I love flying. My skin does not.
There’s something I find extremely peaceful about being disconnected from the world while up in the air. It’s a free pass to spend poring over the latest VOGUE or getting lost in the book that I’m reading. While I’m serene as all hell, my skin is usually headed toward a full blown panic attack. I’ve figured out a few steps to try to keep the peace, so here’s my routine for maintaining a moisturized and breakout-free exterior – no matter how many flights it might take to get to Malta. Note: My skin wavers between normal and dry, depending on conditions, so if you’re prone to oily skin you can adjust these suggestions as needed.
Before: Cleanse and Prep
Start by removing your makeup with a cleansing wipe. My favorite is by Lumene, but Stila makes a great version for harder-to-remove stuff (looking at you, waterproof eyeliner). I can’t stress this enough: it’s so much better for your skin to fly make-up free. Throw on a little mascara if you’re feeling self-conscious, but skip the face makeup. Next, wash your face with a non-exfoliating gentle cleanser, like First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser or Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. Wrap up the whole shebang with a quick spritz of purified water (Avene eau Thermale is especially refreshing) and a generous slathering of ultrarich moisturizer, like First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream.
During: Hello, Water
Surprise! You knew it was coming – water is good for you. Drink as much H20 as possible while en route, and double up if you happen to fly with a glass of vino (or four, hel-lo 10 hour flight to London). If you’re feeling especially pious, try getting hot water with lemon. Lastly, aim to avoid the complimentary peanuts and pretzels in favor of a less-salty snack, like fruit or a cereal bar.
After: Exfoliate and Hydrate
Get started on the recovery phase as soon as possible upon arrival. After a quick splash of water, swipe on one of Dr. Gross’s Alpha Beta treatments. I love these travel-friendly peels and use them regularly to keep my skin smooth and bright. Follow up the peel with a super-hydrating mask, like First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask. This oatmeal mask is fantastic at calming my skin post-flight and replenishing the moisture that disappeared into recycled air.
With any luck, you will arrive with your skin bright, refreshed and ready for whatever new adventure is ahead. And if a zit happens to pop up on day three of your trip… well, FaceTune exists for a reason*. Products
- Cleansing Wipes – Lumene Gentle Cleansing Wipes or Stila Ready for Take Off Cleansing Wipes
- Gentle Face Cleanser – First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser or Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
- Moisturizer – First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
- Thermal Water Spray – Avene eau Thermale Spring Water
- Water Bottle – BKR 500mL Glass Water Bottle
- Exfoliating Peel – Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Treatments
- Hydrating Mask – First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask
*Kidding! FaceTune does actually exist, but the occasional blemish is a part of life, non? Try zapping it with Clinique’s Acne Solutions Spot Treatment instead, and remember what Lorde told us: Flaws are okay.