Just as nutrient-rich dietary fats have been discovered as a healthy addition to a plant-based diet, so is research illuminating their amazing benefits as a topical application to protect, restore, and nourish your skin. What exactly am I talking about? Ceramides!
Ceramides are natural lipids — another word for fat — that keep skin cells “arranged into a matrix rather than a useless jumble,” plus they act as a barrier that keeps “all that hydration from leaking out.” In fact, our “skin is more than half fat,” which keeps “out the bad stuff (microbes, infection, pollution), [seals] in the good (water), and [holds] the whole skin suit together.” When skin levels are low in ceramides, conditions can manifest such as eczema, rosacea, dry and sensitive skin, and general skin inflammation.
While you can eat foods that are rich in skin-loving ceramides — such as wheat germ, brown rice, and soybeans — beauty products are now offering a slew of ceramide options for getting this essential substance onto your face. With that said, ceramides are oftentimes sourced from animals, therefore it’s crucial to be careful about the products you purchase. When seeking a ceramide solution, look for phytoceramides, a fancy term for plant ceramides, which are “waxy lipids derived from plants such as wheat, rice, and sweet potatoes.”
With that said, the easiest way to make sure you’re using an animal-free product is to find one that is 100 percent vegan! Here is a list of products available on Amazon that meet that demand, leaving you assured that there are no animal-based ceramides in your product.
This Queen Bee Vegan Organic Ceramide Night Repair Skin Care Spritz Serum promises to offer vegan-friendly and organic ceramides in this night repair serum. This product focuses on using skin-binding ceramides to help skin retain its elasticity, boost its strength, soothe redness and repair damage. This organic and vegan ceramide solution works to provide a protective barrier that is both flexible and healthy, giving your skin the tools it needs to deal with everyday environmental hazards. A spritz bottle costs $30.50.
Janice Kalien says “I rarely write reviews but this stuff is amazing. I’m turning 40 in a few days and have been trying different skin care options. In just a couple of days, I noticed my skin looks healthier and my pores almost appear smaller. Highly recommend.”
This Sano Naturals Phytoceramide Capsules for Hair, Skin, and Nails is a unique supplement blend of vegan-friendly, plant-derived 350-milligram phytoceramides. These supplements are formulated to help reduce the physical signs of aging, restore healthy skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and promote glowing and smooth skin. Plus, these supplements don’t simply target the face, but will boost skin health all over the body, as well as your hair and nails! A 30-vegan capsule costs $8.95.
Maddie says “As with the hyaluronic acid serum, I have been using them for about two years and am always looking for a reliable source of phytoceramide at a good price. The combination of phytoceramides and hyaluronic acid has been proven to plump skin and reduce brown pigmentation spots and wrinkles. I get “glowing” comments on my skin all the time. I am 71 years old and people can’t believe it. I think this capsule and the HA serum are partially responsible. Love it.”
This High Altitude Naturals Ceramide Fusion Phytoceramides product is one of the few capsule-based topical applications available on the market! This product focuses on helping the skin retain moisture, improving the skin barrier against harsh chemicals, and reduces signs of aging including fine lines and wrinkles. High Altitude Naturals promises a vegan-friendly product that is 100 percent pure, non-GMO, and free of synthetic dyes, additives, and fillers. A 30-count bag costs $49.99.
Yolanda Tramel says “Worked well.”
This Purely Holistic Phytoceramides Skin Therapy Supplement offers 60 gluten-free, phytoceramide-based, and vegan-friendly capsules free of nasty fillers and artificial ingredients at an incredibly affordable price! Purely Holistic’s formula of vitamin A, C, D, and E focuses on adding fullness and thickness to the skin through phytoceramide binding while decreasing wrinkles and boosting moisture retention. This supplement targets age-related physical signs such as those stubborn crows feet! A 60-vegan capsule bottle costs $19.97.
LV Jones says “These 100% rice base phytoceramides so far are the best I’ve had. They are gluten-free and 100% pure; no fillers, GMO, or artificial ingredients. The capsules are easy to swallow, in my opinion. My body intuitively knows when it takes a pure product. This is what I will continue to order from now on.”
