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Jet setting. Fun and all but boy oh boy can it mess with your skin. Because there is nothing worse than landing in a hot new city and being greeted by a pimple the size of the Pisa Tower. And we all want glowing, healthy skin right?
The trick to maintaining a healthy glow on the road is a mixture of the right products, the right regime and the right skin boosting supplements.
[The Right Products]
Don’t Skip the Sunscreen
If your moisturiser doesn’t have SPF in it, you’re in big trouble.
The sun really is your skin’s worst enemy. It breaks down both collagen and elastin.
Not only should you be applying it on the ground, but also if you’re flying during the day! UV rays are even stronger up there in higher altitude so the risk of sun-related damage does increase. Try Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 – it works a treat!
A Good Mask can Make all the Difference!
I like to prepare my skin before a big flight, then treat it to one once I land, too.
The night before you fly, give your skin a head start with a moisture boost. Apply a super hydrating face mask such as the Aspect Hydrating Mask, or make one yourself from coconut oil and honey like this one one which is antiseptic, antimicrobial, and super restorative for your skin!
Touch Down Mask
Ok, so the Rodan + Fields Mini Facial is without a doubt the best at home facial I’ve ever used. The Microdermabrasion paste gets rid of any dry skin build up, leaving your skin feeling like a babies bottom. Seriously, it is so incredibly soft. Then the delightful night serum glides on, leaving a silky finish, followed by the lip serum. I leave this on overnight and the next day, any signs of a long flight are gonzo!
Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise, Repeat
The truth is, your skincare regime doesn’t have to change when you travel. The classic cleanse, tone, moisturise technique still applies, but just make sure you’re not over drying with the types of products you use, aiming to balance your skin’s pH levels.
A gentle cleanse with the trusty Cetaphil cleanser has been working wonders for me. Its lightweight, fragrance-free gel-like formula does not block pores, balances the pH levels and removes dirt but doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils.
Oh, and the best part is that you can use it with or without water!
For toner, I love love love SKII Facial Treatment Essence as it maintains the skin’s natural renewal cycle for maximum nourishment. Or opt for Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner for a more budget friendly, yet amazingly effective toner.
And when it comes to serums – I always prefer a Vitamin C based one as it stimulates collagen growth and we all know that’s the golden ticket to looking beaut!
Perricone MD’s Vitamin C Serum has served me well in the past but I just started sampling SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic. Although pricey, it is seriously amazing. It combines absorbic acid (vol. 15%) and vitamin E with ferulic acid to help brighten the skin and reduce visible signs of ageing (ie: your skin looks damn fine).
DO Skip the Makeup
Unless you’re sitting next to Ryan Gosling on the plane, there is absolutely no reason to fly with a face full of makeup. Avoid any foundation or powder, as they’ll only dry your skin out.
If you’re flying overnight, you should continue your regular evening skin care routine. If you haven’t got travel-friendly sizes of each, cleansing wipes do the trick, and samples from your fave brands from Sephora etc are even better!
Hydrate, Hydrate then Hydrate some more!
As fun as it may be drankin on the plane, the last thing you want to do is get through 3 mini bottles of red, stumble to the bathroom, get knocked out by the door, wake up with a concussion, spend the rest of the flight with an oxygen tank and get labelled ‘that drunk girl’ on the plane. True story. Sadly.
If that doesn’t have you reaching for the H20 consider this: dehydration on a plane is ten fold. And when your skin is dry – it may overcompensate for the dryness with something else: grease. Yuck!
For every hour you’re on the plane – try and drink 25oml of water and puh-lease don’t be tempted by the vino.
If you need a caffeine hit on the flight, opt for green tea instead – it’s even more potent than Vitamin C as an antioxidant and fights free radicals which are buzzing all around you. Invisible to the naked eye of course, but trust me, they’re there.
[The Right Supplements]
It’s not all about what’s on the outside that counts. Obviously, diet plays a big part in the appearance of your skin, but getting an adequate amount of all nutrients from your food can be tricky which is where these power supplements come in;
This healthy fat found in fish oil is great for maintaining a glowing complexion. Krill oil is particularity good for skin as it contains a carotene that is an antioxidant, plus it strengthens the skin’s barrier for keeping moisture in and any nasties out!
Zinc helps heal and rejuvenate skin. It prevents the formation of damaging free radicals and protects the cells that make collagen when the skin is exposed to UV light and pollution etc.
Evening Primrose Oil
The omega-6 fatty acids in Evening Primrose Oil play a big role in cell structure, improving nerve function and skin elasticity.
This powerful antioxidant is crucial to your body’s collagen production can also help reduce wrinkles and improve skin texture. It also works best when taken orally.