Headed to Florida? Your Skin Has a Built-In GPS. Here's How to Steer It to Your Most Beautiful Complexion

By karina / 18 December 2023

Headed to Florida? Your Skin Has a Built-In GPS. Here's How to Steer It to Your Most Beautiful Complexion

Medical research proves that your skin has an innate GPS-- a sensor that knows where you are (hello, Florida sunshine and humidity!) and changes your skin (and its needs) based on the local humidity, temperature, even atmospheric pressure. Here’s how to make it work for you—not against you—so that your complexion gets everything it needs to look and feel its best.

The skin barrier and what it’s designed to do.

This outermost surface of the skin is composed of cells, lipids, and natural moisturizing factors (like fatty and amino acids). To get a visual of this, picture a house: The cells are the bricks and the lipids are the mortar that holds the bricks together. If the mortar is worn away, the bricks won’t be as stable and will eventually not be able to protect the inside of the house. And just like a home’s exterior, the role of the skin barrier is to be the first level of defense against the outside world. In this case, its job is to prevent water loss while also not letting in so much water that the body would be flooded. When the skin barrier is damaged, it appears as redness, dryness, flakiness, lines, and even breakouts. Because the skin barrier is a living thing (unlike actual bricks and mortar), Mother Nature designed it to be smart and loaded with climate-reading sensors that make it adjust to what’s going on outside. This is why our skin looks and acts differently depending upon the season –typically drier in winter, more oil-producing in summer.

Research proves that skin GPS dictates skin health.

Study after study show that your complexion radically changes, depending on where you are and what the climate is, because your skin recognizes it. For example, in one assessment, doctors tested the cheek and hand skin of 80 adults to investigate the levels of breakdown of filaggrin -- a protein that helps maintain the skin's barrier function – to see if it changed between winter and summer. Not only did they clearly see a deterioration based “on climatic and seasonal changes,’ but they also saw a change in the texture of corneocytes, the cells in the outermost part of the skin's epidermis But while Medical research proves that your skin has its own built-in GPS, traditional creams and moisturizers aren’t formulated to change with it. Pour Moi is the first skincare created to work directly with your skin’s climate sensors. “The skin barrier has an amazing ability to repair itself as skin renews itself on the outside quickly, so it’s important that what you put on it can help it best do its job,” explains Ulli Haslacher, Founder & CEO Pour Moi Skincare. “In Climate-Smart® skincare, we separate between outer skin and inner skin. Outer skin is the epidermis where skincare lives. It never reaches the inner skin--the dermis--and functions completely differently.” Pour Moi Day Creams are each specially formulated to adjust to temperature and humidity shifts in each particular climate. For example, Pour Moi’s Tropical Day Cream ensures that skin is staying balanced, hydrated (trapping humidity from the air) and clear of irritants to keep it protected and healthy. If you live in an area like Miami, Florida that maintains roughly the same temp and humidity level all year long, stick with the Pour Moi Tropical Day Cream. Or, if your climate changes throughout the year, or you travel frequently, choose one that best matches each season or location (Polar, Tropical, Desert, Marine, Mountain or Temperate). Each cream is rich in antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E, which protect your skin from free radicals caused by UV damage, and they contain a unique blend of peptides and botanicals, particularly White Truffle, which improves the skin’s surface and erases early signs of aging. When you use Pour Moi’s 3-step ritual (Hydrating Balancer, Serum and Day Cream), each layer adds a boost of hydration, nutrients and protection for your skin to keep it healthy and adjusting to whatever climate situation you’re in.