What Happens to Skin When Moving or Traveling

If you’re like most people, you don’t think much about how your climate affects your skin because you’re used to it. You might notice some uncomfortable conditions, such as blazing temperatures in the summer or overly dry air in the winter, but do you ever take a moment to consider how these extreme conditions affect the health your skin?

Moving or visiting a place with a completely different climate, you may find your skin lashing out in the form of breakouts, irritation, and a slew of other woes. The actual barrier that interacts with the atmosphere on a constant basis has its own needs, and immersing skin into a totally new, drastic climate brings those needs to the surface…literally.

Skin Yoga — AKA Restoring Skin Balance

It’s a general assumption that skin experiences one of two extremes — overwhelming oiliness or desert-like dryness. The reality is that proper moisture balance of the skin requires the skin to have some natural oils along with a fair amount of water content. This precious balance is greatly influenced by environmental factors, such as temperature, humidity, and pollution levels, especially when going from one extreme climate to another.

Many skin issues that we blame on genetics and bad luck may actually result from climate-related dehydration. Desert and summer conditions — soaring temperatures with little to no moisture in the atmosphere — can cause dry, dehydrated skin. On the flipside, sticky tropical conditions with too much humidity can result in overly oily skin, which is still a form of dehydration because the balance of moisture leans toward oil and not water. When the environment suddenly changes, your skin responds in ways that are often unfavorable.

Moving to a Winter Wonderland

If you are moving from a warm climate to a cold, arid one, your skin will likely become dry and inflamed from the drastic change. This is because the extreme dryness of the air causes your skin cells to forfeit its precious water content.

Transitioning from summer to fall to winter is a gradual process occurring throughout the year. Moving or traveling can cause skin to go from one extreme to another in a matter of hours, and there’s no time for catching up. Pour Moi climate smart skincare makes up for this lost time.

The Climate Energized Beautifiers (P-CEBs) in the Polar Day Cream take the extremely cold, dry conditions into account to best care for skin. When you’re going from one climate to another, there’s only one skincare that adjusts with the environment to avoid the skin issues associated with moving or traveling: Pour Moi.

[Keep reading: How Skincare Can Reduce Transepidermal Water Loss]

Tasting the Tropics

If you are traveling from a temperate or cooler climate to one that is hot and humid, you will likely find yourself sweating a lot more. People who live in colder climates love to experience the comforting warmth of tropical hotspots during the summer. However, the skin doesn’t interpret the sudden change as a vacation. Excessive humidity in this climate can result in excessive oil production, leading to clogged pores, breakouts, and even dehydration.

A lighter moisturizer is needed in this humid environment so skin doesn’t feel overwhelmed by the moisture from the atmosphere, the increased oiliness in the skin, and the hydration from skincare. This is why the Tropical Day Cream is Pour Moi’s lightest moisturizer, giving the skin exactly what it needs to restore balance while you’re on vacation.

Moving and traveling can be stressful enough without skin complications, so make this transition as smooth as possible by packing climate smart skincare. Pour Moi skincare adjusts for you, so you don’t have to worry about the climate disturbing your balance. Pay attention to what your skin needs, and it will thank you. Poor me? No, Pour Moi.

Lacey Bourassa
About the Author: Lacey Bourassa is a lifestyle, beauty, and wellness writer with a passion for spreading education and awareness to women. She has been involved in the start-up and evolution of two beauty blogs, and previously worked as a freelance writer and script editor for a reality personality. Being an avid self-starter, Lacey graduated college early to become a full-time writer and has been creating content ever since.