At Last! How to Really Protect Your Skin While Traveling

As spring approaches, so too do the skin woes associated with seasonal shifts—all of which are compounded by inevitable spring travel. Whether skin is dehydrated, dull, or just plain irritated, Dr. Philippe Allouche has the fix. As Director of Innovation for Biologique Recherche, the high-tech Parisian skin-care brand whose products and treatments are found at the top spas around the world, Allouche knows secrets to glowing skin, no matter where you go.

 

1. You travel the globe meeting with clients and searching for new skin-care technologies. Tell me, what happens to skin during a flight?

When traveling, skin becomes dehydrated and dull due to climatic changes, long-haul flights, modifications in diet, additional stresses, etc. Pressurized airline cabins also contain less oxygen, which inhibits water retention and is damaging to skin. I always say you need a strict skincare routine to combat dehydration while on the road. Look for products that reduce sensitivity, and always use a moisturizer in-flight—not just a water-based formula, but one that also contains lipids, which provide elasticity and protect against water loss.

 

2.  What are the smartest things someone can do before, during, and after a flight to help protect skin?

Before: Prevention is key. Two weeks prior to travel, start incorporating serums into your skin-care regimen that are designed to prevent skin reactions.

During: Your in-flight ritual should be based on light exfoliation, powerful hydration, and protection. During long-haul flights, use a mild cleanser designed for sensitive skin. I always carry on Biologique Recherche L’Eauxygenante. It’s a facial spray that’s packed with antioxidants and oxygenating Vitamins A and C, extracted from Orange and Kiwi cells. I spritz this on my skin several times during a flight. I’ll also cover my face with a serum (again, one that’s designed for sensitive skin) to prevent irritation and moisturize the epidermis.

After: Once on the ground, use something that will gently exfoliate, hydrate, and protect. Always pack products that contain a strong concentration of anti-inflammatory active ingredients, plus sun protection. (Try Biologique Recherche’s P50V lotion, a gentler version of our P50 balancing exfoliator.)

 

3.  What’s the biggest skin-care mistake someone can make in-flight?

Flight attendants may offer you a warm towel to wipe your hands and face while airborne. I always tell clients not to use this on the face, since skin adversely reacts to heat, leading to an imbalance. Instead, ask for a cold towel to refresh, or use micellar water—a cult French product that removes makeup and cleanses the skin without having to rinse.

 

4. Any common misconceptions when it comes to skincare in the U.S.?

Extractions are very big in North America. Aestheticians frequently suggest that clients “clean” their pores before traveling. But flying at 30,000 feet in a dry atmosphere can cause bad reactions if your skin is recently extracted. Not to mention if you’re headed to a hot and humid climate, your skin may have trouble healing, which could worsen things. If extractions are vital to your routine, my advice is to schedule a treatment at least one month before traveling.

 

5. Your top five Biologique packing essentials?

Lait VIP O2: An anti-pollution facial cleanser that eliminates impurities, calms the epidermis, and unifies the complexion. It’s ideal for those headed to dry climates, or places with lots of pollution—and especially for frequent travelers with stressed, devitalized skin.

Lotion P50W: A gentle exfoliating lotion that helps to brighten, purify, tone, hydrate, and maintain the acid pH of the epidermis.

L’eauxygenante: A moisturizing, antioxidant, and oxygenating mist that stimulates the epidermis and envelops it in a protective veil.

Crème VIP 02: The ultimate hydrating cream, which contains an oxygenating complex to protect skin against pollution.

BioKiss: A soothing lip balm that moisturizes, revitalizes, and protects the lips from climatic aggressions.

 

6. What’s your No. 1 skincare secret?

Sleep!

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Balancing the skin gives the best results.


Name: Terri Lawton
Clients: Lena Dunham, Michelle Williams, Demi Moore

How does a person’s diet impact their skin?
“For my clients that are starting to see the effects of aging, I advise them to curb their sugar intake, including wine. They see a big difference in the skin’s luster and health, and we really see the skin start to perk up. We also do food-allergy testing on our clients. For some, detecting allergies (and avoiding those foods) has reduced problems.”

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned about skin care in your career?
“The biggest thing I have learned is that balancing the skin gives the best results. I personally don’t use strong chemicals and peels. Instead, I choose nourishing serums with high-quality ingredients.”

What are a few of your go-to products?
“Crème Dermo-RL by Biologique Recherche is great for skin that is dehydrated because it hydrates and is very nourishing.”
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What are the most important parts to a good at-home routine?
“A good routine includes a cleanser, toner (optional), a serum, an eye cream, a moisturizer for day and night, and a light sunblock for daytime.”

 

Unnecessary (Eye) Baggage via Into The Gloss

Enough eye bags can lead to actual emotional baggage. Especially once they start attracting attention (even if only one over-zealous coworker asks “Are you OK?” that is one too many). When not even Touche Éclat can spell out ‘I’M FINE’ under your eyes, it’s time to assess other options—besides some much needed R&R, because who has the time?

The Quick Fix
Makeup artist Tom Pecheux suggests a bottle of Biologique Recherche Serum Yall O2. Besides his claim that “their products smell like science,” this serum works double on puffy eyes and laugh lines. “After a few minutes, it softens the lines completely.”

The Vegetable
Fashion editor Azza Yousif has tried all the creams to combat tired eyes, but only one remedy works when times are desperate. “If I feel like they’re really puffy and dark, I’ll use sliced cucumbers from the freezer—they take the puffiness away,” she said. “I keep them on until the slices start to melt.”

The Tea Bag
But perhaps the most practical remedy serves both body and mind. Make yourself some tea, drink it, then save those tea bags and do as Teresa Palmer does. “If my eyes are still puffy after I clean my face with cold water, I’ll get caffeinated tea bags, soak them in water, freeze them, and take them out 15 minutes before I’m doing my makeup or getting it done for an event. You put the bags on your eyes, and the caffeine gets rid of the puffiness,” she told us in her Top Shelf. “Oh, my poor, puffy eyes.”

 

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