Are you taking proper measures to protect your skin from the harsh realities of air travel? Speaking from 14 years, 3 days a week of experience, I can honestly say it took a lot of trial and error to figure out what is best for my skin; my combination, acne prone-aging skin.
What I try to do when I’m traveling is protect my skin from water loss. It’s not easy, but it’s do-able. I’ll start off with a creamy cleanser, one that won’t strip my skin, leaving it feeling dry and tight. FYI…Your skin should never feel like that after cleansing. If it does, you’re using the wrong cleanser. I will look for cleansers such as Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Cream Cleanser. Not only does it effectively remove my makeup, it also offers some nice barrier-restoring ingredients to help begin the process of protection. If you find this cleanser to be a bit too heavy for your skin, Peter Thomas Roth offers a lighter, cleansing lotion.
Because my skin is prone to breakouts, I will incorporate a blemish solution sparingly, meaning only on the areas I tend to encounter inflammation. This is usually my chin. With the inclusion of tea tree oil, I like Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More Poresolution for a gentler way to go while in the air.
When I’m heading out on a long flight, I will, without a doubt, reach for the African Botanics Neroli Infused Marula Oil. You may have heard me brag about this one in previous write-ups. This is perfect for air travel! I love this oil! The description says it all:
Neroli infused Marula Oil is a natural, cold pressed, light textured facial oil blend that is easily absorbed into skin. Rich in vitamins C + E & natural antioxidants that help cells renew & resist damage. High in essential fatty acids (Omega 9 oleic & Omega 6 linoleic) that deeply hydrate skin & reduce redness while protecting against the elements. This impeccable facial anti-aging oil infused with essence of Neroli, penetrates deeply for soft, supple & radiant skin.
If I’m flying during the day, I will of course include a sunscreen. Because think about how much closer you are to the sun 37,000 feet in the air. Without wanting to go too heavy, I will leave it at that. I’ll usually keep on hand my tin of Smith’s Rosebud Salve (I will usually dab a little right around my eyes to lock in moisture), and a tube of concealer, mostly for the conclusion of the flight if I want to conceal any redness. And a little goes a long way with the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer. I love this multi-task product!
When we’re working with clients at JPS Skin – Irvine, CA, we really stress the importance of a well-formulated and well-rounded skin care regimen. Of course, there may be times to edit or alter the regimen, but your main objective is to always encourage a healthy skin barrier.