s ceramide-3 and it’s the good type of ceramide. Not sure what ceramides are or what makes this one so good (or frankly, how it’s relevant to life)? Winter is coming, you’re going to want to know. Keep reading!
The science of ceramides in a lovely infographic I prepared earlier:
So how do we know if the ceramides found in our skincare are indeed mixed in the correct ratio in order to be effective in skincare?
Short answer- you can’t really.
Ceramides are good moisturisers but may not be any better than regular lotions (including the less expensive petrolatum!) unless correctly formulated and the way ceramides are listed in ingredient list still won’t tell you.
Loosely speaking, ceramides can appear in ingredient lists as:
Ceramide 1, Ceramide 2, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 4, Ceramide 5, Ceramide 6, Ceramide 7, Ceramide 8, Ceramide 9, Ceramide E
Or in much more complicated nomenclature ie- moCETYL-PG HYDROXYETHYL PALMITAMIDE (cuz we’d all know what that was!)
More helpful answer- trial and error!
Trialling is the only way you will know whether the ceramide-containing-moisturiser is making a difference to your skin or whether the product is unfortunately just a marketing con.
Here are my top three tried-and-tested picks.
1) TOUCH IN SOL BEAUTY AID CREAM
Why I like it:
- Been using this one in my kit quite a lot lately. It’s been a big hit because of its texture, divine smell and for the immediate relief it provides for those with drier or dehydrated skin types.
- Also a fabulous base for makeup no matter which complexion product you layer over the top.
- Suitable for those with sensitive skin.
- Oh and I like the packaging- gym bag, travel bag, kit bag and airplane friendly yeehaa!
Ceramide 3 (skin enhancer) / Bifida ferment lysate (antioxidant) / Portulaca oleracea extract (skin calming) / Biosaccharide gum-1(moisturiser) / 5 types of vegetable extract / Shea butter (hydrating)
$49.99 from Priceline
2) AVÈNE EAU THERMALE RICH COMPENSATING CREAM
Why I like it:
- Because it’s rich in texture but not greasy and is able to be easily absorbed by the skin.
- Beautiful subtle fragrance.
- Great option for skiing, sitting in aircon/central heating, air travel.
- Great for mature skin also.
Biocymentine (ceramides+plant sterols+fatty acids = winning combo!) / Pre-tocopheryl (Vit E a powerful antioxidant) / Glycerin (hydrating)
$62.99 from Priceline
$46.39 from Chemist Warehouse
3) FIRST AID BEAUTY ULTRA REPAIR CREAM
Why I like it:
- I probably prefer this one more for the body rather than for the face (although it can be used for the face also)
- Soothing and calming for itchy skin or skin that suffers eczema
- Not tested on animals
Ceramide 3 (in this case teamed with the fatty acid stearic acid) / Glycerin (hydrating) / Glycerin (hydrating) / Colloidal Oatmeal (calming and soothing) / Shea Butter (hydrating) / Green Tea extract (antioxidant)
$58 from Sephora
Hope this article helped dispel some myths and you’ve now got your eye on a new winter moisturiser. If you want to know more about the use of ceramides in skincare or about the products mentioned in this post, please feel free to leave me any questions below.