Winter brings drier centrally heated air with low humidityOur skin prefers a humidity level of about 40-60%. The Sahara Desert has a humidity level of about 25%. In the Autumn and Winter when we switch on our heating this can push humidity levels down as low as 10%. This dries out the skin and makes it more susceptible to flakiness and conditions such as atopic dermatitis and eczema.
One thing you can do to increase comfort levels is to use a humidifier to bring humidity levels back to normal. This can also be done using by boiling water in a pan without a lid to create steam. This will also help dry throats, eyes and noses. Houseplants can help to increase humidity levels as well.
Avoid over cleansing dry skinOur skin has a natural layer of fats and friendly bacteria which seal in moisture and prevents allergens from entering the skin. Over-cleansing the skin, particularly with surfactants (liquid soaps) that wash the oils from the skin, can make dry skin worse. They can also trigger allergies if the skin barrier layer is disrupted.
Using an oil based cleanser that is either rinsed or wiped off the skin can help to prevent this issue, because they use a much more gentle cleansing system (S5's Nourish Cleanser uses a sugar based system) which does not wash the oil from the skin, leaving the skin barrier layer intact.
Environmental stress rises in the AutumnAs well as drier indoor humidity, often the cold and windy conditions outside can affect dry sensitive skin, raising the environmental stress level further. This can cause redness, tightness and discomfort.
The S5 Restore Cream contains several ingredients to reduce environmental stress. Arctic Rhodiola supports skin and helps it to adapt to very hot and cold conditions. Desert Glycoproteins, which are produced by a single celled organism found in the Wadi Desert, help to stabilise the cellular membrane. They have been clinically tested on people with atopic dermatitis and shown to improve the appearance of scaliness by 24% and roughness by 45%. They also boost hydration levels by 30%.
Replenish essential fats, both inside and outDry skin can be linked to a deficiency of essential fatty acids. These are Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats the body cannot manufacture itself, they are obtained from diet. Omega 3 is a key part of our cellular membranes, Often our Western diets are low in Omega 3 (and high in Omega 6) so it is important to ensure you consume sources such as oily fish (salmon and sardines), flaxseed, chia and walnuts.
Essential fats can also be beneficial when applied to the skin. The Replenish Serum contains a full spectrum of all Omega fatty acids including Omega 3 from Alpine Rosehip, Omega 5 from Desert Pomegranate (strong antioxidant and hormone balancer), Omega 6 and 9 from Argan (antioxidant and nourishing) and Omega 7 from Arctic Sea Buckthorn (soothing and elasticity boosting).
Our Prescription for Dry Skin
Use this cleanser for normal to dry skin to gently cleanse without disrupting the skin’s natural barrier layer. It can also be used to remove heavy make up, possibly followed by a second cleanse for oily skin although it does rinse away without leaving an oily residue.
This moisturiser is an ideal partner for regimes for dry or sensitive skin with eczema as well as anti ageing regimes for premature ageing or mature skin. It can also be used in the winter when skin needs additional moisture, and can be made richer with the addition of the Replenish Serum.
This serum is great for dry patches of skin and can be used to richen a moisturizer for winter months or whenever the skin feels dry. The non-greasy nature of this formula means it can be used underneath makeup without problem. This serum can be mixed into your moisturizer or used by itself on clean dry skin. You can also blend it together with another S5 serum for even quicker results. For example try blending it with the S5 Calm Serum to support dry irritated, eczema prone skin.