To understand dry skin, you have to get to the root of the cause. A healthy skin barrier contains a ratio of equal ceramide, cholesterol and free-fatty acids. This combination acts as the glue holding skin cells together. When this ratio is disrupted, the skin barrier is compromised and can result in dry skin.

Other Causes of Dry Skin • Low ceramide – a waxy, moisture- holding lipid found in the skin • Low amount of sebum (oil), vital to skin layers & acts as a protectant • Cold, dry weather • Harsh ingredients • Aging skin

Dry Skin Tips • Avoid long, hot showers that zap moisture from skin • Use a humidifier, especially in winter months when air is more dry Did you know? Too much hydration or not the right type can do damage to the health of the skin barrier as well. The goal is to add the correct amount of moisture that optimizes the health of the skin barrier. Don’t forget to drink water for healthy skin!

Skin M.D. carries a full line of botanical Epionce products to combat your dry winter skin:

Extreme Barrier Cream • Hydrates and repairs damaged skin on the body • A great body butter to leave skin feeling soft • Anti-inflammatory ingredients reduce redness and even out skin tone • Works very well on very dry elbows, knees and heels

Renewal Enriched Body Lotion • Formulated for the unique skin on the body, like arms and legs • Strengthens the skin’s barrier to reveal radiant skin • Perfect for daily use to maintain body’s hydration

Renewal Facial Cream • Formulated with a balanced ratio of lipids to optimize skin health • Hydrating formula reverses tight, dry skin • Strengthens skin barrier with key ingredients

Intensive Nourishing Cream • Ultra-hydrating for the driest of skin • Potato & hydrolyzed yeast peptides stimulate ceramide production • Adjusts lipids to a barrier repairing ratio of 3:1:1, triggering the skin’s natural healing process

Milky Lotion Cleanser • Creamy cleanser leaves skin feeling moisturized • Contains anti-inflammatory ingredients like date and apple extracts • Gently washes dirt and makeup to prepare skin for Renewal products

Medical Barrier Cream . Ideal for very sensitive, dry and damaged skin for barrier repair and wound healing.

Epionce Renewals are the foundation of the Epionce line! These products contain the ideal ratio of barrier lipids that trigger the skin’s natural ability to repair itself, strengthening the skin barrier and reducing chronic inflammation that can lead to more damage.