Ceramides Are Your Best Bet to Beat All Your Winter Skin Care Woes

It’s that time of the year when you religiously stock up on all the essentials you need to tackle winter skin. Because no matter how healthy your skin is, it still needs constant hydration and nourishment. One way to protect your skin from all the dryness, irritation and itchiness the season brings is to look for skin care products boasting ceramides.

What are ceramides?

Ceramides are lipids that help your skin hold on to moisture while helping form its protective barrier. If your levels are off, your skin suffers. While your skin naturally produces ceramides, there are things that can strip them away. We’re talking certain soaps (and hot water) and environmental aggressors.

What are the best skin care products featuring ceramides?

You want to look for products with several types of ceramides to help get your ratio back where it should be. The best options are real multitaskers, tackling everything from the visible signs of aging to repairing damaged skin cells via vitamin C.

Now that you know what ceramides can do for you, it’s time to get shopping. Check out the best ceramide-infused skin care picks to keep your skin healthy all winter long.

Sunday Riley

ICE Ceramide Moisturizing Cream, $65 at Sephora

Get your skin’s moisture barrier back in top form with this lightweight cream. But the formula doesn’t make the ceramides do all the work. It also relies on vitamin F and coconut to get the job done.

Mario Badescu

A.H.A. & Ceramide Moisturizer, $20 at Nordstrom

This protective moisturizer is a great option for people with sensitive skin. It’s made with gentle botanicals, aloe and vitamin C to hydrate complexions without clogging pores or bringing on breakouts.

First Aid Beauty

Ultra Repair Cream, $34 at DermStore

In addition to ceramides, this repairing formula has oatmeal extract, shea butter and eucalyptus oil. This powerful blend helps the cream create a protective barrier around your skin while it soothes any inflammation or redness.


Hydrating Facial Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin, $15.99 at Ulta Beauty

CeraVe is all about replenishing ceramide levels and this hydrating face wash also boasts hyaluronic acid to make sure your skin retains all that moisture.


Ceramidin Liquid, $39 at Sephora

This moisturizing toner increases your skin’s ceramide count thanks to its 5-cera complex along with panthenol, centella asiatica and phyto extracts.

Paula’s Choice

Clinical Ceramide-Enriched Firming Moisturizer, $58 at Paula’s Choice

This concentrated formula visibly reduces the signs of aging with a little help from five essential ceramides, retinol and vitamin C. And boy does it moisturize.

Elizabeth Arden

Retinol Ceramide Capsules, $84 at Macy’s

These tiny capsules contain a serum featuring retinol to fight wrinkles and, since the wrinkle fighter tends to irritate sensitive skin, moisture-boosting ceramides. Win-win.


Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2, $128 at DermStore

Our skin needs constant hydration in winter and this moisturizer is loaded with ultra nourishing vitamin E, essential oils and, of course, ceramides. Use two times a day to improve elasticity and overall radiance.