What’s the Deal with DMS?

by | 5 June 2018

DMS is the principle behind dermaviduals, but what exactly does that mean for your skin?

Our favourite acronym, DMS, stands for Derma Membrane Structure. This patented technology mimics the composition and structure of the stratum corneum, which is the outermost layer of your skin (and sometimes referred to as the ‘horny layer’ – get your giggles out of the way, we’re going to be using this terminology further along in the blog!).

The stratum corneum can be likened to a brick wall, with the dead horny cells represented by bricks and lipids (oils) by mortar. The lipids present determine the effectiveness of this protective layer of your skin. If your skin barrier is disordered, the wall will be crumbling & uneven, meaning your skin will feel dry, sensitive & irritated and will reflect this in how it looks (think inflammation, red & even flaky skin). It will also be more susceptible to the penetration of foreign substances because of its irritated state.

By using products that contain DMS, you’ll maintain the natural skin barrier and prevent the breakdown of the stratum corneum’s protective components. When your skin’s protective layer is intact and healthy, your skin’s ability to hold its natural hydration will be balanced and functioning as it should.

16 of our creams contain our wonderful DMS technology and many of these can be further customised to your skin needs with the addition of actives.

If you really want to skin nerd out, below is a table that represents the composition of DMS compared to the structure of the skin’s horny layer:

Composition of DMS
Skin structure
Phosphatidylcholine (from soybean lecithen)
Ceramides (from yeast)
Triglycerides (from coconut oil)
Squaline (from olives)
Sterols (from shea nut)
Fatty acids (from hydroperoxy fatty acids)
Fatty acids & NMF


If skin health is a priority for you, our DMS is a must in your skincare range. Find your closest clinic here to keep that horny layer strong!