Phytoceramides, Your Skin Barrier Savior
We only get better with age, but certain parts of our bodies require additional support over time. This includes our skin’s protective barrier. Enter phytoceramides, a plant-based version of the lipid molecules known as ceramides, which are naturally produced by the skin. Discover how phytoceramides, a key nutrient found in Active Botanical Serum, gives your barrier the support it needs for healthier, better hydrated, revitalized skin that looks incredible, year after year.
How Ceramides Work
Ceramides are lipid molecules produced by the body that essentially cement the tile-like cells of the skin barrier together, making up around half of this outermost layer of the skin. By helping to seal the skin’s protective barrier, ceramides play a key role in preventing high levels of what is known as transepidermal water loss (TEWL), when hydration escapes through weak or damaged areas of the barrier. In fact, levels of TEWL are often used as an indicator of overall barrier function. Ceramides also help skin maintain firmness, elasticity, retain moisture and keep out unwanted aggressors. Over time the formation of ceramides in the body begins to diminish, a slowing that environmental factors like UV ray exposure, pollution or even stress also contribute to. Fewer ceramides means a weakened barrier, which allows precious hydration to escape, leaving the complexion more prone to dehydration, irritation and overall loss of vibrancy.
Phytoceramides are ceramides sourced naturally from plants (phyto meaning “plants”) versus animals or made synthetically. Thanks to a number of remarkable botanicals, Active Botanical Serum delivers critical phytoceramides to strengthen the barrier, support firmer-looking skin and prevent hydration loss. Despite their different names, phytoceramides mirror the structure of ceramides naturally produced by the body, making them an effective way to supplement this key building block of the skin. Phytoceramides have also been shown to support natural ceramide production, not to mention giving skin a smooth, glowing, plumper look. Applied in the morning and evening, Active Botanical Serum replenishes your skin’s ceramide levels, ensuring your barrier is well-fortified and functioning as intended.
The Sources of Active Botanical Serum's Phytoceramides
The phytoceramides in Active Botanical Serum are found in these key ingredients, all rich in skin-firming ceramides, for a moisture step that does wonders to support a healthy barrier.
GRAPE SEED / Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil
A powerful foundational oil, cherished for its multi-beneficial activity, that is rich in phytoceramides, vitamins and antioxidants.
AVOCADO / Persea Gratissima Oil
A nutrient-rich oil that profoundly nourishes and moisturizes skin, and delivers abundant antioxidants along with phytoceramides.
ROSEHIP / Rosa Canina Seed Oil
High in antioxidants, linolenic acid, phytoceramides and vitamin A (as beta-carotene) to restore and brighten skin.
TAMANU / Calophyllum Tacamahaca Oil
Known as the 30-cure oil, multitasking tamanu is prized for its rich fatty acid content and ability to deliver dramatic renewal.
SEA BUCKTHORN / Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil
A skin-renewing oil that contains the entire family of omegas: 3, 6, 9, and the rare omega 7.
HAZELNUT / Corylus Avellana Oil
Rich in linoleic acid and essential fatty acids to help increase vibrancy and elasticity of skin.
EVENING PRIMROSE / Oenothera Biennis Seed Oil
A healing oil with renewing and anti-inflammatory benefits along with phytoceramides, and contains an omega 6 fatty acid unique to plant oils.
CARROT SEED / Daucus Carota Sativa Seed Oil
This supercharged essential oil is rich in antioxidant vitamin A, phytoceramides and exceptional at supporting cellular regeneration.