Dior Goes Eco-Friendly With New Hydra Life Collection

Dior Hydra Life

When you hear the word “Dior,” it’s easy to start picturing couture gowns and luxe lipsticks. You might be less likely to think about green beauty and intense science, but that’s exactly what the French house’s latest skincare collection is all about (of course, true to the brand, the packaging is still gorgeous and the textures decadent).

Dior’s new Hydra Life collection features nine new silicone-, paraben- and petrochemical-free products made from 90% natural ingredients. The packaging is made of glass and the boxes—which won’t come wrapped in cellophane—are printed with natural inks, in keeping with the earth-friendly vibes. We’re also loving the colourful, youthful look of the collection (along with price tags that are a little less… designer).

As for the science, Dior partnered with the Human Microbiome Project, an initiative to identify all of the important microorganisms that live in the human body. Much like modern-day gut wisdom days, not all bacteria is bad, and in fact, having a healthy amount of “good” bacteria in your skin’s flora is crucial to keeping it healthy. With these findings in mind, Dior formulated Hydra Life with harberlea flower, which is said to stimulate the skin’s flora and help activate its own natural defences.

The line consists of three masks, three cleansers, an exfoliating powder, an essence and a gel-creme moisturizer.

The masks can be used separately, or in combination for targeted multi-masking. The Glow Better Fresh Jelly Mask ($69) feels refreshing and contains citrus extracts for brightening; the Pores Away Pink Clay Mask ($69) fights impurities; and the Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask ($69) helps nourish and soften skin with white pine oil.

When it comes to cleansing, there’s something for every skin type. If you’re on the oily side, you’ll love the toning action of the white tea–infused Lotion to Foam Fresh Cleanser ($42), whereas dry types can count on a moisture hit from the Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser ($42)’s sweet almond oil. There’s also a micellar cleanser (Micellar Water No Rinse Cleanser ($42))—a trend we’re loving right now.

We’re also excited about the Time to Glow Ultra Fine Exfoliating Powder ($45), which turns from powder to foam once you add water (allowing you to control your exfoliation intensity by adjusting the ratio of powder to water). Its lotus seeds and sugar crystals gently polish away dead skin cells, leaving skin radiant and ready to soak up your moisturizer.

On that front, we suggest layering the Deep Hydration Sorbet Water Essence ($73) and the Fresh Hydration Sorbet Crème ($69), both of which refresh and hydrate skin with extract from mallow flowers plucked right from the Dior gardens—can you think of a chicer way to moisturize?

The Dior Hydra Life range is now available in stores and online at sephora.com.

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