Phytoceramides description

Phytoceramides are plant-derived ceramides ("phyto" means "plant"). Although not as natural to skin as lab-made ceramides (which can be created to precisely match the ceramides found in healthy skin), phytoceramides have been shown to play an equivalent role in promoting healthier, stronger, more hydrated skin whether applied topically or consumed orally. Phytoceramides can come from oats, wheat, rice, corn, and other plants, and are also found in several non-fragrant plant oils including meadowfoam, moringa, and sunflower.

Phytoceramides references

  • European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, June 2018, Pages 260-269
  • Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology, September 2017, pages 363-371Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, April 2017, pages 115-138
  • The Japanese Journal of Clinical Pathology, March 2007, pages 209-215
  • Allergy, November 2005, pages 1,454-1,455

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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