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Kate Somerville On Jet-Set Skin Prep


This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia_

I always seem to break out when I fly. Is there something I should be doing in-flight—or pre- or post—to keep my skin from freaking out?

Yes! First of all, clean your hands with wipes several times while you fly. Airplanes are busy places, like train stations, and they are filled with bacteria that can cause breakouts. Secondly, the night before flying, exfoliate and drink lots and lots and lots of water. The next day, wash gently, hydrate with a serum, and moisturize (if you are acne-prone, use an oil-free moisturizer). Continue to drink lots of water while you are on the plane as it will not only keep your skin from drying out and your oil glands from over-pumping, but it will keep you from getting too jet-lagged as well. Also, if possible, don’t wear makeup—and definitely not powder-y makeup—as it will either dehydrate or get sucked into your skin, clogging pores.

The creator and director of her own medi-skin clinic in Los Angeles, Kate Somerville has spent over 15 years working with top dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons to promote the integration of skincare and medicine, helping to pioneer the field of paramedical aesthetics and lay the foundation for the medi-spa industry. A best-selling eponymous product line and cult celebrity following keep her one of the most trusted names in skincare today.

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