The Top 5 Skin Care Ingredients You Need to Know
What it is: Lipid molecules that are found in high concentrations within cell membranes. In the top layer of the skin, ceramides hold skin cells together, forming a protective layer that plumps the skin and retains moisture. (Think of skin cells as the bricks and ceramides as the mortar.)
What it does: In skincare products, ceramides are used to replenish the natural lipids that are lost from exposure to harsh environmental factors, use of drying products, and during in the aging process. They restore moisture, fortify the skin’s natural barrier and help protect it against harm from foreign elements. Ceramides are also particularly effective in treating eczema.
Try: CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM with SPF 30 ($13.99, walgreens.com); Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum ($72, elizabetharden.com); Mario Badescu Ceramide Eye Gel ($18, mariobadescu.com).