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Traveling and keeping your skin healthy

I have always wanted to travel to the West Coast of Canada so when the opportunity arose for me to visit beautiful Kelowna I jumped at the chance.  My packing ritual started 2 days prior- what clothes should I pack, what shoes J and of course all the skin care products I would need to keep my skin looking and feeling its best.

Dehydration is the biggest battle to fight when traveling; skin becomes dehydrated and dull due to climatic changes, long-haul flights, modifications in diet, additional stresses, etc.

Pressurized airline cabins also contain less oxygen, which inhibits water retention and is damaging to skin. I always tell my guests to stick to a strict skincare routine to combat dehydration while on the road. Always use a moisturizer in-flight—not just a water-based formula, but one that also contains lipids, which provide elasticity and protect against water loss, such as Guinot’s Continuous Nourishing and Protection Cream. I also love to use a sheet mask whilst flying, especially on long-haul flights Guinot’s, pro-collagen firming masks keeps me hydrated for even the longest journeys. Even if you start out moist and hydrated, if you don’t counteract the effects of the dry air, you will arrive at your destination parched and dull. Another great trick is to use a spritzer like Eminence’s Neroli Tonique to use whenever your skin is feeling dry and tight.

Prep your skin and get a head start prior to your trip – book a facial a few days before jetting off, this is the moment to reduce fine lines, boost hydration, and make skin glow. Post trip treatment is essential too, I love doing Microdermabrasion and a hydrating treatment such as the Guinot Hydradermie  to deep cleanse, increase hydration and help with sun damage from over exposure to the sun.

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When you are traveling, your skin will be working hard so make sure you’ve got your essentials: A gentle cleanser -something mild, but very effective is great for extreme traveling – all sports, all weathers. Exfoliate the day you arrive so that it allows all your other products to work much better and effectively put back the vital moisture your skin lost whilst traveling (don’t over exfoliate whilst your away though as you don’t want to increase your skins photosensitivity) . Tone religiously; this soothes, hydrates and balances your pH and is a must have to help your skin adjust to the alteration in climate and water. Most importantly of all use a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen, apply 30 minutes prior to sun exposure and make sure to reapply throughout the day to keep your skin protected!

Novo’s top five packing essentials to look after your skin at 30,000 feet!

 1 Eminence Citrus Lip Balm

A soothing lip balm that moisturizes, revitalizes, and protects the lips from climatic aggressions.

2 Guinot Bioxygene Oxgenating Cream

The ultimate lightweight, hydrating cream, which contains an oxygenating complex to protect skin against pollution.

3 Eminence Stone Crop Cleanser

A facial cleanser that eliminates impurities and unifies the complexion. It’s ideal for those headed to dry climates, or places with lots of pollution—and especially for frequent travelers with stressed, devitalized skin.

4 Sunscreen

I can’t emphasize enough the importance of using a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen this is your best defense for healthy younger looking skin, we have such a huge selection at Novo. I promise you in years to come you will thank   me 😉  plus there is nothing more uncomfortable than a sunburn.  Browse our huge selection of sunscreens at http://novospa.wpengine.com/store/index.cfm?category=81

5 Guinot Eye Fresh

 Your inability to move much while flying can result in fluid retention in the body. That fluid can then pool in the feet and ankles, causing edema, but it can also collect around your eyes, resulting in puffy lids and dark under eye circles. Eye Fresh is so effective with actives such as caffeine and horse chestnut to increase microcirculation and reduce puffiness.

Bon Voyage

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P.s Stick to water.  Complimentary alcohol and coffee may seem like the only small pleasures on-board, but you’ll feel and look your best if you resist temptation!

PP.s Aside from looking after your skin, Novo offers all your pre-holiday essentials, waxing, pedi, manis, we even offer sunless fake tanning to give you that golden glow before you even hit the beach.

Best Wishes from Kelowna!