What Are Ceramides, and Why Do We Want Them in Our Skincare?

Hallie Gould

Every so often we'll come across a word so ubiquitous with skincare that it takes us a few minutes to realize we don't even know what it means. Such is the case with ceramides: A word I know is important, an ingredient I'm sure I want in my products, but also a term I know nothing about beyond those two points. So I decided to find out.

I reached out to two women in the skincare biz who have helped me through almost every emergency—whether it be a skin ailment, product recommendation, or even my almost compulsive need for monthly facials. Below celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau and NYC-based dermatologist Rachel Nazarian, MD, discuss the real meaning of ceramides and why you need them in your skincare. Plus, they called out great products to boot.

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