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Omega Fatty Acids, Ceramides, and Peptides: How Are they Different?

Omega Fatty Acids, Ceramides, and Peptides: How Are they Different?

Truth in beauty: There isn’t a single best ingredient for skincare. Research has clearly shown that skin needs an abundance of beneficial ingredients, including omega fatty acids, ceramides, and peptides (along with many others), as skin is complicated and needs an array of skin-natural ingredients to look young and healthy.

We never want you to worry if you’re getting enough of the best ingredients for your skin. That’s why we only formulate products that contain a mix of brilliant ingredients. The next step is for you to determine which of these ingredients or mix of ingredients is right for you, but it’s not as difficult as it might seem; in fact, it’s a matter of preference and of experimentation to see which ones perform ideally for the results you want.

When it comes to our products containing omegas, ceramides, and peptides, the following is what you need to know to help you decide which ones are right for you. What you’ll notice is that these ingredient groups have some similarities and some significant differences.

Omega Fatty Acids Overview

Omega Fatty Acids Are Superior for:

  • Increasing and maintaining hydration
  • Reinforcing and strengthening skin’s surface
  • Reducing dryness
  • Reducing redness and signs of sensitivity
  • Improving the appearance of wrinkles
  • Protecting skin from signs of environmental damage

Omega Fatty Acids Differ from Ceramides and Peptides Because They:

  • Excel at calming skin, including environmentally damaged skin
  • Are excellent for retaining moisture; each omega works individually and as part of a team
  • Do not have a visible firming or skin tone–improving effect

Ceramides Overview

Ceramides are Superior for:

  • Increasing and maintaining hydration
  • Reinforcing and strengthening skin’s surface
  • Protecting the skin from signs of environmental damage
  • Improving the appearance of wrinkles
  • Teaching skin to look firmer

Ceramides Differ from Omega Fatty Acids and Peptides Because They:

  • Help skin learn how to restore and renew itself
  • Teach skin how to make more of its own ceramides
  • Are naturally present at optimum levels in young, healthy skin
  • Do not have a visible effect on skin tone or discolourations

Peptides Overview

Peptides are Superior for:

Each individual peptide (and there are many) can educate skin to do something distinctive, like improve the appearance of skin tone, firm, diminish the appearance of wrinkles by encouraging layers of skin to act like younger skin, and maintaining a smooth, healthy-looking surface.

Peptides Differ from Omega Fatty Acids and Ceramides Because They:

  • Can be engineered to deliver benefits targeted at numerous concerns
  • Can train skin’s surface to look younger in multiple ways
  • Restore proteins, the building blocks of skin
  • Aren’t as hydrating as ceramides or omegas, but work beautifully with those ingredients

Do You Need All of Them?

Whether or not you need all of these ingredients depends on your skincare needs and concerns, but certainly they are all great to use and can benefit all skin types.

For some skincare needs, if ceramides, peptides, and omegas are all found in one product that’s great. But for advanced concerns, you will want products with concentrated amounts that can be layered with the other products you’re using.

If you have dry, dehydrated skin or if your skin is sensitive or prone to redness, you will see the most benefit by using a mix of products that contain omega fatty acids, ceramides, and peptides.

If your skin is combination to oily or breakout-prone, omegas are fine, but you’ll likely derive greater benefit from ceramides to balance lipids and peptides because of their multi-faceted benefits—especially if your skin is oily with multiple signs of ageing.

Speaking of signs of ageing, all three groups of ingredients will bring about noticeable improvements in your skin, from enhancing resilience to diminishing the look of lines, wrinkles, and uneven texture, and you can begin using them at any age.

Experiment with various products that contain these ingredients, layering them all at once or using them on alternate days. We predict you’ll find that each group’s similarities and differences add up to exponentially better skin!

References for this information:
Clinics in Dermatology, October 2017, ePublication and July-August 2010, pages 440–451
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, June 2017, pages 284–291
Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, December 2016, pages 549–558
ChemMedChem, August 2016, pages 1850-1855
Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine, May 2016, pages 175–178

About the Experts

Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books about skincare and makeup. She is known worldwide as The Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula’s Choice Skincare. Paula’s expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international radio, print, and television including:

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