4 Natural Ceramide Loving Ingredients

skin barrier repair

What do ceramides do for skin?

Simply put, ceramides are essential for a healthy skin barrier. Ceramides make up 50% of the lipids in the skin epidermis (the outermost skin layer) and are an essential component of the natural skin barrier. Ceramides are the glue that holds our skin cells together, helping to maintain a healthy skin barrier by holding onto water in our skin for longer and shielding our skin from environmental stressors.

A loss of ceramides, and a damaged skin barrier can cause decreased hydration and increased irritation, leading to redness, blemishes, and dryness.

What can cause ceramide loss in skin?

The body gradually produces fewer ceramides from the age of 25, leaving us with dry and less plump skin as we age. There is also a decline in ceramide production in colder temperatures – which is why many people suffer with dry skin during winter months.

But fear not, there are many ingredients in skincare that can help support your skin’s natural ceramide production and help maintain a healthy skin barrier.


Meet Our 4 Natural Ceramide Loving Ingredients...

1. Ceramides from Wheat

Ceramides from Wheat are called phytoceramides, or plant-derived ceramides, and are much like the ceramides found naturally in skin. Benefits include;

  • Lock in moisture; Ceramides help to strengthen the skin barrier by locking in essential moisture
  • Visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; Locking in moisture has a plumping effect which helps to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and reduce roughness or unevenness. Leaving skin looking healthier, more radiant and feeling comfortable.

Our Bio Retinoid™ Youth Serum contains Ceramides sourced from wheat grain to help strengthen the skin barrier and increase hydration, while our plant-derived alternative to retinol Bidens Pilosa visibly evens skin tone and pigmentation, for plump, smooth, firmer-looking skin, and has been clinically proven to reduce the appearance fine lines and wrinkles after 7 days.


2. Shea butter

Shea butter is a skincare ingredient known for its moisturising and skin-protective properties. Although shea butter does not directly contain ceramides, it supports the skin's natural ceramide levels and skin barrier function through the following:

  • Rich in Fatty Acids: Contains oleic, stearic, linoleic, and palmitic acids, which nourish the skin and support ceramide production
  • Barrier Function: Strengthens the skin barrier, maintaining hydration and protecting against environmental stressors.
  • Moisturisation: Provides intense moisture and keeps the skin hydrated, supporting the skin's natural moisture barrier.

If you’re looking for a hydrating moisturiser with skin-protective properties, look no further than Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream. You can instantly calm and soothe sensitive skin and defend against dehydration with this comforting moisturiser, enriched with Shea Butter and nourishing oils rich in ceramide loving Omega 3 and 6.

If you’re suffering from rough or bumpy skin on your body, you can still exfoliate while being kind to your skin barrier with our Radiance AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum, as this exfoliator contains shea butter, helping to nourish skin and prevent water loss as you exfoliate.

You can gently remove dirt and excess oil with our non-stripping Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk which is infused with Shea Butter to soothe and hydrate skin as you cleanse.


3. Sunflower Seed Oil and Ceramides

Benefits of Sunflower Seed Oil:

  • Ceramide Synthesis: Sunflower seed oil's high linoleic acid content helps support the skin’s natural ceramides maintain a healthy skin barrier
  • Barrier Function: By supporting ceramide synthesis, sunflower seed oil improves the skin's hydration, reduces transepidermal water loss, and protects against environmental stressors.

Ceramide production doesn’t just benefit your face, your body needs attention too! As the name suggests…Evercalm Barrier Support Body Balm was specifically designed to nourish and strengthen the skin barrier, and so is naturally packed full of ceramide loving oils (including Sunflower Seed Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil and Sweet Almond Oil) rich in Omega 3, 6, and 9 to help nourish the skin barrier Evercalm Barrier Support Body Balm also contains Safflower Ceramide Complex, a unique blend of Omega 6, Ceramides 3, and analogue of Ceramides 2 and 10, to relieve dry skin and help strengthen the skin barrier.


4. Jojoba Oil and Ceramides

Benefits of Jojoba Oil:

  • Ceramide-Like Properties: While not a direct source of ceramides, Jojoba Oil's long-chain esters mimic ceramides and support the skin barrier
  • Moisturisation: Jojoba oil locks in moisture and helps maintain skin hydration, essential for a healthy skin barrier
  • Barrier Protection: It supports the skin barrier by mimicking natural oils and protecting against external irritants
  • Non-Comedogenic: Jojoba oil is unlikely to clog pores, making it suitable for blemish-prone skin

Jojoba Oil and Sunflower Oil are key ingredients in our bestselling Evercalm Overnight Recovery Balm, which has been clinically proven to help strengthen the skin barrier in 15 minutes. Apply at night to a freshly cleansed face after your serum, or at any time of the day on very dry or sensitive skin that needs extra attention.

For fast-acting relief from dry, itchy or irritated skin use Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask, which calms and soothes sensitive skin, while helping to protect the skin barrier against future irritation with ceramide loving ingredients like Jojoba Oil.

If you’re looking for a luxurious rich body oil to intensively nourish and replenish your skin, look no further than our Moroccan Rose Ultra-Moisture Body Oil, which contains ceramide loving Jojoba Oil, Organic Rosehip and Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oils that are packed full of plant-derived Ceramides Omega 3 & 6.

Jojoba Oil is one of many hydrating ingredients in our Radiance Overnight Dark Spot Sleeping Cream, which is a great nighttime moisturiser for those suffering from dark spots or hyperpigmentation. Clinically proven to reduce the appearance of dark spots from 7 days, our hydrating formula easily absorbs into skin to deliver an energising boost of moisture and visibly reduce the appearance of dark spots, so that you can awake with a dewy and glowing complexion that lasts all day.