Daily Skin Care: From Pre-Flight to Puerto Rico.

I take my skin care ritual before the flight very, very seriously. Here’s how to keep my skin clear and bright, no matter how early the flight or the hot weather.


8:00 pm.

I have a 6am flight, which means I should be full, relaxed and ready to go. But (alert spoiler!) I’m not: which means I’m struggling, emphasizing, and therefore not ready.

In a concerted effort to lower cortisol levels and prevent an annoying pimple from appearing just before the holidays, jump in the shower. Clean, of course, then exfoliate from head to toe. Marinate my limbs in Super Rich Olive Body Lotion and make a mental note to decant some Summer Shine Body Lotion (I go to Puerto Rico, after all). Slap on Enzyme Revitalizing Mask, because, Puerto Rico.

And the packing begins.


3:30 a.m.

I’m not a morning person. But I am a responsible adult who is obediently committed to his pre-flight skin care routine, so after silencing five alarms, I forced myself out of bed and into the bathroom.

On the days of travel, I changed my usual gel cleanser to a creamy one. The cabin air is extremely dehydrating, so the goal is to maintain as much moisture and dew-point as possible. Seaweed cleansing soap is the usual. It smells divine – like the beach – and although that advantage would have been a determining factor in my youth as a measure of a “good” product, now I am wiser hair. I give my skin a generous spray of Facial Aerosol, apply a few drops of Vitamin C Serum, then the Night Cream of Algae layer on top. Stay with me here: yes, it’s tomorrow, but I’m out of here for the sake of keeping a glow from boarding to landing. It is oil free (which is perfect for oily skin or prone to breakage) but still rich enough to keep me covered with dew for the next few hours.

There is no make-up for me, just another liberal who hails for good measure. I guzzle a liter or so of water before going out the door.

6:10 a.m.

Delayed boarding, what else is new? My brother (did I mention this was a family vacation? Well, it is.) It gives me big side of eyes as I clean both our seats and tray tables … so make a mental note to keep on regimen Skin care in flight to a minimum. Luckily for him, my non-traditional moisturizer method keeps my skin happy and I’m too captivated by the beauty and the beast to check my skin.

08:30 am.

The furniture and cutlery are fighting the people of the village now! (Still in beauty and the beast). I ordered water at least four times since the appetizer carts started rolling, so the stewardess gives me only a whole bottle of water.

Good skin care is half the battle when it comes to keeping the skin in tip-top shape when traveling. The other? Stay hydrated.

1:30 p.m.

Hello, San Juan! Although you are a gray to my taste, I love you and your palms. What I do not love, though, is having to wait for my room because all I want to do after the flight is shower and wash my face.

So while my skin care is in my suitcase, which is held hostage in the concierge, my mom, dad, brother and I wander the streets of Puerto Rico in search of food. That is easy-line restaurants down the streets of Condado Square.

5:10 p.m.

We have our room keys-wow! I practically ruin my suitcase from the buttons’ hands and walk to the elevator. I’ve been marinated in sweat and sweat (my plane suit of choice) for the last few hours and all I want is to swap everything for a sarong and sandals.

5:30 pm.

Do you know when you just knew when your skin is about to explode? (I blame the crazy explosion of heat and humidity along with annoyance of having to wait so far for our rooms.)

Get to the drying mask and do not look back. I even get my brother masked with me. So, as we sat down, masked and cooled before dinner, I unzipped and aligned my Mario minis along the bathroom counter. Facial Spray goes to the fridge, of course.


7:30 am.

Not a shin in sight of me or brother-and we went on the mofongo and tostones at dinner last night.

Moral of the story? Always travel with the drying mask, just in case.

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Author: Kimberly Yang

I believe that these truths are obvious, that skin care is paramount, that green tea is everything and that the Internet rules are all (Gen-Y’s typical philosophy, if it was not programmed, it never happened).
Also relevant: writer, content creator, national sales director Mario Badescu.
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