Out of all The Plant Base ampoules that have recently launched, based on the packaging alone, The Plant Base Quesera Ceramide is perhaps the least obvious at immediately clarifying exactly what it does for your skin. Here, we break down just how important ceramides (the main ingredient in this ampoule) are for rebuilding skin that’s been damaged.
Each of The Plant Base ampoules are hyper-targeted to attack certain skin issues with specific ingredients: The Water-Full ampoule uses 100% hyaluronic acid to intensely hydrate really dry skin and the Time Stop uses 76.53% mushroom extract to smooth out wrinkles. But what about the Quesera Ceramide one? Yup, this ampoule uses, you guessed it, ceramides (a whopping 74.19% of rice ceramide) to actually help skin heal faster from a bunch of different issues, including eczema, acne scars, and damaged skin in general.
So, why should I care about ceramides?
Here’s the deal: No one has perfect skin. You may have perfect skin right now, but at some point or another, life happens in the form of a hormonal pimple that leaves a massive scar, or you may develop rosacea or eczema, or you may just be noticing that your skin feels and looks thinner than it used to (the difference between skin in your 20s and your 30s is so real).
When these situations occur, you could go into panic mode when you realize that your regular products have suddenly failed you, or you could understand that your skin simply needs a stronger ingredient to actually rebuild it. And that’s what ceramides do. In our Ingredient Spotlight on ceramides, we mention that you can think of them as the “glue that bonds skin cells together, kind of like the frosting that keeps a gingerbread house from falling apart.”
This is a great way to imagine what ceramides do. “Ceramides are one of the three important lipids, or fats, in the uppermost layer of skin, called the stratum corneum (the other two important lipids are fatty acids and cholesterol),” says Nava Greenfield of Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City. “Ceramides account for about 50% of the weight of lipids in the top layer of skin, so the presence of ceramides is very important for keeping the skin healthy and strong to keep harmful things out and important things in the skin.”
All of this means that ceramides are the OG of skin care ingredients when it comes to rebuilding and strengthening the skin’s barrier, making them a must-have component in skin care products for people with eczema.
But what people don’t talk about that much is how great ceramides are for acne scars and basically any kind of scarring or skin damage. “In skin that has been damaged by acne or acne scarring, ceramides can play a role in repairing the skin barrier that was compromised,” says Greenfield. “Many acne products cause the facial skin to become dry, so including a product that contains ceramides in your routine can play a role in helping acne-prone skin from drying out and causing irritation.”
So on top of using brightening ingredients, like niaciniamide and vitamin C, adding ceramides as a treatment to acne scars will indubitably help them heal much faster.
Alright then. So why do you keep talking about The Plant Base ceramide ampoule?
OK, so let’s get down to business. Put simply, The Plant Base Quesera Ceramide is one of the best ceramide-packed products out there. Why? It boasts 74% rice ceramide, meaning the ceramide in this product is extracted from rice water, which is already a powerful ingredient for strengthening and brightening skin and stimulating skin cell regeneration. So you get a double boost of barrier fortifying ingredients in this one powerful product.
And if you’re worried it won’t work for your skin type, bury those thoughts now. We had a Klog reader test this ampoule who has combination skin with a collection of different issues, including hyperpigmentation. Here’s what he loved about The Plant Base Quesera Ceramide Ampoule: how light it was, it’s lack of heavy scent, and most importantly, the fact that his skin was plump and looked more even after consistent use. He felt as if his skin finally had a “healthy glow” after using The Plant Base ceramide ampoule, no doubt because this product works double duty to rebuild skin and reveal new, bright skin.
If you feel like you’ve exhausted all of the products that will help your skin get back to looking healthy and strong, it’s time to give a product with ceramides a try. A great place to start is with The Plant Base Quesera Ceramide.
And sure, we have recently featured EGF as an amazing ingredient for acne scars (and it is!), but it’s expensive. So if you can’t necessarily afford springing more than $50 on a skin care product, this is your best bet. At $25, The Plant Base Quesera Ceramide ampoule is actually a bargain, since you don’t need more than one or two drops each night to do the trick.