Hi, I’m Abby, and I’m dedicated — maybe even obsessed — Skin Pharm patient. Skin Pharm products and procedures have completely changed my skin and streamlined my routine, because when your skin looks this great, you don’t need as much makeup! But more than anything, Skin Pharm has given me confidence in (literally) facing the world each day. I genuinely feel comfortable in my skin for the first time, and that’s why I’m a loyal Skin Pharm patient for life!
I turned 40 this year, and my primary skin concerns are anti-aging, pigmentation, and avoiding breakouts (if you had told 13-year-old Abby that she’d be fighting zits at 40, she would’ve locked herself in her bedroom). I travel a lot, so I’m often dealing with weird time zones, unpredictable schedules, and different water/air that my slightly sensitive skin has to adjust to. Maegan Griffin gave me some great tips for how to care for my skin when I’m on the road or in the air, so I want to share them with you.
Travel-sized bottles and where to stash them
First of all, make sure you buy quality travel-sized bottles for your products. I love this set because the squeezable bottles are easy to use, the bottles have a wide opening for easy filling, and the caps have no-drip valves, making these bottles truly spill-proof. These containers are perfect for your favorite Skin Pharm serums, creams and SPF as you only need to bring as much product as you need, making these an easy fit in your carry-on. You can fit several of these bottles into your TSA-approved ziplock bag.
Which brings me to my next tip: If possible, put your skin care products in your carry-on or your personal item that you bring on the plane rather than your checked luggage. I’m in Berlin, Germany right now, and it took 11 days for my checked luggage to arrive. That alone made me age about 10 years, so thank goodness I had all my favorite Skin Pharm products — see below — to calm my jet-lagged skin (and thank goodness I got Botox from Maegan right before I left Nashville). Additionally, if you’re traveling in extreme temperatures, it’s better to keep your skin care products from being exposed to very high or low temperatures, as that can break down the effectiveness of the powerful ingredients that treat your skin.
Skin care in the air
If you’re flying, be sure to stay hydrated, especially if you’re enjoying all the free booze on an international flight (guilty). It’s best to fly sans makeup, especially on long flights, and for extra care, Maegan suggested that I put Epionce’s Enriched Firming Mask on my cleansed face before the flight. My tired skin soaked up the entire mask, and upon landing, I splashed cold water on my face. My skin looked and felt nourished and refreshed, and I felt ready to face anything, even lost luggage.
My daily Skin Pharm routine
Each morning after exercising I use the Papaya Enzyme Purifying Cleanser. I’m not going to lie, I never put much thought into my actual skin cleanser before, as I figured it was more important to invest in serums or creams, but this cleanser is amazing for my combination, somewhat sensitive skin, and I now understand how important the right cleanser is for your skin type. After cleansing, I use the Clarifying Pads, which have been a lifesaver, especially on my current trip as the air is more humid than I expected. Back in Nashville, I only use these pads twice a week, but in Berlin I need them every day to keep breakouts away. My skin feels firmer and cleaner after I use them each morning.
Next, I use the peptide- and hyaluronic acid-packed Youth Serum. I was surprised by how much I love this product; I always thought I needed a heavier moisturizer in the morning, but this fast-absorbing serum gently hydrates my skin and creates a good base for my SPF, the Sheer Defense SPF. If I was only allowed to bring one product with me, it would be this universally-tinted sunscreen. I’ve been searching for the perfect tinted sunscreen for years, and this is the only one that doesn’t have a chalky finish, leaving me looking like a ghost. As I’m very fair and sunburn easily, this SPF gives me the protection I need (and as a good Skin Pharm patient, I never leave the house without SPF!). This formula reduces redness and has just a hint of tint, which means that I don’t need additional makeup.
At night, after I use the Papaya Cleanser, I alternate between the Antioxidant Boosting Serum to correct pigmentation and fight free radical damage, and the Retinol Drops, which combat fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots and melasma. I like that it’s a powerful retinol-based treatment that doesn’t irritate my skin. Following the serum, I use the Brightening Lotion, a lightweight moisturizer that promotes an even skin tone while fighting dullness. On nights when I need a little more hydration, I use the Biotherapy Cream, an intensely moisturizing cream with high performance ingredients like stem cells (from apples) and resveratrol. This cream is great if you’ve spent the day at the beach or on the mountains, or anywhere out in the elements.
I hope these tips are as helpful to you as they were to me. Safe travels!