The recent approval from the FDA for phytoceramides, a supplement that has been referred to as the new fountain of youth, has upset the entire d ermatology community on a global level. What are phytoceramides? Ceramides are a powerful compound that reside naturally in the skin. As people age, the ceramides diminish and in this process, the skin begins to dehydrate and people lose that full look from their younger years.
According to studies conducted at Osaka City University, this could likely be a Botox alternative. Physicians and dermatologists are threatened as the Botox industry generates an amazing $1.3 billion dollars per year, with nearly 2.95 million yearly users of Botox, “regardless of the severely high cost and the mounting health risks that come with the use of Botox,” stated a University spokesperson.
The study was comprised of 33 patients, including six men and twenty-seven women. It lasted over a six-week period, during which time they all took phytoceramides in capsule form on a daily basis. The clinical studies proved that phytoceramides’ powerful ingredients begin working instantly, repairing the wrinkles and aging skin on our entire body. Because phytoceramides hydrate the skin from the inside out, it is being considered a miracle capsule, which sounds as fantastic as calling it the new fountain of youth. It stabilizes the skin tissue and creates the full, soft, youthful look we are all looking for and hoping to find.
Previously used in Asia as a topical application, phytoceramides are now approved in the United States and can be taken as a dietary supplement. Phytoceramides are derived from rare plant sources. One capsule begins the restoration process by putting the ceramides back into our skin, creating a protective barrier which we lose as we age. It hydrates the skin from within, bringing back that youthful glow.
Ceramides will also protect the skin from the harsh rays of the sun, from pollution, and from stress. Studies have shown that there were no side effects reported during this study. The reason these supplements work so well is because taken orally, they enter the blood stream, allowing them to have a positive effect on the entire body.
According to two top plastic surgeons. Dr. Shirley Madhere and Dr. Leif Rodgers, MD, phytoceramides have been proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines dramatically. It is a natural skin moisturizer and so much more; it actually improves the structure of the skin. The question being asked is, could phytoceramides be more effective than a facelift?
As stated by Dr. Rogers, taking phytoceramides is like getting a facelift in a bottle. The FDA-approved pill is safe to use as it restores the protective skin barrier. Since it works from the inside, the ceramides actually move up through the layers of one’s skin to undo the damage and the wrinkles that have appeared over time. As people age, they lose the moisture they once had in their skin. The ceramides help the skin to regain its youthful smoothness.
Phyto means plant, which means the phytoceramides are derived from plants. Dr. Rogers further stated that, “anyone with gluten sensitivity should be cautious. As a derivative of plants, wheat, rice, or sweet potatoes could be involved.”
Taking the proper dosage is an important issue if the user wants to get the most out of the phytoceramides. It is recommended to take a single 350 mg capsule with food once a day; there should be noticeable results in 4 to 12 weeks. It was also added that it is best to choose manufacturers located in the U.S. and approved by the FDA. That will ensure safety and consistency in discovering phytoceramides, the new fountain of youth in this small pill.
By Christine Schlichte