Ceramides are lipids of the skin’s membrane. They protect the skin and keep it hydrated and plump. As you age, production of ceramides decreases and this results in wrinkled, rough and dry skin.
What are Phythoceramides?
Phytoceramides, derived from plants such as wheat, are similar to ceramides in the skin. It is used by Japanese women as a functional food and is approved as a dietary ingredient by the FDA.
Phytoceramides provide nutritional support for aging skin. Studies have shown that they hydrate the skin from inside out and protect skin elastine fibres. The protective skin barrier is restored so it is able to hold moisture better. As a result, you get softer, firmer and youthful skin. Phytoceramides also revive and reinvigorate damaged and aging skin, thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Dr Oz Natural Facelift: Phytoceramides
On Dr Oz show, phytoceramides were featured as a cheaper alternative to surgical facelift for reducing fine lines and wrinkles. The recommended dosage is 350 mg daily with food. After 4 weeks, you should notice your skin becoming softer and smoother.
Oral phytoceramides work very well in combination with topical vitamin C.
Who Should Not Take Phytoceramides
Phytoceramides are made from wheat. Although most of the gluten has been removed, it still contains trace amount. Although it is safe for most people to take, those with wheat or gluten sensitivity may want to look for alternative.
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