Phytoceramides are the plant-derived form of ceramides. Ceramides are found in all 4 layers of the skin and as we grow older they start to diminish and breakdown. This causes the skin to get dry, flaky and wrinkled.
By taking an oral phytoceramide supplement, the levels of ceramides are increased and the skins moisture levels and elasticity are restored. Dieticians claim that ceramides make out 0.02%-0.04% which is not enough to turn back the tide of ageing.
Where can it be found?
Phytoceramides can be found in different kinds of food sources. Most commonly in wheat, rice, soybeans and sweet potatoes, the richest natural source is wheat flower.
Like most things in life you get what you pay for. Some pharmaceutical companies produce low quality phytoceramides for cheap. Users that buy these low quality phytoceramides don’t see any difference in their skin. Only high quality phytoceramides can deliver the desired effect. Normally some extra ingredients are combined in the formula to enhance the effect of phytoceramides (like vitamin C).
Doctors warn that people that are gluten sensitive should be careful because most phytoceramides are from wheat. If that is the case just look for the ones derived from rice, soybeans or sweet potatoes.