Frequent Flyer? These Will Help You (Literally) Save Face Buy Buy Buy

Nip those #jetsetterproblems in the bud. 

If you fly regularly, you’re probably aware that being in an plane for long hours can wreak serious havoc on your skin. Not only is it terribly dehydrating (the main reason you’re always advised to pick water over coffee or alcohol), the stress from those multiple security checks can also lead to an increase in cortisol in your body which, in turn, causes redness, inflammation and acne. Every time I take a long-haul flight, my skin looks like it’s aged a couple of years!

Good news is, there are a ton of products out there to help counter the effects of being in that pressurised environment 43, 000 feet in the air. Here are some we like:

Before flying, try one of the new masks from Guardian

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At just $1.95 per sheet, this one is a no brainer. Guardian now has masks for practically any skin woe you can think of: Dehydrated skin, dull skin, sagging skin. Just before you fly, however, you’ll want to use the Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating and Moisturising Mask, because your skin is going to need all the moisture that it can get.

Available at Guardian pharmacies islandwide. 


Pack a moisturiser into your handbag


Laneige is well known for its moisturising range of products. Now, they’ve teamed up with e-commerce site Lazada to offer some crazy-good deals. I’m recommending the Basic Care (Moisture) set cos you get a ton of products for just $138 (UP: $181), and it comes with a travel-sized Balancing Emulsion Moisture (15ml) that you can pack into your hand carry. This one’s perfect for flying because not only does it keep your skin hydrated, it also contains hyacinth extracts to flush out pollutants … and who knows just what you’re exposing yourself to with all that recycled air?

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If you’re breaking out, this acne gel may help

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Dehydration is simple enough to deal with if you’re diligent with moisturiser. Acne, on the other hand, is just a pain in the you-know-where cos your only option is to deal with it after the fact. Help is on hand with Orbis Clear Acne Spots, $20. This gel helps soften the thick corneal layer and tackles clogged pores while absorbing free fatty acids brought about by acne bacteria, so you can look forward to getting rid of that annoying zit more quickly. What’s cool about this is that it can even be used on top of makeup! If acne is a recurring problem with you, you might be interested in the rest of the Orbis Clear range to help tackle its root cause.

The Orbis Clear Series is available at all Orbis boutiques and counters. 


Once you’ve touched down in Singapore, consider the PPP 360 Solution

I recently went for this all-in-one treatment that’s based on the concept of “colour, consistency and contour”. That is, it tackles uneven skin tone and pigmentation (colour), consistency (large pores and acne), and contour (sagging skin and wrinkles). This basically consists of five treatments in one: P+ Intensive Laser Treatment to help disperse melanin and keep skin spot-free while deep cleansing the pores; Fractional Laser, which essentially does the same above, but penetrates more deeply into the skin to enhance skin tightness and elasticity; Collagen Remodelling to tighten skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles; Radio Frequency Skin Treatment to help lift skin around the neck, jawline and eyes; and Ion Infusion to give skin a deep infusion of moisture to soothe the skin post-laser.

It sounds intense, but I liked that I was out of the treatment room in half an hour. Based on your skin concerns, you might not even need to undergo all the mentioned procedures, which means you’d be out of there in an even shorter amount of time. Right after the treatment, my jawline looked visibly lifted (hooray!). If you do the Fractional Laser, be prepared for a few days of redness. However, it’ll all be worth it cos your skin will look more supple and clearer after that.

Do note though, that if you have more severe skin issues, you might be advised to go for more regular treatments (from once a week to thrice a week) in order to see more visible results.

PPP Laser Clinic’s Taster Pack goes for $360. Check out the website for a full listing of outlets. 

She may have been born and bred in Singapore, but Denise considers Chiang Mai her spiritual home and needs to make a yearly pilgrimage there to maintain her sanity. Competitive by nature, she enjoys combat sports and is currently obsessed with Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which she picked up just under a year ago. To no one’s surprise, the country currently at the top of her travel bucket list is Brazil.

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