Glamorous jet setting has an unsavory underbelly. It’s called jet lag, that onerous state of zombie-ism in which you feel wedged between time zones—awake and asleep simultaneously. While a dose of sunshine, exercise and sleep help most people adapt to their new surroundings enough to enjoy their vacation, our skin may still bear the consequences of that long flight. Recirculated air, cabins with just 20% percent humidity, reduced oxygen circulation (which activates the stress hormone cortisol), UV exposure, lack of sleep, and a change in diet combine to contribute to the malaise. condition that can take days to remedy—if not more. While hydrating, moisturizing and enough rest support the healing process, jet lagged skin’s effects can linger.
Luckily for our skin, Daphne Chapman, a 25 year plus master esthetician created Airo Skincare, an acclaimed new product line designed specifically to counteract the effects of long haul flights and travel’s ill effects on our skin. As a passionate traveler, the beauty expert, who has been obsessed with skincare since she was a teenager, noticed that she could tell when her clients had been traveling by just looking at their skin. “Their dull, dehydrated visage gave it away,” she said, noting that people also tend to forget their routines while on the road, even reaching for soaps, shampoos and lotions offered by the hotel instead or simply skipping steps they wouldn’t at home.
That’s where Airo comes in. A full-scaled product line that offers everything from masks to serums to mists, plant-based Airo does wonders for travel wrought skin. Choose the signature plant-based Globetrotter Kit ($142). It includes a face serum boosted apple stem cells, a Joshua tree and prickly pear-packed hydrating mist for the face, an anti-puff eye serum made with licorice root, and a wildcrafted, African shea butter lip treatment. Those traveling to the beach can opt for The Se Beach Bum Kit ($142), which features four marine-based apres sun warriors: a toning mist, a cooling eye gel, a hydrating serum and a lip treatment. Both sets come neatly packed in a chic travel bag. For speedy skin recovery, smear on the super popular Airo Jetsetter Recovery Mask, best applied before bedtime ($56), and don’t forget to pack the brightening Airo Exfoliating Cleanser ($42). airoskincare.com
Note: Travelers to San Antonio can find Airo in their rooms and at the spa at The Thompson San Antonio.
Some Other Jet Setter Beauty Helpers
Saje Mindful Pocket Farmacy Essential Oil Kit for Emotional Wellness
A new twist on Saje’s flagship Pocket Farmacy, Mindful Pocket Farmacy helps keep you centered even on the most stressful travel days. The packet of five essential oils includes three exclusive new blends, alongside two cult-favorites. Enhance your mood and seek tranquility with oil blends that target confidence and empowerment, reflection and grounding, connection and heart warmth, energy and vitality and calming and unwinding. $65 saje.com
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream and Charlotte Tilbury Cryo-Recovery Eye Serum
Two new products from ever innovative British celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury promise instant skin repair while on the road—and at. Home. Charlotte’s Magic Cream, an award-winning, best selling moisturizer composed from a matrix of oils, has long been beloved for the instant glow it gave super models faces before a fashion show. Just launched, that same formula has been tweaked to soothe and smooth the skin on our bodies. Hello smooth arms and legs! $65 Don’t arrive to your five star hotel with puffy eyes. Charlotte Tilbury Cryo-Recovery Eye Serum. supercharged with an anti-aging complex including Vin-Uplift, Ice Awake and Charlotte’s signature peptide fusion, Replexium instantly revitalizes tired all night airplane eyes. Brighten and depuff with its skin-cooling cryo-tip. $68 CharlotteTilbury.com
ARAMORE NAD+ Cell Energizing Lotion – AM/PM
NAD+, an essential and beneficial molecule needed for energy metabolism and overall cellular function declines with age. A lack of it can result in dehydrated skin, wrinkles, dark spots and beyond. Perfect for travelers Aramore has released a line of highly researched NAD+ products, including NAD+ Cell Energizing Lotion – AM/PM. The light weight lotion combines proprietary NAD+ technology with nature’s most potent botanicals plumping, firming results—a boon for with jet lagged skin. $150 aramoreskincare.com