I am over the moon excited to be meeting my college roommate this Friday for a girlfriends’ weekend. We have a tradition of taking an annual “roomie” trip, but I bailed last year because I was pregnant and uncomfortable and, let’s face it, I couldn’t drink wine. So to make up for lost time, we are going all out at the Camelback Inn Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. But first, I’ve got to get there. This entails waking up at an ungodly hour on Friday morning to catch a flight in Richmond, change planes in Houston, and be in Phoenix by noon. The last time I flew, my skin took a beating from the cabin air and I experienced breakouts for days. Determined not to have this happen again, I’ve researched a few travel skincare tips you can keep in your back pocket the next time you catch a flight:
1. Exfoliate the night before your trip. Climbing to 32,000 feet with a fresh face is essential to stop break outs before they happen. I am a long-time fan of Rodan and Fields Deep Exfoliating Wash. For a cheaper version, try St. Ives Blemish Control Scrub.
2.Water, water, water. Studies show that filtered cabin air soaks up moisture 50% faster than regular air, so run to the first airport store you see after going through security, buy a great big bottle of agua and start sipping. You’ll recover faster from your long flight and your skin will thank you.
3. Go easy on the makeup. When I flew in May for my brother’s wedding, I noticed my face getting shiny, and kept reapplying make-up. That was the worst thing I could do to my skin! This time around, I’m lightening up with just foundation, highlighter, and a bit of mascara. Arbonne boasts a completely natural liquid foundation that comes in more than a dozen colors and contains SPF 15.
4. Don’t forget travel-size hand cream and lip balm. This seems self-explanatory, but I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve flown without lotion. Big no no. I love the very subtle fragrance of Beeswax Hand Cream from Savannah Bee Company. Their Tupelo Honey Lip Balm is also dreamy. For a more easily accessible option, Lubriderm Advanced comes in a handy travel size.
5. Take a shower as soon as you arrive at your destination. Even if you feel you fared pretty well along your journey, climbing in a hot shower is what you need. Do I have to have a scientific reason for that?
Can’t wait to share the Camelback Inn with you!