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Ceramides in Skincare

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!

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Where the idea for this post all started! Image courtesy of Priceline.

The science of ceramides in a lovely infographic I prepared earlier:

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With winter approaching, most people suffer more with dehydrated skin and dry skin lacking moisture. A good time to invest in a moisturiser to address these needs and ceramides can help.

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.

Say What

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.

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1) TOUCH IN SOL BEAUTY AID CREAM

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Image courtesy of Priceline.

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!

Key Ingredients:

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)

Availability:

$49.99 from Priceline

2) AVÈNE EAU THERMALE RICH COMPENSATING CREAM

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Image courtesy of Avène.

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.

Key Ingredients:

Biocymentine (ceramides+plant sterols+fatty acids = winning combo!) / Pre-tocopheryl (Vit E a powerful antioxidant) / Glycerin (hydrating)

Availability:

$62.99 from Priceline

$46.39 from Chemist Warehouse

3) FIRST AID BEAUTY ULTRA REPAIR CREAM

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Image courtesy of Sephora.

 

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

Key Ingredients:

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)

Availability:

$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.

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indeed LABORATORIES… Indeed it’s Good!

Discoveries are the best. You either learn never to go near/eat/touch/experience again (and put it down to life experience!) OR you can discover something that is great. I recently discovered Canadian skincare brand indeed LABORATORIES and couldn’t wait to share.

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Some products from the Indeed Laboratories brand

Those that know me or have worked with me know how passionate I am about skincare and looking after your skin.  This doesn’t mean you need a million products to do so and a higher price point doesn’t necessarily mean better quality or better results. It took me a long time to believe the latter but five years of being in the industry and I can assure you I have learned the hard way!

I also don’t pay any attention to “anti-ageing” claims. They’re always aimed at women (not ok!) and I believe ageing is a privilege. So you’ll never hear me talk about “diminished lines” or “collagen boosting”-blah blah. I look for simple products that are easy and enjoyable to use that really nourish and support skin (and they’re the only ones I’ll be sharing on this blog!).

So lately, I have been testing out the indeed LABORATORIES products on models, actors and brides as well as on myself. Certainly a wide demographic of people and I continue to be impressed.

Why?

Simple products that do what they say?  Check.

Attractive yet recyclable packaging that look chic in my kit/bathroom?  Check.

Reasonable price point?  Check.

No animal testing, cruelty free and animal derivative free ingredients?  Check.

Fragrance free?  Check.

Hi-tech ingredients and modern technology?  Check.

Great textures?  Check.

Here are a couple of my favourites from the Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron range.

Indeed Laboratories: Facial Powdered Exfoliator

indeed LABORATORIES: Facial Powdered Exfoliator

What is it?

An exfoliator in powder form where you add as little or as much water (or get fancy and use a toning mist) as you want to achieve the desired strength.

What’s in it?

  • Bamboo extract- in fine form that won’t cause microtears to the skin
  • Rice bran powder- great ingredient for softening skin (the Japanese have been using it for centuries!)
  • Pineapple enzymes- natural exfoliator and is anti-inflammatory
  • Okinawa red algae- renowned for moisture-retaining properties (algae at the beach = gross.  Algae in skincare = soooo wonderful for you)
  • Hyaluronic acid- adds hydration which is a nice extra property you don’t normally find in exfoliators

How have I been using it?

  • On myself- once/twice a week after cleansing and before moisturising
  • On clients- whenever I feel uneven skin texture before make-up application

Why do I like it?

Easy & fun to use
You hydrate your skin as you exfoliate
Can customise how much exfoliation you need
Can use in the shower (=time saving)
Skin feels so smooth afterwards and you consequently need less serum/moisturiser

Indeed Laboratories: Hydraluron Moisture Booster

indeed LABORATORIES: Hydraluron Moisture Booster

What is it?

Hyaluronic acid that is 100% free of animal derived raw materials and organic solvent remnants that can be used as a serum.

Hyaluronic acid is an incredibly hydrating ingredient that holds up to 10000 times its weight in water, meaning anything you layer over the top will take longer to evaporate off the surface of the skin. Ie- the water in your moisturiser will take longer to evaporate. Hooray for dehydrated skin.

When I use this product I feel so wonderfully hydrated and then I remember this:

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Image courtesy of underthetapestry.com

What’s in it?

Water, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ahnfeltia Concinna extract, Carbomer, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol

How have I been using it?

  • On myself- massaging all over my face every morning and night after cleansing/exfoliating and before my moisturiser
  • On clients- on anyone with dehydrated skin after cleansing and before moisturising (been using this on pretty much everyone, the packaging is extremely kit-friendly)

Why do I like it?

Ingredients are great (not full of low-grade “filler” ingredients)
Makes skin really soft
Gives skin a beautiful glow
No outrageous claims on the packaging
Easy to use and integrate with other brands and products
Works on all skin types
Increases healing time for acne scarring with prolonged use
Easily-absorbed texture (if it’s sticky, you’re using too much!)

Indeed Laboratories: Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask

indeed LABORATORIES: Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask

What is it?

4 sheet masks per pack, each mask soaked in a hyaluronic acid solution

What’s in it?

Lots and lots of hyaluronic acid

How have I been using it?

  • On myself- after cleansing and drying my face I unfold the mask and place over my face. I press in place (I want all the goodness!) and leave it for 15minutes while I relax (do dishes/answer emails/chat on the phone). Once I remove the mask I massage in the remaining serum (no need to wash off) and follow with a moisturiser.
  • On clients- never have the luxury of time to use this on clients but I always recommend them to brides for the night before their wedding.

Why do I like it?

Soooooo relaxing & cooling
Sorts out skin from any over-indulgence
You can skip serum and go straight to moisturiser
Great for dehydration (and long haul flights if you don’t mind the stares)
Great pick-me-up

In Australia, Indeed Laboratories is available from Priceline and Chemist Warehouse.

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I would love to hear from anyone who has been using the indeed LABORATORIES products- which is your favourite and why? And for those who haven’t tried the range, is there any other information you would like to know? Drop me your questions and feedback below.

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