Thursday, March 18th, 2010

I love, love, love Renée Rouleau.  She really is one of my favorite skincare experts, so I always love to read her tips.  (Like sometimes I want to travel to Texas just to visit her spa.) Recently, she sent over these tips to share with Temptalia readers, and we could all use more beauty tips in our lives, right?  I don’t think there is a such thing as too many beauty tips…

Skincare Tips:  Travel & Your Skin

Have you recently flown or are you planning on taking a vacation in the near future? Worried about the airplane giving your skin trouble? Skin Care Expert & Licensed Celebrity Esthetician, Renée Rouleau offers helpful tips to keep skin healthy and balanced before, during and after taking flight.

The cabins of airplanes have extremely low humidity, which will cause skin to get extremely dehydrated (lack of water). They dry air looks for moisture where it can get it and that means robbing it right from your skin! Dry skin will become drier, but did you know that oily skin will get even oilier when flying on a plane? When the skin has no water, it attempts to compensate for the dehydration by producing more oil—which is the last thing that oily skin needs. But for dry skins that have no oil glands, the skin will be depleted of its water content.

Bottom line: Airplanes can wreak havoc on the skin!

Here are a few helpful tips from Renée Rouleau to help maintain gorgeous & glowing skin, before, during and after flying in an airplane.


Use a skin serum under sunscreen
Since the cabin of airplanes have low humidity, you must load your skin up with as much hydration and protection as possible. Apply a skin serum under sunscreen to deliver moisture deep within the layers of the skin while providing an occlusive seal to help the skin retain its moisture. Look for serums using ingredients like Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone and Hyaluronic Acid. Renée Rouleau Intensive Firming Serum uses these ingredients and is ideal while flying.

Make sure to apply sunscreen over skin serum
Did you know that when you are in an airplane, you’re closer to the sun so UV damage is at its greatest? The windows on an airplane don’t filter out damaging UV rays, so even though you are not in direct sunlight, you are still exposed to the harmful rays. And we all know, UV rays = skin aging and wrinkles. Wear a minimum of SPF #15 on the face, neck and sides of the neck. Also, foundation makeup containing SPF is not enough. The sunscreen must be built into your moisturizer.


Choose aisle over window seats when flying in an airplane (and shut the shade).
Not only are you getting massive amounts of sun exposure since you’re closer to the sun, but when sitting in the window seat, you’re subjecting your skin to more UV rays. If you do have a window seat, just shut the shade!

Do NOT mist your skin with a hydrating spray.
For years, skin care experts have suggested to mist your skin with a hydrating spray to keep it moist. This is a no-no, for sure! The worst thing you can do is spray those misters on the skin. Why? Since the air is so dry, it looks for water wherever it can get it and since water attracts water, when you spray the skin it takes all the water from the deep layers in the skin and gets evaporated into the dry air! The result is even drier skin. Your best bet is to leave the skin as is.

Drink plenty of water.
It’s always beneficial to keep your body hydrated while flying, so drinking plenty of water is important. While it doesn’t benefit the skin as much as you would think, it’s still important for your body.


Use a mild facial scrub.
When arriving at your destination (hotel, home or other), cleanse your skin and use a mild facial scrub to remove surface dry skin cells caused from flying. Be sure to avoid facial scrubs containing natural grains such as apricot kernels, walnut husks and almonds as the sharp edges can scratch and irritate the skin. Instead, use scrubs containing polyethylene, jojoba beads or micro-beadlets. Try Renée Rouleau Micro Crystal Cream.

Treat your skin to a hydrating mask post-flight.
After exfoliating with a facial scrub, it’s important to add back essential hydration and brighten the skin from post-flight dullness. Renée Rouleau prefers gel masks because they have the highest water content. Renée Rouleau Azulene Gel Mask is both calming and deeply hydrating to ensure your skin gets the moisture it needs. It feels so cool and refreshing on the skin after traveling. Leave on 15 minutes, rinse well and apply moisturizer.

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10 thoughts on “Skincare Tips: Travel & Your Skin with Renee Rouleau

  1. TG

    Good tips, but I have to fly soon and the last thing I will be doing is drinking a lot of water on the plane. Who wants to use those disgusting bathrooms?!

  2. great tips! Will definitely take advantage of them!

  3. MakeupGalore--Abbie

    I already live in a dry climate so water is the best thing for your skin let alone your body. I drink tons of water before the flight and hit the restrooms as many times as possible before the plane leaves. TG you are right Yuk!! on the bathrooms.

  4. Ilianna

    I always make sure to bring a fully loaded 3 oz bottle of lotion and apply it religiously throughout my flight. I have extremely dry skin (eczema) and airplane flights leave me dry and itchy for days afterwards

  5. These are great tips. I will be flying on Saturday, and I will definitely be using these tips to keep my skin moisturized and glowing.

  6. SP

    Renee’s skin and makeup look gorgeous in the photo. What is she wearing? Thanks!

  7. Thank you for sharing my skin care tips to your readers!!!
    -Renee Rouleau
    Dallas, TX

    • Sunshine

      Thank you so very much Renee and Christine! These tips are awesome! Loved the Clarisonic tips you shared earlier. Would you please suggest something for hair during travel, Renee? Is it also a no-no to spray water on your hair in the airplane? I usually spend two and a half days traveling to Europe all the way from Hawaii. Almost two thirds of that time is inside airplanes, the rest is inside airports waiting for connecting flights. And many hours on a train to my final destination after arrival. People love making conversations in the train but I just start snoozing as soon as that comforting swinging of a moving train begins, the best sleep ever :) It is so true, skin reacts in a very unusual manner the next day upon arrival. I always admire celebrities who seem to arrive as fresh as they started. They must be following all your wonderful tips, Renee :))

  8. Minerva Graham

    Travelling does tend in leading your skin to a dangerous situation. Also lifestyle patterns play an important role. I have received a list of suggestions of products that I can use from based on recommendations of people who travel a lot. I’ll let you know as soon as I find something really effective.

  9. airplane skin

    I travel a lot between the USA and South Africa (very long flights), and on my most recent trip I bought the Shielo Hydrate Refreshing Mist at duty free to see if it helps with the beating my skin takes from the dry airplane air. It was great, and every time I used it I felt refreshed. It is also so easy to apply, I just did it right there in my seat and didn’t even have to get up. Since I got back, I’ve kept on using it, because my skin feels super soft, and I’m now looking into buying the rest of the Shielo skin series.