As we transition into Autumn and the weather starts to drop, our skin, even if it usually is not too sensitive, can start to flare up and experience sensitivity.
This could appear in the form of; redness, dry patches, irritated, itchy and sore skin or you may just feel like your skin isn't as radiant as usual.
WHY YOUR SKIN CAN BECOME SENSITIVE
The reaction in your skin which causes sensitivity is due to your immune response to certain skin stress.
When our body perceives your skin is under attack, chemicals called cytokines are released which swing the immune system into gear causing inflammation. This immune response is totally natural and is actually your body trying to help your skin; for example it is useful when your skin needs to repair itself if you have an injury or wound.
However on the flipside, if your skin is permanently in a state of alert it can cause premature ageing, developing wrinkles and losing skin radiance, damaging your complexion.
AUTUMN SKIN STRESSORS:
COLD WEATHER AND WIND
The harsh cold temperature and winds can reduce our skin's moisture levels and deplete its natural defenses meaning it struggles to repair itself, causing stress and making skin sensitive to touch.
As we dust off the central heating and cosy up for Autumn, the temperature variations between cold outside and warm inside can cause physical stress for sensitive skin, causing an immune response that can create rashes, hives, dryness and soreness.
As the humidity levels drop due to central heating, the dry air sucks more of the moisture out of your skin, causing dryness and flakiness and damaging the skin barrier layer, which allows more allergens to enter the skin causing irritation. This is more likely if you usually experience eczema or other dry skin conditions.
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR SKIN IN AUTUMN
Sensitive skin needs gentle handling as well as a helping hand to defend against environmental stress and reduce any irritation. Here is our 3 step plan:
Reduce irritation by avoiding over cleansing the skin, which contributes to dryness and sensitivity, and remove potential irritants such as irritating chemicals and essential oils from your skin care products.
Our recommendation: The S5 Neutralise Cleanser is perfect for sensitive skin. It does not disrupt the barrier layer of skin and freshens and cools inflamed skin. It also helps the skin to adapt to stress caused by temperature fluctuations, improving skin vitality and viability in very cold and very hot conditions, perfect for the temperature fluctuations in this season.
Calm down irritated skin using gentle plant based anti inflammatories which reduce chronic inflammation and redness.
Our recommendation: The S5 Calm Serum has been specifically formulated with a super cocktail of marine actives to care for sensitive skin. Sea Whip is one of the most potent natural soothing ingredients ever discovered. Sea Mayweed (a sister plant to Chamomile) which is clinically proven to soothe any signs of irritation, reducing skin reactivity by 24% and reduces the appearance of long-term redness by 20%, whilst Chlorella Peptides reduce vascularisation, which is a component in Rosacea.
Building a strong barrier layer is essential to defend the skin against environmental damage. Use a good quality moisturiser which has been formulated with natural oils and hydrating ingredients.
Our recommendation: The S5 Serenity Creamis specially formulated to help reduce chronic inflammation and skin hyper reactivity by combatting dehydration. This will help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve skin firmness by stimulating epidermal regeneration. This natural moisturising cream includes Marine Laminaria which specifically targets chronic inflammation and ageing whilst boosting the skin barrier, helping it to protect the skin from weather induced stressors.