Not interested in supplements? Looking for a more topical product to nourish other parts of your body? This Earth Science Vegan Ceramide Care Fragrance-Free Conditioner could be your new favorite ceramide-based product! Earth Science is proud to offer a cruelty-free and 100 percent vegan conditioning product that infuses sensitive scalps and damaged hair with powerful nourishment and protection. This product is also paraben-free allowing your natural hair to shine through stronger than ever. A 10-ounce bottle costs $9.99.
Courtney Porter says “I’ve got very sensitive skin to perfumes. My Aunt recommended this as she has severe allergies to EVERYTHING. This conditioner is amazing. It makes my hair extremely soft and silky. Love it.”
This Thrive Now Health Phytoceramides Supplement offers a natural way to fight the physical signs of aging with plant-based phytoceramides that will restore firmness, softness, and provide a balanced and radiant skin tone. These rice-based phytoceramides will infuse natural lipids into the skin, hair, and nails, while also boosting collagen production, all of which work to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and discoloration. Plus, this formula blends vitamins A, C, D, and E, using zero fillers or binders, and is gluten-free, non-GMO, and vegan-friendly! A 60-capsule bottle costs $18.79.
It’s all in the name of this product! This Wholly Nutrients Organic Vegan Phytoceramides is organically-derived, vegan-friendly, non-GMO, 100 percent gluten-free, and uses zero fillers. This formula focuses its rice-based phytoceramides on rebuilding and strengthening aging skin tissue, reducing wrinkles, minimizing sun damage and dark spots, and boosting the health of hair and nails. Plus, this product is safe for sensitive skin and even eczema! A 30-capsule bottle costs $10.99.
GoDucks says “I only recently learned of the benefits of phytoceramides and decided to give it a try. I purchased a few different brands, and I wasn’t sure I was seeing any benefit. But I already see and feel the difference in my skin. I haven’t noticed any anti-aging properties yet, but it’s only been a few days. BUT I see my skin balancing out and it feels so soft! I’m very excited to have discovered phytoceramides. These are also improving my hair and my nails grow stronger and faster! I have tried many many of these supplements, so my reviews are nearly the same unless they don’t work. This one works! I received this item at a discount in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!”
Ceramedx is a highly-regarded, dermatologist-tested beauty product brand offering a slew of cruelty-free and vegan products. This Ceramedx Ultra Moisturizing Cream meets both of those standards plus many more! If supplements simply aren’t your jam, then this cream may be the best option to infuse your skin with healthy ceramides. This product is free of fragrances, parabens, steroids, gluten, and uses non-GMO ingredients. Along with active moisturizing agents, this product uses an exclusive riceramide-3 complex which nourishes, hydrates, and replenishes the skin while restoring the natural barrier that protects your skin from the elements. A 6-ounce jar costs $17.95.
Not a Bot says “I’m on Accutane right now and this thing has been my saving grace. It’s got the essential stuff you need for your skin, it’s non-irritating, it really moisturizes (ceramides plus hyaluronic acid), and it’s also vegan/cruelty-free (a big plus in my book!) All in all I really, really cannot recommend this product enough.”
This Lean Nutraceuticals PhyGLOW Skin Phytoceramides is 100 percent plant-derived and vegan-friendly with zero dangerous stimulants or harmful ingredients. This formula focuses on nourishing the skin with a blend of vitamins A, C, D, and E, while reducing fine lines and wrinkles! A 90-capsule bottle costs $25.00.
Donna Uhlig says “I see the results! I have been taking these for about a month and can see positive results. My fine lines are gone and my skin is more even, smooth, and refined. I highly recommend this product if you want to look younger. I am 56 and my doctor and husband both said I look about 40. Good enough for me. I do use serums and have always taken care of my skin so that helps.”
This Pure Body Nutra Phytoceramides uses a vegan blend of vitamins A, C, D, and E, antioxidants, and 100 percent naturally-sourced phytoceramides to reduce the physical signs of aging such as crows feet, fine lines, dark spots, and wrinkles. This supplement will also promote smoother, toned, softer, and healthy skin through a stronger lipid barrier and a boost in collagen production. Pure Body Nutra promises their product will begin changing your skin in as little as 14 days! A 30-capsule bottle costs $29.99.
Rachel says “Skin looks better and refreshed! I’m very happy with the results, in fact I’m buying my 2nd bottle in the next few days. I anticipate taking this for a while.”
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