After a very successful career as a practice surgeon in Beverly Hills, Dr. Simon set out to create a line of products that effectively addressed some of his clients central concerns. Today, that goal has become a full range of at home treatments that focus specifically on sun damage. But is this niche brand worth it’s more luxury price tag? Today, we’re diving into the formulas behind some of Epione Skincare’s best selling products so you can decide for yourself. So without further adieu, let’s get started!
Behind The Brand
Dr. Ourian, the founder behind Epione Skin Care has been one of the most well known plastic surgeons and cosmetic dermatologists for years. He’s performed cosmetic procedures for the Kardashians, and currently has over 2.8 million subscribers on instagram. After years of working in his own practice, Dr. Ourian became frustrated with the lack of skin care products for those looking to treat sun damage in particular. Sun damage can damage collagen, increase dark spots and hyperpigmentation and can accelerate signs of aging. Instead of treating the after effects of sun damage, Epione Skin Care aims to treat these symptoms at their source. Currently, Epione Skin Care is available almost exclusively through their website, although some products can be found through a few other retailers.
The Skin Care Line
Today, Epione Skin Care offers a range of skin treatments and serums to target a range of skincare concerns. They offer 8 different serums for different skin concerns including enlarged pores, premature aging, under eye circles and more. Additionally, although this brand refers to all of their products as serums, they do offer a cleanser and a sunscreen product as well.
Looking a little closely at each of these treatment serums, Epione Skin Care offers a couple of targeted serums, as well as their signature series of serums. The Signature Series features three serums including the Restoration Serum, the Eye Rejuvenation Serum, and the Hydration Serum.
Each of these serums is designed to treat very specific skin concerns. Starting off with their Restoration Serum, this serum contains 2% hydroquinone which is used to improve the appearance of skin texture and tone. The formula was created to reduce skin discoloration that has been caused either by acne scarring or sun damage. The Eye Rejuvenation Serum on the other hand uses peptides and vitamin K to smooth out and depuff the under eye area. Finally, the Hydration Serum acts as a lightweight, yet rich moisturizer.
Looking more closely at some of these key serums from Dr. Ourian Skin Care, the formulas behind these products focus on using a combination of potent, active ingredients. Starting with the Signature Series, the Restoration Serum begins with a base of water, propylene glycol, caprylic triglyceride, isopropyl palmitate, and glyceryl stearate. Most of these ingredients are incredibly common in cosmetics and skincare formulations, although some have caused quite a bit of controversy. Propylene glycol for example, is a synthetic ingredient that is commonly used as a humectant, a lightweight hydrator or an emulsifier. Although this ingredient has been on the receiving end of criticism from those in the green beauty market, most research has shown propylene glycol to be perfectly safe even at higher than average concentrations. Along with propylene glycol, this formula also uses caprylic triglycerides, as a more conditioning moisturizer, as well as isopropyl palmitate, which acts as a texture enhancer and emollient. Finally, glyceryl stearate rounds out this base, acting as a lubricant that can reinforce the skin’s natural protective barrier.
In addition to this base, there are a number of ingredients and actives that give this serum it’s unique, beneficial properties. The main ingredient that is highlighted in the Signature Series Rejuvenation serum is hydroquinone. Hydroquinone is an interesting ingredient that has quite a bit of mixed feedback from consumers, researchers and formulators alike. Hydroquinone has some amazing abilities, and is known to be one of the most effective active ingredients for treated hyperpigmentation specifically. That being said, this product does come with a set of drawbacks. Hydroquinone has been banned in several countries as well as the European Union based on some hydroquinone products that had questionable ingredients including mercury. While these concerns do not actually apply to hydroquinone specifically, the stigma behind the ingredient has remained.
One more drawback to keep in mind before you start using products that contain hydroquinone is a rare skin disorder called exogenous ochronosis. Exogenous ochronosis is an extremely rare skin condition that can develop with long term usage of hydroquinone. Because of this, most recommend that you should only use hydroquinone for around 2-3 months. With that said, hydroquinone can be extremely effective in a 2% concentration, which is the percentage that is contained in the Signature Series Rejuvenation Serum contains. For those who have uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, post-acne marks and age spots, hydroquinone can be one of the best treatment options on the market.
Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible to track down reviews from Dr. Ourian’s products, since they don’t post customer testimonials. But we’d love to hear from you! Have you tried anything from Epione Skincare? Let us know in the comments section down below!