5 Reasons Why Climate is the Most Important Factor in Preventing Skin Aging
By karina / 18 December 2023
Our skin does not exist in a vacuum. It’s a living, changing organ that responds to its stressors (and our stressors), adapts to its environment, and is intrinsically linked to the climate in which we live.
While our skin radically changes based on where it is, most moisturizers are the same. Research shows that signs of aging—wrinkles, folds, lack of elasticity—are all directly linked to the region in which you live. So, finding the synergy between where your skin is and what you’re putting on it is the only thing standing between you and your most beautiful complexion. Here, the five reasons climate is the most important factor you and your skin need to consider.
1. Your face is especially sensitive to temperature.
In fact, the biological thermometers and thermostats in your body are located in your face (actually, in your T-zone). Pour Moi Day Creams are each specially formulated to adjust to temperature and humidity shifts in each particular climate. If you live in an area that maintains roughly the same temp and humidity level all year long, stick with the Pour Moi Day Cream that best matches your climate (Marine, Mountain, Polar, Tropical, Desert, or Temperate). If you live in a place with distinct seasons like the Northeast, which is known for harsh, dry winters, hot, humid summers, and mild springs and falls, switch up your cream when the weather changes. Just like your wardrobe.
2. Skin dehydration is the cause of dullness, irritation, and fine lines.
This happens when your skin isn’t absorbing enough water from the atmosphere. Research has found that dermatitis (itchy, dry, red skin) flares in northern areas with low humidity and temperatures. Since most moisturizers don’t address these climate factors, your skin may constantly feel dry no matter how many products you slather on. Another study, in Japan, tracked volunteers as they smiled in a room that had a humidity level of either 10 percent or 80 percent. They used special technology to see how the expression of smiling caused their skin to fold. The faces of volunteers in the dry (low-humidity) rooms were stiffer. Their folds weren’t just more pronounced while they smiled, but remained that way after their faces relaxed. Pour Moi’s GeoHydrodynamic Complex is designed to safely draw water into the epidermis, either from the air or from the dermis (depending upon where humidity is available). It then infuses the skin with three sizes of hyaluronic acid molecules to help your outer layer of skin absorb and retain water.
3. Your skin’s health relies on humidity.
Humidity is good for your skin for more than its natural moisturizing benefits. Research shows that it significantly helps the absorption of moisturizing ingredients. Pour Moi’s Temperate Day Cream is for times when you don’t even feel humidity (actually, you think it’s a perfect day—not too dry, not too moist). Heading into the frigid, dry winter months in some places, Polar Day Cream ensures that skin is getting the optimal amount of humidity to keep it hydrated and healthy. While cooler, humid temperatures like those in the Northwest benefit from Marine Day Cream to keep it balanced and hydrated.
4. Climate dictates how effective an ingredient will be (even a highly touted one).
Did you know that important skincare ingredients like hyaluronic acid can actually cause dehydration when there’s no moisture in the atmosphere for the molecules to grab onto? Instead, the humectant will look inward, grabbing moisture from within the skin to circulate it to the surface. Pour Moi Day Creams contain three sizes of hyaluronic acid molecules to help your outer skin absorb water for optimal hydration. The three sizes smartly work by switching on the small molecules in dry climates to absorb water from what you drink, while the medium and large size molecules kick into high gear in humid climates to catch the moisture from the air.
5. Science has proven that your environment is the main cause of skin aging.
Yes, your DNA plays a big role too, but genetics is not as significant as environmental factors like climate, pollution or temperature shifts. In fact, scientists have studied the skin of twins to see what contributes to one looking significantly older than the other (even though they have the same genetics). Those in hotter climates with more sun had older-looking skin. Yet those in colder climates had a decrease in barrier function, which showed up as dry, flaky, irritated skin. Focusing on your climate (instead of your skin type) can reverse environmental damage and prevent future climate-induced damage from occurring. Day Creams rich in antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E, protect your skin from free radicals caused by UV damage, plus a unique blend of peptides and botanicals, particularly White Truffle, improves the skin’s surface and erases early signs of aging.