Phytosphingosine Phosphate



Phytosphingosine Phosphate description

Phytosphingosine phosphate is a large mix of esters derived from phytosphingosine and phosphoric acid. The complex lipids that result have a skin-smoothing and hydration-boosting effect. This ingredient may be plant-derived or synthetic. Topically, phytosphingosine phosphate plays a role in signaling skin to strengthen its surface and work with naturally-occurring substances in skin to promote a firmer, smoother look and feel.

Phytosphingosine Phosphate references

  • International Journal of Molecular Medicine, March 2017, pages 741-748; and March 2014, pages 649-653
  • The New Phytologist, April 2012, pages 181-191

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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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Not Rated