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Airplane Strategies - Part 1

July 09, 2019

Airplane Strategies - Part 1

Get your Travel Glow On With Natalie

This month at IO, we focus on your travel wellness. In this two-part blog, IO esthetician Natalie and IO massage therapist Kelly (both travel pros) share their favorite strategies for travel skin and body.


With vacationing (and business!) comes travel. If flying for pleasure or business, you might be wondering how to take your glow with you - and feel great - from take-off to landing… and beyond. With the right strategies, it’s not as hard as you think. 

Preflight preparation.
HYDRATE! Drink lots of water. Recirculated air on plane trips and even long car rides can be dehydrating, making you feel and look even more tired. Step up your water intake before, during and after your travel time.

Start with protective and nourishing serums and masks.
Often, we need a little extra when traveling. Especially for those of us who always run dry or are on long-haul flights. If that’s the case we suggest upping your serum game or even applying a thin, undetectable layer of a hydrating mask. Our number one go-to is In Fiore Sauvetage. It’s a heavy-hitting serum that is both anti-inflammatory and rich, which is the perfect antidote for travel stress and dehydration. Another favorite is Arcona’s Wine Hydrating Mask. Its high level of antioxidants and humectants will protect and treat your skin for your travels.

Mist is a must, especially when it’s Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator.
One of the biggest misconceptions about hydration in skin care is that by wetting our skin we make it more hydrated. That could not be further from the truth, seeing as the outer layers of the skin don’t actually hold water.  This is why moisturizing is a crucial step after cleansing and why plain water mists, when used on their own, are not effective in hydrating the skin. Enter Josh Rosebrook, Hydrating Accelerator. It’s water-less formula is a synergy of humectants, oils, and herbal compounds which work to nourish and fortify the skin while increasing hydration. Bonus: the travel-size spray tucks nicely into a tote or carry-on.

Save the mineral sunscreen (and makeup) ‘til landing.
Ok, this might be the ONLY time an esthetician will tell you not to wear sunscreen, but it’s for a good reason. Mineral-based sunscreens (the ones which we consider natural) are amazing but they can, unfortunately, pull oil from the skin which can cause dryness. For the day-to-day this isn’t so much of a problem, but in unusually dry conditions such as airplanes, we need all the help we can get. Unless you’re committed to a window seat with the shade open, it’s best to hold off on applying your sunscreen until landing (maybe after spritzing that Hydrating Accelerator, wink wink). 

Putting it all together.
Layering will be your strategic play here for avoiding water loss on your skin during traveling. On your freshly cleaned skin, first layer your serum or mask, spritz your Hydrating Accelerator, and complete your makeup routing.  Mid-air, spritz again whenever you feel the urge, and keep your mineral sunscreen (or touch-up makeup) in your bag for when you arrive at your destination.

Bon Voyage!

... Next week look for Part 2 of this Blog: Focus on the Body ---


Natalie B is an esthetician in IO San Francisco. She found her way into the world of holistic skincare through her obsession with skin disorders, specifically her own acne and rosacea. Natalie believes that the ritual of skin care should be a pleasurable one and takes joy in building effective and individually tailored programs in spa, at home, and on the road.