Phytoceramides – Benefits and Side Effects
We have been hearing a great deal about the benefits and wonders of Phytoceramide Supplements to keep skin looking young, plump and hydrated. In my case, since I’m getting to that age where wrinkles and frown lines are noticed by others (not just by my close self-examination in the mirror) I thought I would give it a try and report results. First I read up on the product, and read that as we age, we lose natural ceramides, a lipid that is found in human skin, which can make our skin wrinkle and dry up – basically it loses its “youthful” appearance. Phytoceramides are plant-based (actually, they come from wheat or rice!) and they can help moisturize the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Having used the product, I definitely saw this – my skin was more moisturized and I did see some of my peskiest fine lines and wrinkles disappear starting just a few weeks after use. I have been using it for 4 months now and while I see the moisturizing effect holding true, I’ve also noticed some interesting side effects no one told me about. For those of you who might want to consider this supplement then take note.
Development of Lightened Skin
I have always had light skin, and I have worked hard trying to get an even color with careful, tanning with sunblock. I found that since I started taking these supplements, my skin started getting lighter and losing the even tan I had achieved. While many people will see this as a positive, aspect, in my case it wasn’t ideal. What I will say, though, is that it helped even out my skin, no doubt.
Not All Phytoceramide Supplements Are Equal
I started taking a course derived from wheat, and I saw that it took me almost two months to see a difference in my skin moisturization. A friend recommended I try and alternative supplement derived from rice, and I saw a difference within weeks. That is why if you are looking to start taking these products or are taking wheat-based Phytoceramides and are frustrated from not seeing a difference, you might want to consider switching. You also definitely want to avoid ceramides that come from bovine sources
May Cause Allergic Reactions
If you are allergic to wheat or rice products, you will definitely want to avoid these at all costs. A friend of mine, who has celiac disease, was interested in taking a course, but was lucky-enough to check the label to make sure she chose one that was “gluten free.” Not all bottles of Phytoceramide supplement will tell you where they derive the ceramides as clearly as they should, so you have to read the fine print or you will experience uncomfortable or dangerous side-effects if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.
Overall, in my experience and in my research, I found there to be very limited side effects related to use of this health product. Since it is naturally derived, and found in a lot of the foods that we consume, it is safe as long as we make sure we purchase our supplements from certified sources. If you are worried, just take a look in the previous paragraphs for the most significant Phytoceramide Supplement side effects, but always ask your doctor before starting a supplement regimen.
Further Reading and discussion of phytoceramide supplement side effects