We all know what it feels like to travel for the holidays—nurturing for soul to be reunited with loved ones, but harsh on the skin and hair because of planes, trains, and weather.
The travel portion of the holidays alone can be difficult—dried-out skin from flying, red eyes from reading books or watching movies on the train ride, or swollen faces from plane altitude .
And then the after-travel part adds on further complications—hard water in the hotel shower, dehydrating drinks at the family reunion, or the old-school products in your family’s shower.
This holiday season, be prepared with a beauty regimen that allows you to have a good time at home while maintaining healthy skin and hair! Here are some quick tips to help bolster your beauty while you brave holiday travel issues. I’ve compiled these top recommendations both WebMD and PopSugar.
1. Slather Up the Night Before
When it comes to your skin, the night before you board a plane is just as important as how you manage your skin during the flight. “Apply intense moisturizer the night before you are going to fly. This will help increase hydration in your skin before you’re exposed to the dehydrating effects of cabin pressure,” says Risi-Leanne Baranza, editor in chief of Palacinka.com, a beauty and spa industry publication.
2. Mist Your Face In-Flight
Both WebMD and PopSugar say that face-misting is a great way to keep skin hydrated and non-flaky during travel. We recommend Dermalogica’s Ultra Calming Mist (for sensitive skin) or the Anti-oxidant Hydramist.
3. Window Seat? SPF is a MUST!
“While flying at high altitudes, you are closer to the sun’s harmful rays especially if you’re in the window seat. In fact, pilots count a higher risk of skin cancer as an occupational hazard (now airlines use sun shields in the cockpit to protect the pilots from sun exposure). You should consider sunscreen a requirement for flying,” says Jessica Cruel of PopSugar. There are great options for you in the Dermalogica line when it comes to SPF moisturizers. You can always swing by and ask one of our estiticians which product is right for your skin!
4. Fight Against Altitude Radiation
These days, pilots are exposed to more radiation than even nuclear-plant workers due to the higher radiation levels that exist in high altitude/latitude spaces in the sky. Pilot Anne Schroeder suggests: “As an occasional traveler, you can temper the radiation in the plane by stocking up on antioxidant-rich snacks. Sip green tea during the flight, and opt for a kale salad and fruit over the in-flight pretzels. You can also find skin care products rich in vitamins A, C, and E. If you can, fly at night.” We’d suggest carrying-on Dermalogica’s Multi-Vitamin Power Firm Serum as a way to stock your skin full of vitamins before you board the plane.
5. Ditch the Long-Wear Lipstick
“To give lips color that will last through your trip, skip the long-lasting lipsticks — they’ll only dehydrate and parch your mouth. Instead,” celebrity makeup artist AJ Crimson says, “color your lips with several coats of a lip stain, let dry, then top with a clear gloss. Reapply the gloss throughout the trip and your lips will look ‘just-made-up’ fresh.” Flight attendant Danielle Easton also adds that to throw on “a medicated lip balm, because it won’t rub your lipstick off and it keeps lips hydrated while flying.”
6. Drink Up
Most of the time, we forget that while putting products on our skin is helpful to maintain health and hydrating, simply putting hydration in our body can help even more! Make sure to drink double the amount of water you usually would on the ground during your flight. This helps your skin and body hydrated and less puffy. ”I try to drink at least a liter for every six hours of flying,” flight attendant Felicia Rohan says.
7. Refresh your Eyes
Watching back-to-back in-flight movies, or reading that paperback novel cover to cover, can also cause you to arrive at your destination with red, watery, not-so-attractive eyes. To avoid it, Los Angeles image consultant Allison Dickson, founder of TheA-List.com, says don’t forget to bring eyedrops. “They will lubricate and soothe eyes if you’re reading or watching a movie, and refresh and wake up your eyes if you nap,” she says.
8. Hands Off Your Face!
To minimize breakouts while you’re on vacation, dermatologist Erin Welch, MD, says to avoid touching your skin while you travel. “You can pick up any number of unknown bacteria that can result in any number of skin problems after you arrive,” says Welch, a professor of dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. If you’re going to apply makeup while you’re in transit, Welch says use an antibacterial hand wash on your hands first to further protect your skin.
9. Don’t Apply Your Mascara Until you Reach Your Destination
“Avoid wearing mascara while traveling,” says the Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown.”If I take a little nap, I wake up and find the mascara has left a migratory trail down to my cheeks.” She also suggests skipping cream eye shadows, which have a tendency to move around on your face as you snooze.
10. Maintain Static-Free Hair
Sitting in plane and train seats for extended periods of time can reap high-voltage consequences for your hair. The best way to protect against the static? A big silk scarf to tie up your hair and/or a boar-bristle brush. Boar bristles protect against static and a big scarf will minimize the static created while you sleep.
We hope these travel tips help you stay gorgeous while you travel. Everyone stay safe and have a happy holiday!
Merry Weekend everyone!
Ashley Gorman, your weekend web-gal