Generally speaking, Stephens explains that ceramides can be incorporated at any part of your routine, but being featured in moisturizers is key: “It can provide great benefit when used in a moisturizer especially at nighttime, when it’s most important for the skin to repair and maintain hydration.”
Echoing this statement, Rabach would recommend the Cetaphil Restoraderm or the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. Formulated specifically for sensitive and eczema-prone skin, the former works to restore the skin barrier and improve moisture retention. CeraVe’s formula is a TikTok favorite for reliable, affordable daily hydration.
Those hoping to treat signs of aging should consider the SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2—a cream packed with not only ceramides, but cholesterol and fatty acids to enhance skin’s suppleness and texture. Otherwise, severely dry, damaged, or compromised skin types could find relief in SkinMedica’s TNS cream that aids the skin barrier while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Eadem’s Cloud Cushion moisturizer is a solid choice for those with oily skin, since it’s a surprisingly light yet hydrating formula. Or, Farmacy’s Honey Halo offers clean, cruelty-free nourishment to lock in moisture for glowing skin.
Beyond moisturizers, add a ceramide-infused serum to your beauty cabinet for added hydration. Glow Recipe’s Redness Relief Serum boasts a cocktail of ceramides, allantoin, as well as avocado butter and extracts to soothe skin, while Cocokind’s serum combines the superstar ingredient with lipids and lactic acid to reduce signs of irritation and improve softness.
“The Inkey List Ceramide Hydrating Night Treatment is a great option for those with oily skin or anyone wanting something with a lightweight feeling,” says Stephens. With the treatment, expect to wake up with supple, replenished skin. Then, there’s Supergoop!’s sunscreen oil that’s formulated with ceramides and SPF 40 to fortify the skin barrier and protect against damage.
Consider face oils the secret to sealing in hydration for a more luminous complexion. “If you have a moisturizer that you already love but want the additional benefit of ceramides, consider adding a drop of oil to the end of your regimen,” says Stephens. Apply Pai’s The Light Fantastic Ceramide Face Oil as the last step in your regimen to soothe stressed skin. “Grapeseed oil has [about] 75% ceramides and additional akin nourishing antioxidant and anti-aging benefits,” she continues.
What Should Ceramides Be Paired With for Maximal Results?
As you craft your entire routine, it’s important to think about what ingredients might work in tandem with ceramides without exacerbating skin conditions. “Ceramides can be paired with hyaluronic acid, which is more of a humectant (meaning it pulls moisture in), or niacinamide or glycerin,” says Rabach.