Clarisonics and Aeroplanes

Anonymous wondered what the difference between the 3-speed and the Pro Clarisonics is.  She also wanted to know some skincare tips to employ when traveling through the air.

The Clarisonic Pro is the one with 3 Speeds.  The Classic only has 2.

For airplane travel, definitely start out by upping your water intake two to three days before you start traveling. On the plane, skip the soda and make sure to drink at least a glass (or one of those dinky plastic cups they give you that always spills…) of water every hour, at least.

The morning of your departure, take a warm shower, and pat yourself dry rather than rubbing.  This will help your skin remain moist for a bit longer.  If you have time, apply a hydrating mask for five minutes. If not (or afterwards), apply a heavy, rich moisturiser (or preferably, a balm) while your skin is still damp and porous, and let it absorb for a good ten minutes, then blot your face with a tissue.  Apply a silicone primer to lock in the moisture, and if your skin can handle it, apply a sheer cream foundation, which will be much less likely to dry out your skin than other formulations.  Blend a cream blush onto your cheeks, and set lightly with a tiny bit of translucent powder.

If you can get it past airport security (not sure what the current regulations are…) bring a rich, multitasking balm on the plane with you.  My favorite is CO Bigelow’s Rose Salve.  It works wonders on lips, but can also be applied sheerly on cheeks, cuticles, elbows, or other areas that tend to get dry.  Applied on the top of the cheekbones, it can actually act as a fantastic, glossy highlighter, and reverses moisture loss like no other.

If you want, bring a refreshing facial mist in your bag.  I like the Aveda Botanical Kinetics Toning Mist, but if you don’t want to spend the money, a cheap, fantastic alternative is to brew up some strong green tea (organic if you can; none of that prebrewed Lipton stuff that has more sugar and chemicals in it than tea) and place it in a spritzer bottle. Add a few drops of vegetable glycerin, shake well, and chill overnight.  Whenever your skin starts to feel tight, hold the bottle six inches away from your face and spritz away.  Just don’t overdo it, or you could end up melting your makeup right off.

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