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If your face is a little red, irritated, or dry these days, the latest serum launch from Glow Recipe may be just the thing to soothe and repair your skin’s moisture barrier. The brand’s new Avocado Ceramide Recovery Serum ($42, Sephora) is a creamy-yet-lightweight formula that contains a moisturizing blend of ingredients including, yes, avocado oil and ceramides.
Ceramides are a normal part of your skin’s moisture barrier, SELF explained previously. Along with fatty acids and cholesterol, ceramides help seal the gaps between your skin cells, which keeps the barrier functioning normally—and your skin feeling hydrated and protected. But when your skin is irritated, red, or dry, that can be a sign something is off with the barrier. Applying a product with ceramides as well as the avocado oil, jojoba, and glycerin found in the new Glow Recipe serum can all help seal hydration in and provide a soothing effect.
However, because this product contains so many oils, those with acne-prone or oily skin may want to be cautious when using the serum. In skin-care products, oils like these typically act as occlusives, meaning they seal the skin. That can be helpful for hydrating the skin, but people with skin that is already oily may find that applying additional oils contributes to acne. If you’re not sure if this (or any) product is right for your skin, you can start with a patch test on the corner of your jaw to see if any pimples pop up or on your inner arm to look for irritation.
To get the most out of a product containing oils like this one, you can apply it after washing your face or after a shower when your skin is still a bit damp (but not wet). Or you could apply it over another hydrating serum, like Glow Recipe’s Plum Plump Hyaluronic Serum ($42, Glow Recipe).
You can purchase the Glow Recipe Avocado Ceramide Recovery Serum now at Sephora.
Glow Recipe Avocado Ceramide Recovery Serum
This moisturizing serum contains avocado oil and ceramides to help repair and soothe red, dry, or irritated skin.