Hydrate: It's probably the single most repeated bit of travel beauty advice. If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times—airplane cabins suck the moisture out of your skin and if you want to look dewy and refreshed when you land (or at least not exhausted and pasty), drink a lot of water and slather on the moisturizer with a liberal hand. But may we suggest another weapon in your fight against parched skin: sheet masks.
Stale air does more than suck the moisture from your complexion: It can cause your skin to freak out completely. According to New York City-based dermatologist Jessica Weiser, "dry air can superficially dehydrate skin, which can cause a rebound increase in oil gland production, leading to clogged pores and additional acne breakouts."
Sheet masks can't do much to protect you from your seat-mate's gross cough, but they can counter that shriveled-skin feeling. They “create a barrier that seals moisture into skin,” says dermatologist Jeannette Graf. They also help drive in potent ingredients, effectively steeping skin in moisture. "Their active ingredients typically have a small particle size and are able to penetrate the skin surface to hydrate and plump skin cells," Weiser explains.
All well and good, but sheet masks—notoriously drippy and freaky-looking—aren't exactly a quick and easy thing. So how should you integrate one into your travel schedule? "They can get pretty messy, so it's best if you can recline when they're on," advises New York City-based dermatologist and Mt. Sinai clinical assistant professor Valerie Goldburt. "If you are taking a flight where you can lie down, like a long business class flight, do it then. You could also do one before boarding the flight at the airport. You don't need to wash your face after, so you'll continue to be hydrated during the flight," she says.
Look for masks with moisturizering ingredients, like glycerin or hyaluronic acid (likeHada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask, Karuna Luxe Skin Regenerating Face Mask, and Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Treatment Mask). Goldburt also suggests ones with soothing allantoin (try Dr. Jart+ Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask) or glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that gives skin a quick kick of exfoliation. “Because they're not in contact with your skin for very long, masks can use a higher amount of AHAs than other topicals,” says cosmetic chemist Randy Schueller. “You get a glow—without any irritation.”
Pro tip: Stash a few extra cotton balls in your makeup bag to soak up the extra serum and dab it over your neck and chest for an extra boost, then leave the sheet on for 20 to 30 minutes. Sure, you may garner some side eye, but flip down the eye flaps, like the ones on DHC's Alpha-Arbutin White Mask, and tune out.
Did you try on in-flight sheet mask this weekend? Any weird looks? Did you feel fresh at the arrivals gate? Tell us your experience in the comments, or Tweet me @anneolivia414!
[By Anne Bauso] [Read More] [From Allure] [Image From vivrantbeauty.com]