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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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Wedding Day Lipsticks (that won’t ruin your first kiss)

The first time your husband-to-be will see you on your wedding day is a moment you will treasure for life. I always think it’s nice to keep a memento of that occasion (in addition to the photos). Being a make-up artist, naturally I’m going to suggest that this souvenir could be your wedding day lipstick. Every time you use the lipstick thereafter, you will always be reminded of your wedding day (good for so many reasons!). So here are my top pick of lipsticks that have good staying power AND are also kiss-conducive. You can kiss and have great lipstick that stays put too!?… Oh 2015 how divine you are.

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The lipsticks I’m going to recommend are all a satin finish which is fancy-speak for a lipstick that has less pigment in it than a matte or cream lipstick with a sheer finish. I like to think of them as a hybrid of between a lipstick and a gloss: the staying power of a lipstick with the texture of a gloss (but more balmy than sticky!).

You can always swap to a matte or cream lipstick for the reception if you wish to go for a bolder shade and I’ll do another post with those suggestions later on.

When shopping for satin textured lipsticks, please note that satin/sheer lipsticks have a high oil component so they appear darker in the bullet than they are once applied. Don’t be put off and swatching is always advised.

Ok so the satin lipstick roundup includes:

Chanel “Rouge Coco”

  • Impressive range of colours (neutrals, pinks, reds, berries & orange)
  • Infused with mimosa, jojoba and sunflower plant butters
  • Great staying power
Chanel Rouge Coco

Chanel Rouge Coco in “Olga”

The colour range looks like this:

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Image courtesy of Chanel

Available from: Myer, David Jones and a few stand alone Chanel beauty and fragrance boutiques.

 

Lipstick Queen “Lipstick Saint”

  • 20 shades mostly catering to pinks and nudes
  • Only 10% pigment so a really great option if you like your makeup minimal
  • If you layer enough you can actually build the colour intensity
Lipstick Queen "Saint Lipstick" in Bare Nude

Lipstick Queen Saint Lipstick in “Bare Nude”

The colour range:

Lipstick Queen Saint Lipstick colour range

Image courtesy of Mecca Cosmetica

Available from: Kit Cosmetics and selected Mecca Maxima stores.

 

YSL “Rouge Volupté Shine”

  • Hyaluronic acid microspheres seal in moisture & Vitamin E conditions lips.
  • Also with an SPF15 so great for outdoor weddings.
  • Great range of sheer bold colours
  • Can’t beat that packaging!
YSL Rouge Volupté Shine in “28- Rose in Time”

YSL Rouge Volupté Shine in “Rose in Time”

The colour range:

YSL Rouge Volupté Shine colour range

Image courtesy of YSL

Available from: Myer, David Jones, Mecca Maxima & Sephora.

 

Chantecaille “Lip Chic”

  • Brilliant longwear formula (once the sheen wears off you’re left with a beautiful stain of colour)
  • The shape of the bullet makes for precise application (no brush needed!)
  • Are shea butter based so your lips feel nourished the whole time
Chantecaille Lip Chic in Tea Rose

Chantecaille Lip Chic in “Tea Rose”

The colour range:

Chantecaille Lip Chic colour range

Image courtesy of Nordstrom

MAC Sheen Supreme

  • Super hydrating
  • The finishes vary between being pearlescent and creamy
  • Small hint of fragrance
Mac Sheen Supreme Lipstick in "Zen Rose"

Mac Sheen Supreme Lipstick in “Zen Rose”

The colour range:

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick colour range

Image courtesy of MAC

Available from: Myer, David Jones & stand alone MAC stores.

 

My top tip:

Keep the Transformulas LipVolume on your lips for the whole morning of your wedding while you are getting ready.  The treatment balm will keep lips hydrated and plumped while the peppermint makes you feel minty fresh.  You can keep a light layer on before adding your wedding lipstick too!

Transformulas LipVolume lip plumper

If you enjoyed this post, you might like my other pre-wedding advice that you can download here.  Other bridal inspiration posts can be found here.

If you would like any more information about the lipsticks reviewed here, please leave your questions below and I’ll get back to you.  In the meantime, happy kissing!

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