As a former acne sufferer and person with acne prone skin, I can tell you that travel, let alone holiday travel, can be a harrowing experience. Air travel depletes moisture from the skin and exposes skin to various environmental stressors. The dehydrating effect won’t be particularly noticeable from the outside because acne prone skin will produce more oil to compensate for the loss of moisture. Excess oil is not necessarily a good thing in this case.
I don’t know about you, but my already oily complexion doesn’t care for additional oil. Additional oil with no where to go can exasperate your acne conditions. However, with a little care a few days before, you can mitigate many of these circumstances, allowing your skin to bounce back with little to no long term consequences.
Number one: Begin bumping up your probiotic intake a week before you travel. This will help keep your microbiome in tact so that your immunity is strong. A happy gut will help keep things moving along so that you can properly remove waste and buildup even while traveling and eating poorly. Why is this important? A properly working gut and detoxification system will ensure that waste is eliminated through your bowels, urine and sweat and not through your skin!
Next, perform a mini facial the night before your travel. Use a light fruit acid peel after you cleanse to remove any dead skin cells that would potentially build up and add to the extra oil produced once your in flight. You can try Rhonda Allison’s Derma Peel. Apply a thin layer to your skin and rub in circular motions until little balls form and the pell has lifted.
Next, use a mask to infuse moisture back into the skin. Try Rhonda Allison’s Grapeseed Parfait Mask. This creamy concoction feels like velvet on your skin. Finish off your pre-flight routine with this antioxidant rich drink for your skin. Yes, I like Rhonda Allison products…
Now, your ready to fly. Perform the same routine post-flight with an added focus on removing impurities accumulated while traveling as well adding moisture back in with a hydrating gel. A B5 serum is perfect for this job. Dermaquest makes a B5 serum that feels like silk.
Avoid touching your face and do this post flight routine as soon as you comfortably can. Your skin will thank you!
xoxo Acne Beautiful