Phytoceramides And Your Lipid Barrier
It's no secret that moisture rich skin equals a radiant, younger looking complexion. But did you know there are actually two important components to consider when it comes to maintaining proper moisture levels?
By now, you've heard of hyaluronic acid and you know that it's a key component to attracting necessary moisture to the skin. But, it's the lipid barrier that holds that important moisture in. As we age, this protective lipid barrier begins to break down and moisture escapes more easily.
So, how do we restore this super important lipid barrier? First, it helps to understand one of the key components of the barrier...ceramides.
Ceramides are a type of lipid (or fat) that help retain the moisture content, structure and integrity of our skin. They make up the largest portion of our skin’s protective barrier - about 50% of it! Think of them as the cement between the bricks - or cells in this case - they keep the moisture from leaking out, essentially trapping it in the dermis.
Phytoceramides are ceramides that are produced naturally in plants (like rice, wheat and sweet potatoes) and are bioidentical to the ceramides that occur naturally in our skin. They can be digested, absorbed and used by keratinocytes (the predominant type of cells in the outermost layer of the skin) to create new ceramides and improve skin health from the inside out. Phytoceramides help restore the skin’s lipid barrier, which in turn helps maintain moisture (and hold in all that moisture that hyaluronic acid is attracting!), creating smoother skin with improved elasticity.
As with most skin nutrients, phytoceramides are best delivered to skin from the inside with a clinical grade dietary supplement like our new Beauty Booster Shot, "RESTORE".
RESTORE contains a plant- based ceramide that is clinically proven to strengthen the lipid barrier, reduce wrinkles and increase skin hydration in just 4 weeks. The blend also includes goji berry, known to promote collagen and elastin production, and elderberry, an immune boosting antioxidant. It’s so easy to add to your routine – just add 2 droppers full to your beverage of choice.
Of course, our favorite way to use it is to drop it right into our daily Super Beauty Elixir! This gives us a totally customized skincare solution that includes collagen, hyaluronic acid, vital antioxidants AND phytoceramides to protect our lipid barrier.
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