What are Phytoceramides and why are they needed

by Lucia Conway January 13, 2016

Aging is a natural process and a fact of life. Yet we constantly look for ways to somehow inhibit the process of aging. As we grow old, our skin progressively loses natural lipids called ceramides. It plays a crucial role by creating a barrier which helps prevent infection and moisture loss.

The production of ceramides drops dramatically as we age, leading to dry skin, dermatitis, age spots, wrinkles and rough, uneven skin. Ceramides acts as glue that keeps surface cells together. Depletion of ceramides not only causes skin to wrinkle, but even makes them susceptible to moisture loss and environmental allergens. That’s the very reason why ceramides have long been used as an essential ingredient in many expensive skin creams.

Phytoceramides are plant derived ceramides. When they are taken orally, they get a chance to get absorbed into the bloodstream. From there they are taken to the cells of the inner layer of the skin and then to the outermost layer. Phytoceramides works from the inside out to hydrate and rejuvenate aging skin. Phytoceramides also stimulates production of collagen and elastin. Both collagen and elastin play significant role in keeping your skin young and wrinkle free for longer. Elastin ensure your skin remains healthy and young while collagen keeps your skin firm and thereby reduces the marks and wrinkles that become apparent with aging.

Studies have also shown that ceramides play key role in inhibiting melanogenesis, a process whereby skin produces hyperpigmentation resulting in age spots and other discolorations of the skin. Oral Phytoceramides inhibits or even reverses the uneven pigmentation of skin aging.

Benefits of Phytoceramides

  • Reduces or eliminates lines and wrinkles on the skin
  • Hydrates skin and thereby imparts it healthy, glowing and youthful skin
  • Reduces or removes aging spots
  • Eliminates bags under the eye
  • Firms up the facial skin
  • Protects against harmful effects of UV and pollution

Phytoceramides are best taken orally since in that case they get opportunity to benefit your entire body and not just your face. Phytoceramides has been approved by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) to be used as a dietary supplement. Ceramides can be easily found in variety of foods including rice and wheat. But they are not naturally present in an optimum quantity required to rejuvenate aging skin, and so dietary supplement is the only way you can provide your body with Phytoceramides in an optimum quantity. 

Lucia Conway
Lucia Conway