When you think of a desert climate, you might imagine lots of, well, sand, blistering sun, dry air, and steamy hot temps. And that would be accurate. A desert climate is one that’s defined by temps between 75° F and 120° F (yeah, that hot), low humidity, strong sun, and also high levels of pollution. And let’s not forget the dry indoor air as air conditioners are a must in desert climates.
That doesn’t sound too skin friendly, right? But if your skin is prepped and protected the right way, it can actually be a good place for your skin. Hear us out: When your skin is properly hydrated (we’ll get to that), the UV light from the sun gets absorbed by the colors of the desert, sparing your skin from some of the damage ranging from dehydration to sun spots and skin aging. The lack of water in the air actually works in your skin’s favor. Water (in oceans and lakes) and clouds act as a magnifying glass, reflecting the sun’s rays back onto your skin, resulting in sun damage. So, when you’re in the dry desert on a cloudless day without any water in sight, the moisture stays locked in your skin—where it belongs.
So, How Do You Properly Hydrate Skin in a Desert Climate?
This is where Pour Moi Desert Day Cream comes into play. It was designed to give your skin adequate hydration in even the driest, hottest climate. It includes a Geo-hydradynamic complex, which gives your skin the exact amount of moisture it needs based on the climate it’s in and serves as a reservoir to make sure skin gets the active ingredients it needs, helping your skin withstand the desert climate. Here’s how the Desert Day Cream boosts skin’s natural defenses:
- It gives skin the right type of hydration
The Pour Moi Desert Day Cream contains the innovative Geo-hydradynamic complex, which blends different sizes of hyaluronic acid molecules. “Hyaluronic acid is an excellent hydrator that not just attracts water from the atmosphere but also holds the water molecule,” says Ulli Haslacher, founder of Pour Moi Skincare. But not all hyaluronic acid is created—or absorbed—equally.
“Penetration of hyaluronic acid into the skin depends on how stable the ingredient is when applied to the skin and gets exposed to heat, air and light, and also what molecule size the ingredient has (as it depends how deep it can sink into the skin),” Haslacher says. To cover all bases, the Desert Day Cream contains three different sized molecules. The smallest one pulls moisture from liquid and watery foods (think juicy fruits) you eat, while the larger two draw moisture from the air (and, yes, even the dry desert air has some moisture in it). Without this balance, hyaluronic acid in a product can backfire and steal water from the deeper layers of your skin, dehydrating skin instead of providing hydration.
- It locks moisture in
In the Geo-hydradynamic complex, the three hyaluronic acid molecules are paired with White Truffle, which helps protect skin’s barrier (or outermost layer) so it can retain the moisture provided by the hyaluronic acid. The Desert Day Cream also contains Squalane Oil, a fast-absorbing oil that provides skin with a lightweight barrier.
- It protects against damage
Sun and pollution, both of which are strong in a desert climate, can generate free radicals, unstable molecules that look to make themselves whole by attaching to skin cells. But in the process, they do some damage that can result in lines and wrinkles on the skin’s surface. To prevent this, the Desert Climate Day Cream contains two stable forms of vitamin E and vitamin C, potent antioxidants that work to neutralize free radicals before they can get into skin and do damage, as well as encapsulated vitamin A, also an antioxidant with wrinkle-smoothing benefits.