Picture a towering, multi-tiered birthday cake. Sure, the layers of soft cake grab your attention, but look a little closer, and you’ll see there’s another delicious detail at play: the frosting! If skin cells and proteins are like the cake, then ceramides are the frosting helping to seal in all that goodness.
To learn about the key benefits of ceramides, what ceramides are made of, and why they’re an excellent addition to skincare routines for many different skin types, keep scrolling.
What Are Ceramides in Skincare?
Just like that frosting in your confetti cake, ceramides play a vital role in the beauty of your skin. Naturally found in the top layers of your skin, ceramides are fatty lipid molecules that serve two key benefits related to skin barrier function. First, they act as a sort of protective layer that helps shield skin from external aggravators and irritants. Second, the ceramides in skin help retain moisture.
The two known types of ceramides are sphingosine and phytosphingosine, and our bodies produce a lot of them naturally. In fact, ceramides account for 50% of our skin’s lipids. (If you’re curious, the other 50% are cholesterol and free fatty acids.) However, as we age, our natural ceramide supply begins to dwindle significantly—especially as we move beyond our late 20s.
All that said, it’s been scientifically proven that incorporating skincare products formulated with ceramides into your beauty routine can help better protect your precious layers of skin and improve skin hydration.
Ceramide Skincare Products
Now that you understand the benefits of ceramides in skincare products, how about we introduce you to some of our favorites?
1. Confidence in a Cream Hydrating Moisturizer
You’ll find ceramides in many of the IT Cosmetics Confidence skincare products, including our Confidence in a Cream Hydrating Moisturizer. This quick-absorbing cream helps strengthen your skin's moisture barrier while delivering an impressive 24 hours of continuous skin hydration. It also helps reduce the look of fine lines, visibly minimizes pores, and helps brighten your skin’s appearance. We recommend this moisturizer for all skin types, and particularly anyone with dry skin.
This moisturizer is my go-to for daily use. I apply it each AM after vitamin C serum and it works well. I notice a reduction in breakouts and my skin looks better overall,” says one recent reviewer on itcosmetics.com.
2. Confidence in a Gel Lotion Moisturizer
You’ll also find ceramides in our Confidence in a Gel Lotion, the lightweight, hydrating sister to our cream. Ideal for oily and blemish-prone skin types, it's a quick-absorbing gel formula that delivers 72 hours of hydration.
3. Confidence in Your Beauty Sleep Night Cream
For a special treat before hitting that pillow, apply a generous amount of Confidence in Your Beauty Sleep Night Cream. In addition to visibly improving the top signs of aging and delivering long-lasting hydration, it’s scented with soothing lavender and is formulated to prevent visible product transfer while you sleep.
“I love this product. It absorbs quickly into my skin, doesn’t feel greasy or sticky, and it smells amazing. When I wake up in the morning I have a beautiful healthy glow. I would recommend this product,” says an itcosmetics.com reviewer.
4. Confidence in an Eye Cream
Your eye area deserves a little ceramide TLC, too, and Confidence in an Eye Cream is just the product. It helps visibly reduce wrinkles around the eyes while helping skin feel hydrated and firmer. It's also formulated with an exclusive apricot tint and Drops of Light Technology™ to visibly color-correct and brighten dark under eye circles.
5. Confidence in a Neck Cream
How about some shapewear for your neck? Confidence in a Neck Cream contains ceramides to help retain moisture and reinforce the skin barrier, as well as collagen to support elasticity for a more youthfully smooth appearance. Add some hyaluronic acid to plump the look of fine lines and you’re on your way to a neck skin that’s radiant looking. In an eight-week clinical study*, it helped lift the look of skin and improved firmness, smoothness, and elasticity.
6. Confidence in a Cleanser
Yep, you’ll find ceramides in facial cleansers, too! They’re an ingredient in Confidence in a Cleanser, a breakthrough one-step skincare solution that’s a skin-softening serum and cleanser in one. It gently sweeps makeup, dirt, and grime from your face to leave it feeling soft and balanced. In a clinical study,** 100% of participants showed improved hydration and said their skin felt completely clean. In the same study, 89% felt an immediate skin-softening effect and 83% said their skin looked and felt rejuvenated.
7. Bye Bye Makeup Cleansing Balm
Bye Bye Makeup Cleansing Balm is a 3-in-1 sulfate-free balm with a luxurious feel. This cleansing balm helps melt away impurities and makeup—including the stubborn waterproof variety—without drying out your skin. The inclusion of ceramides helps your skin retain moisture while reinforcing the skin barrier.
“I've repurchased this many times,” writes one itcosmetics.com reviewer. “It is gentle, removes even waterproof makeup, and leaves skin feeling very soft. This is a HG [holy grail] must-have for me.”
IT Cosmetics partners with plastic surgeons and board-certified dermatologists to develop skin-loving solutions and clinically tested formulas. If the moisturizers we mentioned here intrigued you, learn more about them and discover which is best for you.
**Results observed in a clinical study.
- Fabrizio Spada; Tanya M Barnes; and Kerryn A Greive. “Skin hydration is significantly increased by a cream formulated to mimic the skin’s own natural moisturizing systems. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology. 2018