Spending time with friends and family during the holidays often means flying across the country to get to them. Long lines, dirty airports and even dirtier airplane air can leave one looking less than cheery. So we reached out to Sephora Beauty expert Emily Massa, who gave us her tips on keeping our skin looking its best no matter where we end up on Christmas Day.
Massa says that when traveling, your skin becomes extremely dehydrated from the airports, airplanes, hotels, and more.
"It's really important to stay super hydrated while traveling,” she says. “You may also experience a breakout or two. This is due to the change in environment and stress. Even if we love to travel and find it relaxing and not stressful, it's extremely stressful on our skin.”
Tips for keeping skin looking its best:
1. Start your travel day with a good wash and exfoliation ( she recommends L'Occitane Brightening Smoothing Exfoliator
). This will remove all the dead skin cells from the surface allowing your products to work more effectively.
3.Don't forget to moisturize your lips and body. The Fresh Wish Gift set
is perfect for this as it includes the Fresh Sugar Lip treatment and the Brown Sugar Body Cream. “I recommend wearing a lightweight foundation the day of travel such as a tinted moisturizer (Laura Mercier),” Massa says. “This allows your skin to breathe and remain hydrated.” Massa also says to avoid powders as they tend to absorb extra moisture on the skin.
4.While en route, it's great to mist with a hydrating elixir to keep the skin fresh and moisturized. “The Caudalie Beauty Elixir
is perfect for this,” Massa says. “It's hydrating , refreshing, and aromatic.”
5. And when you finally reach your destination, don’t forget to wash your face using a creamy cleanser that won't leave your skin feeling stripped. And if you have time, it’s great to relax for a bit with a hydrating mask, like the Cosmedicine Mega Moisture Mask
. After 10-15 minutes, remove the mask and apply your hydrating serum and moisturizer.
Now if it were only as easy to control our wacky relatives as it is to get our skin in line. Oh, the holidays.
Published at 10:00 AM CST on Dec 24, 2009