April 09, 2016

Jet Set Skin

Fourteen weeks into 2016 and I've managed to already rack up 49,924 miles/80,345 kilometers in air travel, which equates to a touch over 100 hours flight time. Unfortunately that doesn't automatically equate to a major spike in my frequent flyer points. The airlines are always messing about with their programs and despite flying more and more, I seem to be earning less points than ever.

In the last six months I've been back and forth to New York three times; incredibly this year alone I've spent seven weeks there. Before anybody wonders, yes I am very much gainfully employed though I have become extremely adept at getting the most value out of my leave time and managing work schedules.

Though the long haul aspect of travel is never really that attractive, I do believe I have a good routine down pat to make it easier and somewhat more pleasant. There's the usual, but very sound, advice to stay hydrated with water (I avoid alcohol completely) and to stay fresh faced wearing minimal or no makeup, which I most definitely subscribe to. I'm always conscious to select certain routes, and even aircraft, to make the actual flight more tolerable. I get as much rest and sleep as I can, I guzzle down the water and keep my skin moisturized so that when my feet finally get back onto the ground I'm in not too bad a state, mentally or physically.

Looking after yourself is paramount when stuck in a metal tube for that amount of time with the cool, dry recycled air constantly pumping around you. Your skin particularly needs a little extra attention both during and post flight especially if you're going between two very different climates. I am quite fortunate to be able to say that I am happy with my skin almost all the time but even with being bestowed with good skin, there are times when I need to show it a little extra TLC.

Having been a long time user of the La Clinica range, I was actually introduced to it by my friend and fellow blogger Sydney Shop Girl, I know very well how effective its products are. I most commonly use products from their Anti-Ageing and Gly-C ranges but was very interested and receptive in trying out their Rebalancing Vitamin A range when offered the opportunity by the company.

The rationale behind deviating from my usual and giving the Rebalancing range a go was based on its formulation and ingredients that specifically help to perk up your skin and restore its radiance, and in fact La Clinica recommends its use during travel to avoid lackluster, jet-lagged skin. How could I resist?

I was provided with the entire Rebalancing kit and an additional product of their multi-functional Skin Detox Facial Exfoliating Scrub & Mask. This was everything I needed to care for my skin given that the kit includes a cleanser, face mist, serum and day, night and eye creams. Plus a soft wash cloth all encased in an extremely handy toiletry bag which is perfect for travel. Everything fits in that toiletry bag and you just need to throw it in your suitcase. Every product in the kit is full size, so at $163 it represents exceptional value. Speaking from experience, a La Clinica kit lasts me over a month of use. A little goes a long way with their creams and serums.

Up front, I want to mention that the Rebalancing range does contain vitamin A and for some people this can result in a minor breakout due to its detoxifying action, but do persist through this initial purge and if you are someone who often has breakouts or has to deal with acne, this range is also great in helping your skin to clear up and restore its equilibrium.

A creamy cleanser is my preference, which is the type of cleanser in the range. It means that I don't have that squeaky tight feeling after washing my face and I find that when used with the wash cloth it removes my makeup without the need for makeup cleanser. The aptly named Emergency Booster Serum is brilliant. Living up to its name, I found it certainly did give my skin that boost and amp up a perky glow even when I felt like death after sitting on a plane for 26 hours. Most of the time I don't have the patience to wait in between the separate application of the serum and day or night cream so I put one or two pumps of the serum in my palm and mix it together with my cream to apply as one. Perhaps that is an off label use of the products, but it works for me.

What I absolutely loved was the Skin Detox Facial Exfoliating Scrub & Mask. That is a mouthful to say but it is amazing. It is a scrub and mask in one so that means less to pack. Multi-tasking and multi-functioning is the name of the game. Whenever I arrive at my destination, I always give myself a good body and face scrub in the shower. It's quite grainy which I like in a scrub and has a very fresh and energizing scent. The way you use it is to first apply it as a scrub onto your cleansed, wet skin and then after you've finished massaging it around your face you leave it to sit for up to ten minutes to do its work as a mask. I came to like using it in the shower; I would cleanse my face at the beginning of my shower, use it as a scrub and then leave it on while I washed my hair or shaved my legs. With the warm water and steamy environment it felt very hammam-like and after I washed it off my face was baby soft and so fresh and so clean. I am for sure going to include this in my regular routine.

I've been entirely happy with how well the Rebalancing range products worked for me. It really nourished my skin and I do believe it delivered on giving me that extra level of care to help my skin look mostly unaffected by the long flights, the jet-lag and going from a blazing hot Australian summer to a New York winter. Though I would possibly have never tried these particular products as I assumed it was catered more toward problematic skin due to its focus on clearing and balancing the skin, I found it was very much well suited to counteract the negative effects of travel and flying, particularly dull and dryer than usual skin.