The anti-aging industry is a multi-billion dollar industry and every year there seems to be a brand new “breakthrough” product that revolutionizes anti-aging products. Last year, the newest breakthrough was Phytoceramides and companies claim it can “decade off your face.”
That claim seems too good to be true and we all know if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is a lie. Therefore, it’s time to take a closer look into phytoceramides.
What Are Phytoceramides?
Phytoceramides are similar to a natural lipid found in our body called ceramides, which keeps our skin hydrated and plump. Phytoceramides are simply the plant-derived equivalent of this natural lipid.
According to experts, humans lose ceramides as we age and as a result, the skin starts to wrinkle and appear rough. Therefore, in theory, by taking phytoceramides, you can replace the lost ceramides and reverse the effects of aging.
Do Phytoceramides Work?
There’s good and bad news. First, most people seem to want to take phytoceramides orally, which has no evidence of being successful. In fact, there was no independent research on oral phytoceramide supplements whatsoever.
There is one study conducted by a company that makes phytoceramide products that claimed that participants had felt that they experienced an improvement of dry skin. However, this perceived improvement is not hard evidence.
Things aren’t all so bad though. After some digging, it does appear that there is some evidence for topical phytoceramide solutions. In one study, participants saw the water content of their eyelid significantly increase after applying topical ceramides.
Another study found that ceramides were able to relieve dermatitis and that the skin naturally resisted aging after taking phytoceramides.
While this evidence is promising, these studies were conducted in very small samples. Larger samples with a broader group of people with a different genetic makeup would be much more effective in telling us whether or not phytoceramides actually work.
Are Phytoceramides Safe?
There is a concern over whether or not phytoceramides are safe for people with gluten allergies. This is because phytoceramides are commonly wheat-based and even if most of the gluten is removed, there are reports that they have caused problems.
In addition, many phytoceramides users have said that reactions have occurred on an almost regular basis even without a gluten allergy. In many cases, users report that phytoceramides make help for a few days or few weeks, just one bad day can cause dry, itchy skin that bothers the user.
The Final Verdict on Phytoceramides
Phytoceramides might be a legitimate anti-aging solution for some but it certainly is no miracle. It’s not going to “drop a decade off your face” in a few short weeks either.
There simply is not nearly enough evidence to make this claim and any company selling you on this claim is most likely selling a fraudulent product.
Hopefully there will be some independent research with a larger sample size published within the next few years. Until then, you shouldn’t have high hopes while taking phytoceramides.