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Dyson’s Newest Launch Takes Aim at the 2 Biggest Threats to Skin

Kara Jillian Brown

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Winter is the best time to invest in your indoor air quality. As we shut our windows to keep out the cold, we're getting less air circulation just as we're amping up indoor pollutants like candles and fires. Plus, as the air dries out, we can be left with dry airways, cracked skin, and dehydrated hair. The Dyson Purifier Humidify+Cool Formaldehyde ($900) the brand's latest launch, tackles all of those issues with one sleek machine.

"Air quality is typically talked about in terms of pollution," said David Hill, design manager at Dyson, at a press event. "But we also need to be really careful in considering the other factors of air quality, things like temperature and humidity also have a very significant impact on our bodies and on how our we're living our day-to-day lives. And when we're breathing 23,000 times a day, and inhaling 10,000 liters of air a day, it's having an effect on our lungs for sure, but it also can have an effect on our skin."

Indoor pollutants can damage the skin barrier, causing inflammation that can cause dryness, redness, skin irritation, and exacerbate skin conditions like acne, eczema, and rosacea. Add dry air to the equation, which can on its own cause dry, flaky, and itchy skin, and you see that poor indoor air quality can wreak havoc on your complexion. Thanks to Dyson's new launch, you'll be able to stave off both with a single machine.

The Dyson Purifier Humidify+Cool Formaldehyde purifies, humidifies, and cools the air while also destroying formaldehyde. This unit is most similar to the Dyson Purifier Humidify+Cool Cryptomic, which launched in 2020. The biggest difference between the two is that this newer unit is fully sealed to lock in pollutants. A HEPA filter catches 99.97 percent of particles 0.3 microns in size (translation, very small and potentially irritating) while an activated carbon filter removes gases and odors. Plus, a catalytic filter destroys formaldehyde that can seep into your air from pressed-wood products, cleaning agents, paints, wallpapers, and more.

Water for the humidifier is stored at the bottom of the machine. The machine has UV-C technology to remove 99.9 percent of bacteria in your water and uses air multiplier technology to provide mist-free humidification. To keep the machine clean, you can run a deep-clean cycle that busts through all parts of the machine that are exposed to water. The machine will tell you when it's time to run this cycle.

What it's like to use the Dyson Purifier Humidify+Cool Formaldehyde

Setting up my Dyson Purifier Humidify+Cool Formaldehyde was incredibly simple. I just had to remove a few pieces of tape and plastic and lock the parts in place—this took less than five minutes. Next, I connected it to my WiFi and Amazon Alexa so I can control the device without the remote.

The best part of this device is that it streamlines all of my air-quality needs. Before, I was using a standing fan, an air purifier, and a humidifier. Now, I get all of these tools in one sleek product. I love the gold detail on the filter grate—it's honestly the prettiest air quality tool out there.

More than the fact that it doubles as a piece of decor, I love knowing that it's doing its thing without my help. Whenever I blow dry my hair or apply hair spray, the purifier kicks into high gear, making my air nice and clean. Plus, I'm quite sensitive to fragrance, so I like to run it when I'm burning a candle to allow me to enjoy the scent without eventually choking on the fragrance.

The Dyson Purifier Humidify+Cool Formaldehyde is hands down the best addition to my bedroom. Because I work from home and my desk is in my room, I spend 80 percent of my day within these four walls. I love having the peace of mind that the air I'm breathing is supporting my well-being.

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