My Ceramide-C Review

Ceramide C is an anti-aging product made by Rozge Cosmeceuticals. It is similar in design to a ceramide product marketed by Elizabeth Arden, but is much less expensive.

Ceramide, according to the manufacturer, is a natural ingredient in the human skin that is critical to skin's good health and youthful appearance. As we age, skin begins to experience a natural loss of ceramide, making it more vulnerable to the signs of aging. Ceramide C is topical cream that is said to increase ceramide in the skin.

Let it be known that on the Rozge website, there is a disclaimer that states, “the results indicated are atypical and individual results will be different.” Not much faith in their product, I see.

Ceramide C contains vitamins A, C, and E and the website claims that it is non-acnegenic (won’t cause pimples), and contains no fragrances or preservatives.

Ceramide C is unique among wrinkle cream products in that it comes encapsulated. The capsule is broken by twisting, and according to the manufacturer, the capsule contains enough product to cover your face, neck and hands.

Ceramide C costs $49.95 for a 2 month supply (60 capsules), and the company has an impressive 100 day money back guarantee, however, there are a couple of hoops to jump through. To request a refund, you must fill out a Product Return Form. Requests must be made online and submitted with your full name, invoice number and explanation of why you are returning the product for a PRF to be issued. Once you have submitted your PRF, you will have a 10 business day window to return your order. Then you must turn around three times, face the north, ring a bell and chant, “wookie, wookie”….

Nah…just kidding. Just wanted to make sure you were still reading. But do read the fine print.

Product Claims:

  • Ceramide-C is guaranteed to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by restoring the skin's ceramide.
  • Each capsule covers the face, neck, and hands also upper chest.
  • It is an amazing moisturizer, leaving the skin feeling silky smooth
  • No preservatives or fragrance | Non-acnegenic | Non-oily

Cross Examination:

Ingredient List (readily available on the website):

Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Squalene, Trihydroxypalmitami-dohrexypropyl Mysristyl Ether HO3 (Ceramide), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Grape Seed Extract, Orange Blossom Extract (Vitamin C), Evening Primrose Extract, Tocotrienol, Cucumber Extract

Ceramide C has a wonderfully short ingredient list, and everything on it is readily identifiable. Ceramide C is justified in their claim that there are no artificial ingredients, preservatives, or fragrances. It also includes stable forms of vitamin E and Vitamin A, both good anti-oxidants. However, the company cites orange blossom extract as their source of Vitamin C. While orange blossom extract may contain a nice citrus smell, I highly doubt any active vitamin C survives the extraction method. I do welcome feedback in this area.

Evening primrose oil has some anti-aging effects and cucumber extract has some soothing effects, but nothing more. Squalene is a decent anti-oxidant. Dimethicone and cyclomethicone are occlusives. That is they prevent moisture from escaping and keep the skin moisturized, but do nothing to reduce wrinkles. Furthermore, occlusives keep not only moisture in, but everything else as well, including bacteria. Me thinks the claim that their product is non-acnegenic may be a bit misguided.

I also question how one small capsule can be enough to effectively cover the skin of the neck, face, and hands with enough product to do anything. It would be interesting to put something in the product to make it fluoresce (glow), then spread it around, and put it under a black light to see if it indeed went as far as the company said it did.

And at last we come to the company’s main ingredient: ceramide. I’m about to get scientific ladies (and men, if you are reading), so bear with me. It will be worth it.

Ceramides are lipid molecules, and are found in high concentrations within the cell membrane of cells. For years, it was assumed that ceramides found in the bilayer cell membrane were purely structural elements. This is now known to be not completely true. Perhaps one of the most fascinating aspects of ceramide is that it can act as a signaling molecule; that is, it tells other cells what to do.

One of the most studied roles of ceramide pertains to its ability to induce apoptosis. Apoptosis is a form of programmed cell death, and is a normal part of cell maintenance. Ceramide accumulation has been found in cells that have been treated with chemotherapy, UV light, and tumor inducing agents, resulting in the death of the cells. Ceramide has even been called the “tumor suppressor lipid,” because it causes death in cancer cells.

While I agree that the use of ceramide to kill cancer cells is an excellent use of the compound, why would we ever want to put something on our faces that kills skin cells?

No matter, since it is highly unlikely that the ingredient can cross the epidermal barrier without something that changes it from a gel form to an aqueous crystal form. I know…I know…a little too scientific. I apologize, I’m just trying to get the company to show us po’ consumer folk how this ceramide does what they claim it does.

The Bottom Line:

While ceramide shows some promise as a cell membrane repair agent, there are a lot of unanswered questions about its ability to induce cell death. As someone interested in keeping my skin cells alive, I would prefer this aspect of ceramide be further explored before I used it on my face.

Other than ceramide, you get a couple of botanical extracts and anti-oxidants. In comparison to other products out there, this is not enough, I think, to make an effective anti-aging product.