Stephanie Maxwell's Skin-Saving Tip List

Originally published at Taigan fetch, February 18th, 2010

Wherever your travels may take you during this resort season, it’s crucial to prep your skin beforehand for what it might encounter. So before boarding that plane, start training your skin by incorporating hydrating facials and deep-cleansing treatments into your beauty regimen. If you know you’ll be in the sun, avoid highly concentrated vitamin C products, abrasive exfoliation, and photosensitizing ingredients.

We all know air travel can wreak havoc on skin. David Kirsh’s Vitamin/Mineral Super Juice packets are great for hydration on long flights and so convenient to carry. I keep several in my bag and add one to a bottle of water on the plane instead of drinking soda or alcohol.

For external hydration, I recommend Journee Bio-Restorative Day Cream, which provides UVA and UVB protection, and Lumiere Bio-Restorative Eye Cream by Neocutis, to reduce puffiness. Both are as essential as your boarding pass.

I also like to bring along items that not only fight dry air, but those pesky cold or flu causing germs as well. The Jao Mini Flight Rescue Pak is skinny enough to slide into a jacket pocket or purse and comes in its own flight-approved zip-seal bag so there’s no hassle getting through security. The Pak includes a week’s supply of a facial moisturizer, a shea-butter-based lip balm, and a 2-ounce bottle of hand sanitizer and refresher so that you don’t pick up more than your luggage at the end of your flight!

If you are planning a trip to sunny climes, a beach-bag must is the Detangle Nourishment Spray from Neil George. It contains an all-important UV protectant and is infused with jojoba and calendula to condition. I also love the Neil George Indian Gooseberry Treatment Oil for super shiny, silky hair. It’s terrific in a cold, dry climate, but also combats the devastating effects of sun, salt, and chlorine after a day at the pool or beach.

Safe travels!

Stephanie Maxwell is owner of Nashville’s Maxwell Aesthetics and writes frequently about topics related to beauty and skin.

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