When I was offered NeoCell Ceramides Skin Hydrator to try out, I don’t think I knew that it was a bottle of supplements (though I have tried other supplements from NeoCell before).
But when they arrived, I was happy to receive a bottle of skincare capsules rather than another skincare serum or cream to try. Also, I’ve been helping Jeff for several days since he had his hip replacement surgery, and it was much easier to toss the lightweight bottle of NeoCell Ceramides Skin Hydrator supplements into my luggage to bring with me rather than another liquid or cream.
I’ve been taking NeoCell Ceramides Skin Hydrator supplements for more than three weeks, and I’m almost finished with the bottle that contained a 30 day supply. Even though the photo below shows 4 capsules to give you an idea of their size, I take two easy to swallow capsules a day as recommended.
Ceramides and Ceramide Research
Just as a refresher for readers, ceramides are lipids found within the body that increase moisture and skin elasticity by bolstering the skin’s moisture barrier to keep hydration in. As you age, ceramide levels, like so much else, begin to decrease.
I have been using ceramides in skincare products, especially the Elizabeth Arden serum capsules, on and off for 30 years. Ceramides applied topically have been shown to have beneficial effects on skin hydration and elasticity.
NeoCell developed Ceramides Skin Hydrator capsules – skincare from the inside out – with a cocktail of skin loving ingredients:
- CERAMOSIDES™ CERAMIDES: plant based lipids and clinically tested to increase smoothness, moisture, and elasticity
- HYALURONIC ACID: a water-loving nutrient that occurs naturally in the skin to help maintain suppleness, hydration and elasticity (I’m assuming it’s in the sodium hyaluronate form that is small enough to penetrate the layers of the skin)
- SKIN HYDRABLEND™ a blend of nutrients that hydrate, fight free radicals in the body and encourage collagen production
Here’s the complete ingredient list. I’m assuming the “Skin Hydrablend” includes vitamin C, lutein, pine bark extract, and astaxanthin.
Over the past decade, there has been research into ceramide supplements. There was a Japanese study conducted a number of years ago that showed positive results. NeoCell conducted their own clinical trials with plant-based ceramides that make up their patented Ceramosides Powder before launching their new NeoCell Ceramides Skin Hydrator. Here’s what they found.
The chart shows that skin moisturization was increased by 16% and 21% versus placebo after 15 and 60 days respectively. In the same subjects, the increase in skin moisturization versus baseline (i.e. measurement before they started the ceramides trial) was even higher at 23% after 15 days and 36% after 60 days.
Similarly, skin elasticity increased 18% and 26% versus placebo after 15 and 60 days respectively. In the same subjects, skin elasticity increased 15% and 36% versus baseline after 15 and 60 days, respectively.
In addition, 80-85% of their study subjects reported a reduction in skin scales, less “pulling” on their skin and an improved appearance. It sounds like their research subjects had very dry skin to begin with, but check out the NeoCell website for additional information.
What’s so promising about NeoCell Ceramides Skin Hydrator supplements is that results can be seen in 15 days, and greater results in 2 months.
Now I’m a tough customer because my skin is already in decent shape. My skin is not dehydrated, I don’t have “scales”, and my skin isn’t so dry that it feels tight. Frankly, I have been using various hyaluronic acid topical skincare products for ages, and I’ve been using them along with the supplements. So the supplements have been “extra” support for hydration and elasticity. As a result, I can’t say with certainty that the supplements made a difference anymore than I can pinpoint which of my three hyaluronic acid serums has made a difference! However, now that I’m away from my HA stash at home, the NeoCell Ceramides Skin Hydrator supplements have kept my skin feeling nicely hydrated and feeling/looking plumped.
NeoCell Ceramides Skin Hydrator comes in 60 or 120 capsule sizes. The capsules are gluten free and they don’t contain soy, wheat, lactose, starch, corn, yeast, or artificial flavors. They’re sold at Walgreens, CVS, Amazon, GNC, Sam’s Club, iHerb, walmart.com, and other retailers. The approximate price of the 60 capsule bottle is about $16.99-17.99. I just noticed that CVS has a 30% off coupon SAVENOW. I would like to try using the supplements for another month especially as the weather gets colder as well as to test the product for the length of their clinical research trials, so I plan to take advantage of the 30% off coupon at CVS!
Have you tried skin supplements? Do the NeoCell Ceramides Skin Hydrator capsules sound like something you would consider?