It goes without saying that traveling takes a stressful toll on your body. With noisy airports, crowded theme parks, train and plane schedules, too much sun, an unbalanced diet and always hurrying up just to slow down, it’s no wonder when you get home, you feel like you need a vacation from your vacation! When you’re out of town your usual routine, as well as your eating and sleeping patterns, are dramatically interrupted, which causes a lot of stress on your body – including your skin. Skin is especially sensitive to changes in environment and the fluctuations in air quality from cold to warm climates, planes, hotel rooms, restaurants, casinos, etc. Sometimes being away from home begets tossing your cares to the wind, but skin care maintenance is so important for the health of your skin that it should not be ignored – even when you’re on vacation. To help preserve your skin and sustain it, whether you’re on the go for business or pleasure, treat yourself to all natural skin care products from IHT. Simply transfer some of our organic skin care products into 3.4 oz or smaller jars, toss them into a quart-sized plastic zip-top bag for your carry-on, and you’ll be good to go.

Travel Skin CareTraveler’s Skin Survival Guide

Airline travel is no day at the beach. Being strapped in a pressurized cabin into a seat big enough for a Barbie with dry, recycled air, high altitude and zero humidity does a number on your skin. The moisture gets sucked right out of it! I don’t understand why they call it, ‘flying the friendly skies’! To make matters worse, the close, cramped conditions can lead to puffy fluid retention in feet, hands, ankles and under the eyes. Hopefully, you’ll stay at your destination long enough to get some R&R and a little pampering while being served frothy, refreshing, coco-nutty umbrella drinks from the cute cabana boy… (I apologize; my mind just took a brief vacation).

Here are some tips for keeping your skin revived and refreshed at 36,000 feet and on the ground:

Mile-High Skin Care Tips

  • Drink lots of water to stay hydrated. A good rule is 8oz per hour in flight.
  • Avoid salty snacks like pretzels and peanuts, which can cause swelling/water retention.
  • Choose water-rich fruits or vegetables to snack on.
  • Opt for tinted moisturizer instead of dehydrating make-up on the plane.
  • Avoid eye-drying mascara on long flights.
  • Wear moisturizing lip balm to prevent drying and cracking.
  • Stretch legs, feet, ankles and arms frequently during flight to stimulate your circulation.
  • Use an eye serum before take-off to keep jet lag at bay.
  • Take a mid-flight hydrating facial mist break.

While You’re Away

  • Don’t stray from your regular healthy skin care regimen; take your healthy habits with you!
  • Cleanse daily to remove toxins from the journey and new environment.
  • Re-balance your skin’s pH with a replenishing toner.
  • Moisturize with a rich, rehydrating cream.
  • Scrub with a gentle exfoliant upon arrival and every couple of days.
  • Wear protective sunscreen daily – in the tropics, arctic and everywhere in between.
  • Don’t use harsh hotel soaps. Pack your own gentle natural cleanser.
  • Take along an acne spot treatment in case of an ‘emerge’-ency.
  • Drink more water and less dehydrating beverages, like coffee, alcohol and soda.

No Matter What Time Zone Your Destination, Pack these Essential Skin Savers

Antioxidant Recovery Balm (by Spa Technologies)

Antioxidant Recovery Balm (by Spa Technologies)Treat and protect your skin from harsh and damaging cold, wind and sun. This rescue balm soothes, heals and moisturizes sensitive skin. It’s fortified with anti-inflammatory botanicals, cell repairing marine plankton, and powerful antioxidants, protecting cellular integrity for a youthful glow.

Microdermabrasion Exfoliating Soap Bar (by Crystal Peel)Microdermabrasion Exfoliating Soap Bar (by Crystal Peel)

The Crystal Peel Microdermabrasion Exfoliating Soap Bar is a ground breaking, patented exfoliation treatment for the body. Using Crystal Peel’s signature ingredient, fine corundum crystals, this unique body-buffing soap polishes away dull, dry layers to reveal smooth, toned and glowing skin. Massaged into the skin with brisk, circular motions, the bar stimulates the production of new collagen (the key to maintaining skin’s elasticity & tone) and visibly improves cellulite, Keratosis pilaris, folliculitis and skin discoloration. Immediately after use, skin feels revitalized and renewed.

Shir-Organic Pure Blueberry Night Cream (by Shira Esthetics)

BlShir-Organic Pure Blueberry Night Cream (by Shira Esthetics)ueberries are a highly nutritious and powerful super-fruit with high levels of phytochemicals, antioxidants, vitamins C and E. Blueberries are also packed full of amino acids, vitamins, and essential fatty acids that can help the body manufacture collagen, making the skin more supple and smooth. The humectants in Pure Blueberry Night Cream help boost hydration levels in stressed and dehydrated skin and the result is the feel of incredibly nourished and supple skin.

Shir-Organic Pure Green Tea Toner (by Shira Esthetics)Shir-Organic Pure Green Tea Toner (by Shira Esthetics)

There have been many studies on the skin benefits of green tea. Green tea is packed with pytochemicals, antioxidants and is an ideal cosmetic ingredient for acne-prone skin and sun damage protection, minimizing inflammation, and for quenching skin with rich anti-oxidants. Due to its soothing benefits, Shir-Organic Pure Green Tea Toner penetrates the skin, supplying moisture directly to tissue, refreshing and relaxing irritated skin.It helps to disinfect and remove oil residue while stabilizing the skin’s pH balance and delays skin cell aging for firmer and more balanced skin tone.

Marine Lotion Mist (by Spa Technologies)

Marine Lotion Mist (by Spa Technologies)Give your face a little spritz of the mist! Marine Lotion Mist is a soothing aromatic mist rich in botanical essences and laminaria seaweed extracts that nourishes dehydrated skin. With cypress, rosemary, juniper and sage, a few gentle pumps of this amazing mist restores vital minerals and detoxifies while calming inflammation. It’s especially beneficial when used after being out in the hot sun and to revive the senses after any environmental stress.

Instant Rescue Ointment (by Spa Technologies)Instant Rescue Ointment (by Spa Technologies)

Be sure to pack this skin saving treasure in your ski bag! Instant Rescue is a 100% natural and organic soothing ointment; an instant SOS that heals your skin from the effects of harsh cold climates and environmental stress. It’s also great when used after exfoliation and laser treatments. It provides a natural barrier that protects and provides the skin with anti-inflammatory essential fatty acids (EFA’s) the good fats, because it’s rich in shea and olive oil butters and mineral rich Pacific kelp.

No Need to Travel Anywhere – Shop IHT Online!

You’ll find all of these featured holistic skin care products from Spa Technologies, Crystal Peel and Shira Esthetics in our online store. You can also call Innovative Healing Touch toll-free at (877) 217-7971 to place your order by phone. Remember, you’ll receive FREE SHIPPING on orders over $85.00, so plan ahead and try several items to save big on shipping! Everything ships tax-free outside of New York State.

Need Advice? Just Ask Ettia!

You can always call or email New York City skin care professional, Ettia Tal, for a free consultation regarding any of these highlighted skin care and spa products or any of the natural skin care products in IHT’s online shop. She can guide you as to what products will work best for your age and skin type. Ettia’s expertise has made her a leading authority on beauty wellness, often quoted in popular magazines like Vogue, Elle, Mademoiselle and Glamour. Now, you can benefit from Ettia’s expertise! Simply email Ettia at or call (877) 217-7971.