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CeramedxNo matter where you live, the new year has brought with it a rude awakening: Hello, winter skin! With a record-breaking cold outbreak across the United States at the start of January (Even snow in Florida?!), the fight against dry, rough skin is in full Arctic force.

If you have damaged, dry skin, there could be a reduction in its level of ceramides, or fatty acids that help keep the skin barrier resilient. Reduced ceramide levels can make retaining moisture difficult, which is why we’ve begun to include them in some of our products. We even developed a new therapeutic skincare system now available for very dry, sensitive skin: Ceramedx®. Dermatologist recommended and formulated with plant-based ingredients, it’s the first natural ceramide therapy of its kind!

Try these ceramide-rich solutions for the most common winter skin problems, as well as other tips to bring the moisture back to your life:

1. Itchy, Tight Skin

While a steamy shower in the dead of winter might feel amazing, prolonged exposure to hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils and dry it out even more. Try adjusting the knob to lukewarm, which will also keep you from lingering longer than necessary. Don’t skip body lotion—and make sure to apply it directly after bathing for maximum hydration. Ceramedx® Restoring Body Lotion absorbs cleanly, leaving skin soft and without any greasy residue. For dry body or face patches, use a sulfate-free creamy cleanser like Ceramedx® Extra Gentle Cleanser.

2. Staticky Hair

Could there be anything more annoying? First, revitalize your hair with a ceramide shampoo. Formulated for multiple hair types, our Ceramide Care® Collection repairs the hair cuticle, restoring moisture from within for softer, smoother hair. Also try incorporating a nourishing masque like our Olive & Avocado Deep Conditioning Hair Masque, even as your daily conditioner. Don’t knock the humidifier, either. Staticky hair happens when your strands pick up an electrical charge from the dry air. A humidifier will add moisture to the air for your locks, and your skin will love it, too.

3. Hard, Cracked Heels

If your heels are sensitive to the touch or sticking to your socks, it’s time to give them some attention. Before bed, massage a thick moisturizing cream into your heels—even better if it includes ceramides, like Ceramedx® Ultra Moisturizing Cream. For best results, pull on a pair of cozy socks to lock in moisture and leave them on overnight. Repeat for a few nights in a row or until heels soften!

4. Flaky Face

Yikes! The key to banishing dry facial skin is incorporating a gentle exfoliant and a rich moisturizer into your regimen. Try our Apricot Gentle Facial Scrub, light enough for daily use, and switch out your oil-free facial lotion for a heavier one like our Hydrating Day Cream for a smooth, luminous finish.

5. Dry, Chapped Hands

Our hands work so hard for us. The best way to care for them is by always having a bottle of hand cream within reach—at the office, by your bed and in your bag. Our Purfection® Hand Cream also comes in a 2-oz. size, perfect for on-the-go skin softening. Slather on hand cream after washing hands, and don’t forget to keep a pair of gloves in your coat pockets to protect hands from the elements!

For a whole-body approach, make sure to hydrate from within. Even though we don’t sweat as much during the winter, we still lose a substantial amount of water daily. At a minimum, make sure to drink at least eight cups per day to keep your body operating at its best.

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Before you open up a new browser tab to search, “What are ceramides?” stay with us, because we have answers you’ll want to know about including how to pronounce “ceramides” correctly!

Ceramides (cera – sounds like Sarah, mides – rhymes with hides) are fatty acids found in our skin and hair. A notable duty that ceramides have is helping to form a protective barrier for our bodies. Our natural ceramides deplete as we age allowing for vital moisture to escape and without a way for our body to regenerate those cells, we loose vital moisture. Fortunately, applying plant-based ceramides can be a great solution.

This is where our new Ceramide Care® hair care collection shines. By harnessing the power of rice-derived ceramides in each of our formulas, every hair strand is coated to lock in moisture and protect the strand’s outer layer that can flake and become brittle as it ages. The result is softer, smoother, more flexible hair that looks and feels healthier.

Our Ceramide Care Curl & Frizz Control, Volumizing, Clarifying, and Fragrance Free formulas are color safe, sulfate free, 100% vegan, cruelty free, and ready to give you the best hair of your life. Power-packed with all the ingredients you want and none you don’t, Ceramide Care is specially formulated to help you have the healthiest hair yet. Snag a couple bottles of Ceramide Care now 25% off through April 4th exclusively on our website and get ready to love your hair everyday!

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ES MT Ceramide Lotion 8ozThere are a few things as frustrating as dry, rough, itchy skin.

But whether it’s due to cold or dry weather, allergies, irritation from harsh soaps and skin care treatments, or illness, dry, damaged skin can be difficult to get rid of. The key is using products that contain ingredients that help soothe, protect, and heal the skin from the inside out – that’s why ceramides are such a powerful ally in the fight against dry, rough skin.

Ceramides are effective in skin care products because they occur naturally in our skin. They’re actually fatty acids (lipids) that are found in the membrane of skin cells and serve as a key part of the stratum corneum, which is the skin’s primary barrier that helps lock moisture in and keep foreign substances out. The stratum corneum actually contains three types of lipids – ceramides, cholesterol, and free fatty acids. Together, these lipids form glycophospholipids. If you want healthy, hydrated skin, you must have the right proportion of ceramides in this barrier. Without enough ceramides, your skin can have trouble holding onto water and develop skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.

If you’re looking for an effective way to incorporate ceramides into your skincare routine, Earth Science Naturals has introduced a product that helps to harnesses the power of these fatty acids to help heal and soothe dry, damaged skin. The Multi-Therapy Ceramide Healthy Skin Lotion combines plant ceramides with lecithin and other essential fatty acids to create glycophospholipids that help restore and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier. Like all of Earth Sciences Naturals’ products, the lotion is plant-based and contains other proven ingredients like shea butter to moisturize the skin and hemp oil to help stimulate ceramide production.

While the Multi-Therapy Ceramide Healthy Skin Lotion has a soothing feel as soon as it’s applied to the skin, its long-term benefits are particularly impressive — because it doesn’t just moisturize on the surface. Regular use of Ceramides can aid in bolstering the skin’s moisture-retaining capabilities and may assist in healing skin that’s suffering from conditions like psoriasis and eczema by treating symptoms and preventing them from reoccurring. The non-greasy formula is also fragrance-free and doesn’t contain parabens or artificial dyes, so it’s an ideal choice for sensitive skin.

If you’re suffering from chronic dry, damaged skin or just have dehydrated skin due to the dry weather, the Multi-Therapy Ceramide Healthy Skin Lotion is definitely a product worth checking out.