I’m BACKKK! I just got back from 10 days in France with KB and my Clarins USA fam. It was an absolute dream and a much needed escape from LA. But after that 12 hour flight back to LA, I’m definitely happy to be home. A long flight is definitely no walk in the park, from the swollen feet, to not being able to sleep on the flight, to my biggest nightmare– the dehydrated, jet lagged skin. Did you know airplanes are consistently recycling the same air with humidity levels as low as 10-15%? That’s three times drier than a desert!! So if you have big travel plans coming up, I’ve got you covered with five tips to help your skin bounce back ASAP!
1. START FROM THE INSIDE
Your skin feels super dry after a long flight because your body has lost a ton of water! The best thing you can do the second you get off a flight is to hydrate. You may feel like you need a glass of wine after a stressful flight, but you should definitely drink that water first! I swear by my Swell water bottle to help me hydrate. I also like to drink a lot of herbal tea (chamomile is my favorite) or supplement my water with some electrolyte tablets to help replenish my body more quickly!
2. CLEANSE RIGHT AWAY
Right when you get home it’s super important to wash your face (I always jump in the shower.) Because your skin is so dry, I recommend using a hydrating cleanser that doesn’t foam. One of my favorites is the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, which will gently remove all the dirt off your face without drying the skin. Another mild cleanser I like is the Drunk Elephant Jelly Cleanser. It has a clear gel-like consistency and is fragrance free, so it’s also super gentle on the skin.
3. CHOOSE HYDRATING PRODUCTS
After cleansing, I like to use a toner without alcohols. Two that I would recommend are the Clarins Toning Lotion with Chamomile or the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner. After, I follow up with a serum (loving the Clarins Double Serum). Next, I use a hydrating moisturizer like the Dermalogica Active Moist or the Glow Recipe Watermelon Pink Juice Moisturizer. Both are very lightweight, oil free and great for restoring moisture to the skin!
4. FOCUS ON LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE
By now you guys know I’m obsessed with with my facial tools (three of my favorites explained here). I always travel with my jade roller and definitely use it after I cleanse and apply serum. It helps with lymphatic drainage and getting rid of that post-flight puffiness. Using it after you apply a serum or moisturizer will help the products penetrate deeper into your skin. If you feel a breakout coming on or that your skin is inflamed at all, an ice roller is also a good tool to use!
5. CATCH UP ON SLEEP
And lastly, the best thing you can do for you skin is to catch up on sleep. The lack of sleep from a long flight is probably taking a major toll on your body and your skin. For the next few days try and get your beauty sleep, literally. Fight dry skin while you sleep with an overnight mask. I like the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask or the Origins Drink Up Overnight Mask, if you aren’t big on the watermelon scent. To make sure the mask lasts all night without being absorbed into your pillow, I recommend sleeping with a silk pillow case!
I know the struggle is real with post-travel skin issues, but a lot of these tips are great for dry skin in general! What are your favorite products for dry skin?