International Beauty Report: Hydra Life Saver

Korean women have a reputation for being among the most beautiful women in Asia, and they take their skincare seriously. So when a Korean friend of mine gave me Dior Hydra Life Moisturizing Mist as a going away present, I knew I was in for a treat.

After living and working in South Korea on and off for nearly three years, the time had come to say goodbye, and now I’m currently on the road, making my way home to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico via a jaunt through torrid Southeast Asia. Last month was Indonesia and Singapore, the next two months will see me in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Brunei, Cambodia, and Thailand. With all the traveling in hot and steamy countries, it’s not like I need a thick and goopy moisturizer, the humidity ensures my face is glisten-y enough as it is.

As it turns out my Korean friend was clairvoyant. As she hugged me goodbye, she said, “You’re going to need this,” as she slipped the goodbye present in my hands. She explained that she and all her friends use the Hydra Life spray to keep their skin cool and comfortable during the extremely humid South Korean summers.

Curious as to the ingredients of this mystery mist, I checked out Dior’s website. “A trilogy of flower extracts from the Dior gardens,” it explains, make up this fragrant spray: Jisten from Uzbekistan to moisturize, mallow from Anjou to stimulate the renewal of epidermal cells and centella from Madagascar to restore the skin’s bounce by activating collagen synthesis.

Nearly two months into my trip, and while I can’t say for sure I’ve noticed the specific results that the trilogy of flowers has promised, my skin does feel balanced and delightfully cool. I stash the pretty, skin-saving bottle in the fridge whenever possible for an even more refreshing spritz. It’s also a blessing in a bottle on airplanes, protecting my face from the dry, stale air.

Now that I’ve traveled with a bottle of Hydra Life in by purse, it’s likely I’ll never leave home without it again.