Just launched, the latest Great British Brand to arrive at CONTENT is S5 Skincare. This concise range of cleansers, moisturisers and targeted serums provides a range of solutions for all skin types. We take a look at the range and the inspiration behind the sourcing of the key active ingredients....
THE BRAND: Created by Good Ventures, the minds behind Evolve Organic Beauty and the original cast at NUDE Skincare, the S5 Organic Skincare range hails from right here in the UK. S5 Skincare have some of the best specialists in the world dedicated to natural and organic products among their ranks, bringing you a range of technically advanced, naturally effective, certified organic products. Dubbed organic cosmeceuticals, the products focus on stopping the effects of skin stress on your complexion, known as inflammaging, no matter your skin concern or type.
THE PRODUCTS: S5 Skincare has created a core range of two cleansers and two moisturisers. Add to this one or several serums from their list of five treatment serums and you can customise your skincare to suit your skin at any given time. Sun-damage after holidays? Add the Illuminate Serum for hyper-pigmentation and the Replenish Serum for any dryness. Monthly breakout? Use the Purity Serum to reduce the appearance of blemishes and the Calm Serum to reduce and redness or irritation.
Cleanse to Soothe and Nourish:
- Nourish Cleanser - For normal to dry skins this oil based organic cleanser protects the skins moisture barrier and prevents tightness, while removing light make-up and daily pollution. With 99.62% natural and 80% organic ingredients this cleanser is rich in Omega fatty acids from Arctic, Desert, and Alpine sources. We love using this to remove make-up. It is also ideal for the first step in your cleansing regime if you like to double cleanse.
- Neutralise Cleanser - Suitable for normal, oily and sensitive skins this cleanser is an allergen-free soothing, non-foaming gel which helps reduce the appearance of redness. This cleanser is 100% natural and 20% organic and includes Arctic and Sea bio-actives help to defend against environmental stress and leave your skin feeling clean and calm.
Moisturise to Defend and Protect:
- Restore Cream - Formulated for normal to dry and sensitive skins this day cream is an anti-ageing moisturer which helps to increase hydration and repair damaged lipid barriers on the skins surface. With 99.25% natural ingredients of which 67.99% are certified organic the Restore Day Cream uses Desert, Marine, and Arctive bioactives help halt the inflammation that can cause wrinkles, and Hyaluronic Acid boosts moisture content of skin cells and reduces skin hyper-reactivity.
- Balance Fluid - For those with normal to oily skin the S5 Balance Fluid is and anti-ageing moisture fluid with a matte finish. This allergen-free organic day cream uses 99.2% natural with 69.47% organic ingredients and helps to reduce oil production and pore size, while calming inflammation and neutralizing the effects of oxidation stress. Alpine, Marine, and Arctic bioactives combine to offer clear complexion benefits for stressed skin.
Customise Your Routine:
- Renew Serum - this is a intense wrinkle-fighting treatment featuring Arctic bioactives to plump and smooth skin, while reducing the appearance of expression lines. Add to your regime as an all over treatment serum or use to target fine lines around the eyes, mouth or anywhere else. 99.57% natural with 78% being organic ingredients.
- Illuminate Serum - This is the S5 targeted serum for hyper-pigmentation and uneven skin tone. The magic ingredients are Alpine bioactives which increase radiance and luminosity while lightening the appearance of age spots & evening out skin tone. 99.65% natural with 76% being organic ingredients.
- Calm Serum - Perfect for those dealing with rosacea and redness. Marine bioactives in this formula soothe irritation and can help to reduce the appearance of thread veins, skin flushing, and long term redness. 99.62% natural with 80% being organic ingredients.
- Purity Serum - Rainforest bioactives reduce blemishes without irritating the skin, and Alpine extracts help balance oil production, reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, and counteract inflammation caused by acne. 99.65% natural with 86.72% being organic skincare ingredients.
- Replenish Serum - Those with dry or scarred skin will love this rich repairative serum. Arctic and Desert bioactives, high in a full range of Omegas, nourish and repair the skin while reducing inflammation and boosting hydration. 100% natural with 30% being organic ingredients.
THE INGREDIENTS: S5 Skincare have certified their products under EcoCert, making them certified organic with percentages ranging from 99.2% - 100% natural and 20% - 86.72% organic skincare ingredients. The complete range is formulated without parabens, SLS/SLES, PEGS, DEA, mineral oil, silicone, propylene glycol, genetically modified organisims, and synthetic fragrances. Dubbed organic cosmeceuticals, for problematic or ageing skin, S5 Skincare offers nature's most potent repair and defense tactics, beautifully bottled and simple to use.
The active ingredients have sourced from five extreme ecosystems from around the globe. These powerfully effective natural ingredients boast high clinical effectiveness in lab testing and have been used at the optimal percentages for results in the S5 products. Broken into 5 key concerns these active ingredients are aimed at targeting the following.....
- Hyperpigmentation - Alpine Bioactives used in the Illuminate Serum are a blend of 7 Alpine plants proven to reduce the colour intensity of age spots and even skin tone. In clinical trials it is proven to increase skin lightness by 15% and reduce skin colour (marks) by 30%.
- Dry or Scarred - Desert Pomegranate Oil as found in Replenish Serum are rich in omega 5 and punicic acid, one of the most potent anti-oxidants known to man - reducing inflammation, supporting hormone function and accelerating cellular regeneration.
- Blemish Prone - Amazonian Bioactives found in the Purity Serum are produced from 3 Amazonian bioactives that have a synergistic effect on blemish prone skin without causing irritation. In clinical tests, it was found to reduce the appearance of blemishes by 43%.
- Fine Lines & Wrinkles - Antarctic Glycoproteins used in the Renew Serum are produced by a unique bacteria found at the bottom of a glacier in Antarctica, these natural proteins deliver a 44% reduction in wrinkle depth and a 128% increase in type 1 collagen production.
- Redness & Irritation - Sea Fennel Peptides, found in Calm Serum, are from a Marine plant found in harsh environmental conditions with high salt spray and dehydration. These plant peptides help to reduce the appearance of skin flushing, thread veins and redness, decreasing the appearance of broken capillaries.
WE LOVE: Most of us are faced with a combination of skin concerns, not just the one! With the S5 Skincare range you can target areas with separate serums to balance the overall condition of you skin - hyper-pigmentation on sensitive skin, dry cheeks but acne around the jaw line or hormonal spots with fine lines and wrinkles. Mix and match your skincare to suit the season, periods of increased stress, travel or just your current skin state. We love this approach to skincare. S5 Organic Cosmeceuticals takes inspiration from the world's 5 most extreme ecosystems, which has inspired us to learn more about the amazing plants that grow in these environments - checkout The Lab over the next few weeks for more details.
SPECIAL MENTION: We are excited about the core concept of anti-inflammaging, at the base of the S5 Skincare range. Inflammation is regarded as at the root of many health conditions and one of the processes of ageing and we love that S5 Skincare is approaching this from a skin cell perspective. To read more about this process read the interview with founder Laura Rudoe, HERE.