Save Your Skin this Travel Season

Don’t Let Holiday Travel Ruin Your Skin


‘Tis the season for heading home for the holidays. But if you’re traveling by plane, you could be booking yourself a one-way ticket to breakout city. Germy, stale plane air can be a real Grinch, leaving you with dry skin sullen skin and a sullen complexion. So, we’re gifting you with a few of our favorite tips for caring for your skin at 30,000 feet.

Stay Moisturized

Along with ordering spring water as your complimentary beverage, pack a moisture-capturing hyaluronic serum—we love Environ’s Ionzyme Focus Hydrating Serum—in your carry-on and apply it before, during, and after your flight. It’s your golden ticket to keeping your skin hydrated and feeling fresh.

Lip Service

Lips are particularly susceptible to dehydration while traveling. Swipe a moisture-rich balm, like Image Skincare’s Ormedic Balancing Lip Enhancement Complex. Best of all, you can also use it to protect nostrils, cheekbones, cuticles, and any other areas where skin is thinner or more prone to dehydration.

Pack an SPF

Even if you’re not on your way to a sunny destination, it’s important to maintain your SPF routine. The fact is, flying in a plane puts you a lot closer to the sun—especially if you’re in a window seat—and its harmful ultraviolet rays. Wear a physical SPF of at least 30 when you’re flying, and reapply as needed.

Book a Post-Travel Facial

Once the holidays are over and you’re back home, there’s one more gift you’ll want to give—but this one’s to yourself. Treat yourself to a post-travel facial of your choice to help correct any imperfections, de-stress your skin, and ensure you’ll be glowing in 2016.

Good Skin Starts with a Toner?

girl using tonerLife is full of mysteries. Your toner shouldn’t be one of them. The fact is, toners are one of the most head-scratching—and misused—products in the beauty aisle. So, what do they do and why do you need one? And more importantly, which ones are the best? Dr. Rabkin is here to clear up your questions on this skincare conundrum.

What is a toner and why do I need one? 

Toners are designed to re-establish proper post-cleansing pH levels to your skin. While some dismiss toners as an optional step, thanks to an array of gentle cleansers on the market that don’t affect pH levels, in my opinion, a well-formulated toner can still provide amazing benefits for your skin and play an important role in improving and maintaining skin health.

After cleansing, skin often needs a range of ingredients to help restore and repair its surface, including antioxidants and skin-repairing substances such as glycerin, fatty acids, and ceramides. The right toner can give you an instant younger, fresher appearance.

Ready to find one that’s right for you? Here are a few—good and bad—that caught our attention.


Clinique Even Better Essence Lotion (Combination to Oily)

Price: $42

The Good: This is a great toner for those with oily or acne-prone skin. It includes a nice array of beneficial plant-based ingredients in a lightweight formula that isn’t alcohol based. In true Clinique style, it’s also fragrance free.

The Bad: Aside from the price, there’s little we don’t like.

Bottom Line: The mixture of antioxidants—including green tea extract, wheat germ, and hyaluronic acid—make this toner a great choice to help replenish and retain healthy skin.

Derma Soothing Toner with Anti-Aging Pycnogenol

Price: $15

The Good: This soothing, alcohol- and fragrance-free toner is appropriate for all skin types.

The Bad: Pycnogenol is a proven antioxidant, but using a single “hero ingredient” isn’t enough. We’d like to see a wider array of skin-repairing ingredients.

Bottom Line: Its affordable price point toner makes this toner a clear winner.

Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner

Price: $8.50

The Good: Generous amounts of glycolic and salicylic acids help tame oily, acne-prone skin.

The Bad: Oil-stimulating alcohol and witch hazel are two of the top ingredients. To add insult to injury, its other main ingredients—peppermint and eucalyptus—make this one an irritating toner.

The Bottom Line: Sure, this one’s affordable and easily found at your neighborhood drugstore, but its high alcohol content and fragrance makes this one our least favorite choice.

Environ AVST Moisturizing Toner

Price: $45

The Good: This hardworking toner contains a wide range of antioxidants and plant extracts that work synergistically to moisturize, hydrate, improve texture, and help balance uneven skin tone.

The Bad: Use it or lost it! Environ also uses minimal preservatives in its products, which makes for shorter shelf life.

The Bottom Line: A quality, multi-functional toner suitable for all skin types? What’s not to love?