Dynamic Duo: Phytoceramides and Vitamin C
|By Petra Trudell, Managing Editor on Wednesday, June 4, 2014|
|Turning back the clock doesn't have to be a magic spell. Just look to these two great nutrients for wonderful skincare.||
Ever since phytoceramide supplements entered the United States market last year, they've become a favorite of many of our customers for getting smoother, younger-looking skin. When paired up with a topical vitamin C product, the results can be even better.
What Are Phytoceramides?
Within your skin's membrane are ceramides. Ceramides are lipids whose job is to hold moisture within the skin and keep it taught and smooth. As we age, the amount of ceramides within the skin decreases, causing it to wrinkle and sag. This is why phytoceramide supplements have been called a facelift in a bottle.
Phytoceramides come from plants. These supplements are typically made from wheat or sweet potatoes. The dosage most commonly recommended is 350 mg a day.
Vitamin C for Your Skin
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that does several things for your skin. First of all, vitamin C is an antioxidant. Antioxidants combat the damage free radicals can cause on your skin cells, leading to the visible signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines and age spots. Next, vitamin C promotes collagen production to keep the skin firm and smooth. Lastly, vitamin C has been shown to fade the appearance of existing dark spots and scars for more even skin tone.
You can find vitamin C in moisturizers as well as serums. A serum is the best option as it contains a highly concentrated amount of vitamin C in a form that's easily absorbed by the skin. Apply it twice a day after cleansing and before applying a moisturizer and sunscreen.
First and foremost, it's always wise to consult your doctor before taking any new supplement, although phytoceramide supplements have been generally recognized as safe. Here are some other things to keep in mind when beginning this regimen:
Plan to take the supplement for at least four weeks before results start to appear.
If you have a gluten allergy, look for a phytoceramide supplement made from sweet potatoes.
Look for a vitamin C serum made with three to 10 percent ascorbic acid.
Keep your skincare products out of extreme heat or cold and direct sunlight to prevent oxidation and the growth of bacteria.
Make sure to use a topical moisturizer and sunscreen to protect the skin.
You can find a variety of phytoceramide and vitamin C products at eVitamins for glowing skin. Shop today and try it for yourself!
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