I was recently introduced to Pour Moi Skincare and felt immediately intrigued by the company’s concept. Instead of creating moisturizers for a specific skin type (dry, oily, combination), they’ve created moisturizers based on different climate situations. I think it’s such a great idea!! Especially since the environment can take a serious tole on our skin.
Pour Moi Skincare is the first of its kind, with “Climate-Smart®” products that work with the skin’s “natural climate IQ” to determine which type of moisture is required. In more scientific terms, the external skin layers produces something called “Natural Moisturizing Factors”, which essentially sucks water from the air. The vegan, cruelty-free and non-toxic formulations mimic the behaviour of skin in different locations and seasons to help it attract the appropriate level of hydration.
There are four different types of climate that can have an effect on the skin:
- Dessert Climate
- Tropical Climate
- Temperate Climate
- Polar Climate
The Pour Moi Skincare website has a great section that breaks down exactly how the skin can change in these different conditions. I highly recommend you go check it out (here), as I’m sure I would butcher the scientific explanations.
I tested this cream out consistently for a couple of weeks while we transitioned from summer to fall. It was a short period, however. The temperatures dropped pretty quick! Is it just me or does it seem like we’ve skipped fall entirely? Now I use it every once in a while when Mother Nature can’t seem to make up her mind. The Temperate Day Cream is targeted to work in mild and normal climates, but it suggests regular use when the temperatures are around 7°C – 23°C.
I can confirm that neither cream breaks me out. They’re both fragrance free and absorb really quickly into my skin. My pores never feel clogged or overwhelmed with product, and my skin never feels greasy or sticky.
As the weather gets colder, I’ve been using the Polar Day Cream a little more regularly. It’s made for cold and dry temperatures (between -6°C and 7°C), and here in Canada, the weather has certainly been dry and cold.
I do wish, however, that it were a little more hydrating. I’m surprised the texture isn’t thicker. Instead, it’s slightly gel-like and absorbs really quickly into the skin. Even after smothering my face with 2-3 pumps, my skin feels tight and in need of more moisture. Which surprises me, as the company claims “less is more” and only one drop is necessary. And oddly, the Temperate Day Cream is thicker. I always associate winter with super dry skin, and therefore I tend to reach for a super rich moisturizer. But perhaps I’ve been doing it wrong this whole time and using the wrong skincare for my climate.
In the end, I think they’re both nice creams. I realize I need to continue testing them out (when the climate is appropriate) to truly get a sense of whether or not they work for me. I imagine the Polar Day Cream will get great use once the snow arrives. But I also think this brand may perform better for someone that works outside or spends a lot of their time actually in different weather conditions. I personally spend the majority of my time indoors, on my computer, with the heat pumping.
What do you think about a skincare line based on climate rather than skin-type? Are you intrigued?