Phytoceramides: How These Anti-Aging Tablets Work
Hi, and a warm welcome back to my research articles. This time around, I’m leaving the diet pills and syrups behind me for a while, and I’m focusing my efforts on the latest skin care craze to hit the headlines: phytoceramides.
Indeed! I wouldn’t be surprised if you hadn’t heard of them, I certainly hadn’t until a few months ago. Yes we’ve all heard of ceramides, yes we’ve all been using them in our skin and hair health regimes, but what on earth are phytoceramides?
What “on earth” is right…phytoceramides are ceramides derived from plant form, normally sweet potato, wheat or rice. They’ve been used extensively in Japan for some time, topically to rejuvenate skin, hair and even assist with hair loss ailments such as alopecia.
How do phytoceramides make us look younger?
Our good friend, Dr Oz, recently featured them on his national television show, and since then we’ve been racing out to experience them for ourselves. So just how do they work?
- Phytoceramides contain lipids that are the same as those found naturally in our skin, mimicking their actions
- Phytoceramides penetrate each of the four layers of our skin (known as dermal layers)
- Phytoceramides boost our natural production of collagen, which plumps the skin and increases elasticity
- Phytoceramides form a protective layer against infections and inflammation
- Phytoceramides keep our skin hydrated, locking in moisture
- Phytoceramides slow the aging process and can even reverse existing signs of aging such as wrinkles and crow’s feet, from the inside out
Why not just use a phytoceramide skin cream?
A good question. However, when consumed in a tablet form, the phytoceramides can help our whole bodies – skin and hair – to look healthier and younger, rather than just the areas we apply a cream to. They have been said to start at the inner dermal layer and work their way up through the epidermis, giving radiant results from the inside out.
And also, if you already feel that there aren’t enough hours in the day like me, trying to combine work with children, relationships and a social life, you won’t have time for extensive morning and evening skin care routines. By the time I’ve showered, styled my hair and applied my make-up, I’m usually running out of the door with a coffee in my hand! So anything that makes my skin-care routine that little bit more management and gives me a few extra minutes is welcome in my books!
For more information, such as the clinical research behind phytoceramides or what to look for if you want the best phytoceramides supplement, please visit my other articles or read my extended review of phytoceramides.