Ceramide serums are usually at the top on our list to combat dry skin.

We know what you’re thinking: aren’t ceramide serums usually used in cold, wintry weather? This isn’t entirely right, ceramide serums are also great to use on dry skin in humid climates

Read on to find out more about why ceramide serums work and the best ones to quench your dry skin with. Don’t forget to pair your serum with a hydrating toner too!

What are ceramide serums?

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Ceramides are lipids or fats that are naturally found in the skin that can help maintain the skin barrier, which in turn helps in retaining moisture while keeping environmental stressors at bay.

Similar to collagen, ceramides deplete over time, and without it, your skin may become desert-dry. Lack of ceramides in the skin can also cause redness, inflammation, tightness, itch, and acne.

This is why those with dehydrated and stressed skin can really stand to benefit from a ceramide serum, as well as those with eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis.

It is safe to frequently use a ceramide serum and it is even recommended to be applied twice daily. You can use it with other ceramide products like a ceramide moisturiser for an extra boost.

Plus, it is totally good to use with other skincare ingredients, so you can go ahead and layer these without worry.

They also have no known side effects, though it always recommended to do a patch test if you’re using a product for the first time.

Benefits of ceramide serums

When you incorporate a ceramide serum into your routine, you can expect these benefits:

  • Restores the skin barrier: A loss of ceramides leads to a compromised skin barrier, which can cause irritation. Replenishing your ceramides can in turn keep this barrier healthy.
  • Maintain moisture: Once your skin’s barrier is functioning well, it can seal in moisture into your skin and prevent the loss of water.
  • Reduces signs of aging: The boost in hydration in your skin can also lead to a reduction in the appearance of fine lines, as wrinkles can be more exaggerated when the skin is parched.
  • Protect the skin: Ceramides can protect the skin against environmental stressors and pollution. These aggressors can be damaging to the skin and cause premature ageing.
  • Makes skin more tolerable: Active ingredients like AHA/BHA may be quite harsh on the skin but a good ceramide serum can help to withstand these active ingredients and therefore lead to less irritation.
  • Defends against inflammation: When the skin’s barrier is compromised and dehydrated, it can become dry and inflamed, and at risk of skin conditions like acne and rosacea. So, by maintaining your skin barrier, you can keep these conditions away.
  • Soften and smoothen the skin: Dehydration through a weak skin barrier can cause dryness and flakiness. This would make your skin rough and uneven, so restoring the lost lipids can increase hydration and improve your overall complexion.

Best ceramide serums

Alpha-H Vitamin E Serum with 1% Ceramide Complex

Alpha-H Vitamin E Serum with 1% Ceramide Complex Cult-favourite

Lightweight, hydrating, and restorative, this serum is designed to support the barrier’s function.

It uses vitamin E derivative, ceramides, and macadamia seed oil to not only deeply moisturise the skin, but also nurture and fortify it. If you’re worried about sensitivity issues, this serum is suitable to treat dry, damaged, and sensitive skin.

It retails for RM263.

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Ample:N Ceramide Shot Ampoule

Ample:N Ceramide Shot Ampoule

Give your skin a shot of ceramides with this product that is designed to soothe extremely dry and sensitive skin.

Usable in both the morning and evening, it contains arctigenin, a skincare ingredient with anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.  It also has allantoin, another hydrating ingredient that helps to trap water in the skin.

It retails for RM153.57.

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Cosrx The Hyaluronic Acid 3

Cosrx The Hyaluronic Acid 3

A soothing ceramide serum, this product contains 3% hyaluronic acid,  a natural substance found in the fluids in the eyes and joints that helps the skin hold on to water.

Amino acids and ceramide components in the formula also help the skin’s barrier to recover over time and give it a healthy look. You can  expect deep moisture as well as a soothing cooling effect when you apply this product.

It retails for RM98.50.

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Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Hydration Booster

Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Hydration Booster

Enjoy smoother and softer looking skin in no time with this powerful hydrating super-serum.

Other than ceramides, it also contains hyaluronic acid and marine algae for a boost in hydration levels. Meanwhile, you can also enjoy the presence of antioxidant-rich watermelon extract and centella asiatica which is amazing at soothing stressed skin.

It retails for RM294.

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Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Serum

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Serum Glowing reviews

A deeply moisturising serum, it delivers hydration to the inside using total ceramide, a patented ingredient.

Suitable for all skin types,  this ceramide serum improves the skin’s barrier function by accelerating your ceramide production so that it improves dryness, tightness, toughness, flakiness, and even sensitiveness in your skin.

It retails for RM165.

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Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum

Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum

An ultra-hydrating gel serum, it is formulated with pineapple ceramide to attract and hold moisture. It also has vitamin B5, which is another skincare ingredient that can moisturiser, improve the barrier function, and maintain skin elasticity.

This ceramide serum contains a rich blend of antioxidants that nourishes skin while defending it against free radicals, preventing the occurrences of dark spots and saggy skin. It also helps your skin look brighter, healthier, and more youthful with every application.

It retails for RM210.

