What do you know about phytoceramides? Are they safe to use?
Phytoceramides are the plant-based equivalents of ceramides. Most ceramide products are made from wheat. Some other sources include rice, sweet potatoes, soy, dairy products and eggs. This could be important if you need to avoid gluten (primarily found in wheat and wheat products).
Ceramides are naturally occurring lipids or fats in skin. There are six ceramides in human skin and they are numbered accordingly. They help keep your skin hydrated (moist, containing water). Deficiencies of ceramide in skin cause it to be dry and more prone to wrinkles and other skin conditions. Topical ceramides, applied as gels or creams, have been shown to improve skin function and appearance. Ceramides taken internally as supplements have also been shown to be effective in several studies.
As for safety, the ceramides themselves do not appear to have any side effects.
Other ingredients, commonly found in gels and creams, do have problems. Read the labels and avoid any skin care products containing:
parabens of any type
diethanolamine (DEA) or triethanolamine (TEA)
diazolidinyl urea or imidoazolidinyl urea
sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate
synthetic colors (FD&C or D&C followed by a number)
synthetic fragrances listed as fragrance
To find products without these hazardous chemicals search the Internet for "organic skin care products."
Best of Health,