What are Ceramides in skincare and do you need them?

May 28, 2023 Skincare

Ceramides in Skincare: What are they, Do you need them, and Where to find them.

There are a lot of buzzwords in skincare, what what do they actually mean? We’re taking a deep dive into Ceramides in skincare to simplify how they can benefit your skin, and where you’ll find them in some of our go-to serums, moisturisers and masks.


What are Ceramides?

Ceramides are game-changers in skincare for their ability to improve the skin’s moisture barrier. But what are they? Ceramides are lipids, which are fatty acids that are produced by your body and make up a large part of your skin’s natural lipid skin barrier. Ceramides help to protect the skin from external aggressors such as environmental stressors and pollution.

Imagine your skin is made up of bricks and mortar. The skin cells would be the bricks, and the lipids would be the mortar in between. You wouldn’t expect a stack of bricks alone to be very effective without the mortar holding everything in place, which is how your skin might be without ceramides. They serve as a protective barrier for the rest of your skin, locking in hydration and moisture from the outside.

Skincare products with Ceramides

Ceramides are considered a game-changing well-aging ingredient in skincare, even thought by some to be more important and effective than retinol, niacinamide and peptides. The Maria serum by Catarina Barbosa features vegetable ceramides to help improve dry, irritated and sensitive skin and strengthen the skin’s protective barrier.

One of our go-to masks that includes Ceramides is the VENN Collagen Intensive Phyto-Retinol Renewal Mask – a scientifically formulated hydrogel face mask that’s fabulous for plumping, lifting and firming the skin.

How to recognise Ceramides in a skincare product ingredient list

Fortunately, you’ll most often see the word “Ceramide” on the ingredient list. You might also look for ingredients related to ceramides, like phytosphingosine and sphingosine that are known as ceramide precursors, meaning they can help encourage the skin into actually producing ceramides.

Why should you use skincare with Ceramides?

Ceramides are a versatile skincare ingredient that can benefit a wide range of skin types. If you have dry or dehydrated skin, ceramides can help to boost moisture levels and improve the skin’s ability to retain hydration. Similarly, if you have oily or acne-prone skin, ceramides can support the skin barrier function, which may have been compromised by harsh treatments or overuse of drying products. Ceramides are also suitable for mature skin, as they help to strengthen the skin’s structure and support anti-aging efforts. Essentially, anyone looking to enhance their skin’s hydration, resilience, and overall health can benefit from incorporating ceramides into their skincare routine.

For help customising your skincare routine or advice on introducing ceramides or other targeted ingredients into your routine, speak with us via Live Chat or email

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