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We originally evolved a “fight or flight” mechanism to keep us safe in the face of danger. However, our now permanently busy pace of life causes our mind and body to exist in a permanent state of stress, which can lead to premature ageing. Lack of sleep can also be a contributing factor to cortisol dysfunction, caused by modern lifestyle habits such as using electronics at night time.

The skin is part of the nervous system, which continually communicates with the brain with chemical messengers and hormones. Stress causes the production of cortisol and adrenaline which are both inflammatory. As the skin and the brain are part of the same system, skin cells will produce cortisol in response to stress. Permanent stress causes continually high levels of cortisol.

High cortisol causes flushing and redness, persistent low-level inflammation, which causes the skin to produce harmful enzymes that erode collagen and elastin. Over time this damage becomes visible in the form of lines and wrinkles. Over time, stress can also change the skin's moisture balance and skin barrier function, making it less efficient at defending itself against aggressors like free radicals and environmental stress such as changes in humidity and UV rays.

Our bioactive Wild Indigo found in our Renew Serum and also within our Extreme Protection Complex in every S5 moisturiser, is designed to prevent cortisol damage within the skin, improving skin tone and luminosity and defending against stress related ageing.

Our Antarctic Glycoproteins, found in our Renew Serum and our Renew Eye Cream, work on reducing the visible appearance of premature ageing and are proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkle depth by an average of 44% in 30 days.

Our Extreme Protection Complex, found in every S5 moisturiser, contains a blend of several bioactives designed to combat modern life issues such as chronic stress, immune system dysfunction and exposure to pollution.

S5 products are free from parabens, SLS/SLES, PEGS, DEA, Mineral Oil, Silicon, Propylene Glycol, GMO or synthetic fragrances.

All S5 products are are made with a high percentage of organic ingredients and use only 100% natural active ingredients.