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Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules

Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules

This product uses an enhanced ceramide lipid complex with combines fatty acids and tons of other skin loving ingredients to support the skin’s own protective barrier. It also contains sea fennel extract to enhance skin cell renewal, tsubaki oil to improve elascity, hops extract to increase radiance, and butcher’s broom extract to improve firmness.

Although more targeted towards the delicate eye area, this serum can still be used on the rest of the face to reduce the look of fine lines. You can rest well knowing that each capsule is biodegradable, fragrance-, and preservative-free too.

It retails for RM267.

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For Beloved One Advanced Anti-Aging Ceramide Squalane Serum

For Beloved One Advanced Anti-Aging Ceramide Squalane Serum

This anti-ageing ceramide serum is designed to give you younger-looking skin through an abundance of nutrition that is normally lost in the ageing process.

It also has a moisture-locking formula to seal in those antioxidants and revive fatigued cells. It promises to give you an extra boost of confidence from your newly revived skin, so your new mood can reflect your new skin!

It retails for RM310.

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Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum

Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum

Infused with 28 beneficial ingredients to nourish and prep your skin for a flawless makeup application, this is both a primer and a serum, hence the name. Look forward to a refined and retexturised surface for your makeup as well as an extended durability for your foundation with this ceramide serum.

A silky, lightweight oil, this sensorial botanical blend glides on and absorbs into the skin while hydrating the complexion. What’s interesting is that you can also use this on your hair to seal split ends, and that it helps to repel water, so your makeup will remain fresh-looking throughout the day.

It retails for RM315.

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Mario Badescu Herbal Hydrating Serum

Mario Badescu Herbal Hydrating Serum

A nourishing serum for both day and night, you can give your skin an extra boost of hydration. It is an oil-free formula that uses ceramides and extracts of gingko and ginseng, both of which are revered for their anti-ageing properties.

It also contains the moisture attracting hyaluronic acid, so you can expect softer and deeply moisturised skin without any greasy residue. Several reviews also mention how it has a lovely refreshing feel to it upon application, which brings them coming back for more.

It retails for RM165.

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Neogence Ceramide 3% + NMF 15%

Neogence Ceramide 3% + NMF 15%

Lightweight and easy to absorb, this powerhouse serum is designed to give you plump and moisturised skin, thanks to its blend of ceramides that will improve your skin’s natural defenses.

It also contains oat extract, which is loaded with compounds good for the skin and body. Some benefits oat extract can provide include better water retention, skin barrier repairing, and free radical protection.

It retails for RM169.

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Nerish Soy Ceramide Barrier Ampoule

Nerish Soy Ceramide Barrier Ampoule

Using ceramides derived from soy, this product gives a clean skin texture while recovering the moisture barrier. You’ll enjoy the smooth moisturising creamy texture of this serum that will spread like a dream and absorb just as well.

For those of you who have sensitive skin, you could try this ceramide serum as it has been tested to be hypoallergenic. You’ll also likely see an improvement in your skin’s overall complexion and a reduction in wrinkles.

It retails for RM145.

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Paula's Choice Omega+ Complex Serum

Paula's Choice Omega+ Complex Serum Cult-favourite

With a five ceramide blend, this serum not only softens your skin but also helps diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles. What’s great is that it has an omega-rich complex that fortifies the skin against environmental damage, so you can say goodbye to premature ageing and sun damage.

This product definitely has a lot of repeat buyers and we can see why. Reviewers love how this is super lightweight, effective, and how it works for all skin types. One thing you have to note when using this ceramide serum is that you have to wear sunscreen if you are applying this in the morning, preferably SPF 30 or greater.

It retails for RM205.

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Skin Inc Ceramide Serum

Skin Inc Ceramide Serum

Described as a must-have for those with sensitive skin, this hydrating serum helps to soothe dehydrated and eczema-prone skin. It contains four types of ceramides to create lipid layers that mimic the skin’s protective barrier.

You can also see that it is encapsulated in seaweed patented capsules to protect these delicate active ingredients from exposure to light and oxidation. This means you can get more potent and stable ingredients that will work wonders on your skin.

It retails for RM220.

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Skintific 5X Ceramide Barrier Serum

Skintific 5X Ceramide Barrier Serum Affordable

Formulated to optimise the repair of a damaged skin barrier, it contains five types of ceramides. It also contains BFL probiotics to regulate the skin’s microbiome, which can protect the skin against inflammation, infection, and environmental aggressors.

Those with sensitive skin can reach for this product as it also contains centella asiatica, a great ingredient that soothes and treats inflamed skin. This ceramide serum is suitable for all skin types, and is formulated without alcohol, parabens, mineral oil, and colouring.

It retails for RM78.

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TonyMoly Wonder Ceramide Mochi Ampoule

TonyMoly Wonder Ceramide Mochi Ampoule

Containing eight types of moisturising hyaluronic acid, this will keep your dry skin hydrated as soon as it is applied. The result? Skin that looks bouncy and soft like mochi!

You can also expect a green relief formula, which contains a long list of soothing and moisturising ingredients great for sensitive skin. It is free from 20 harmful ingredients and can be used on any skin type, so you don’t have to worry about stressed skin.

It retails for RM79.90.

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