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At this point in quarantine, a sweet escape from your bucket list sounds heaven-sent and much needed. Let’s face it, travel blues are a real thing, especially for wanderers who live for passport stamps. Thankfully, the world of skincare provides a global beauty getaway within minutes. Exploring formulas and ingredients can take you to new places as you understand the origin and science behind those youthful, hydrating, and radiant results. International trips are officially on pause; however, experts agree, healthy, glowing at-home facials are timeless. Use your skincare routine to teleport you wherever your heart desires. Create a luxurious spa-inspired regiment with global beauty gems from different parts of the world. Since vacationing feels and looks different this year, get ready for a beauty voyage beyond your wildest dreams with an array of products. You’ll feel rejuvenated and refreshed as if you just got back from a peaceful trip. Let’s stamp our beauty passports with Mexico, Turkey, and South Africa with botanical-infused elements below. 

Bring to life at-home a relaxing aromatherapy facial massage from a five-star spa resort in Mexico. As you teleport yourself within a tropical atmosphere, prepare to enjoy a celebrity-approved skincare encounter.  Formulated with Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Co-Enzyme Q10, avocado oil, Dr. Goldfaden’s Overnight Creamy Facial Treatment ($85), will leave you with luminous, youthful-looking skin. The buttery texture comes from avocados found in west-central Mexico, where there are sunny skies year-round. Stroke your temples as you experience the super surge of hydration from the miracle jar. Along with powerful anti-aging and moisturizing benefits, the firming ingredients help reduce fine lines, while creating long-lasting hydration overnight. While the avocado oil boosts a dewy finish, it’s essential to know the other elements at play within this beauty buy. The Co-Enzyme also aids skin from pollution, while the alpha-lipoic acid reduces the appearance of puffiness. Begin to massage the creamy texture all over and watch the instant results flourish in less than 24-hours.

Next stop, Turkey! Famous for its sizzling hot summers, this destination requires a dose of hydration and coolness. Today, dark circles around the eyes due to lack of sleep are one of the most significant skincare concerns. Hence why we’re tapping into the country’s most celebrated fruit, apricot as a skincare superfood. As you envision yourself exploring the colorful vibrancy Istanbul has to offer, try Dr. Goldfaden’s Dark Circle Radiance Concentrate ($55). The eye cream is full of prestigious elements such as Soy Peptide, Arnica Tincture, Hyaluronic acid, and apricot kernels. Together the properties brighten, minimize darkness, puffiness, and fine lines, and provide a youthful-looking finish. The travel to the Mediterranean destination with this experience will simply be unforgettable. 

Visualize yourself on a South African safari. Take a moment to envision discovering the elephants, lions, cheetahs, giraffes, and zebras as well as other species. That’s right, one encounter with Dr. Goldfaden’s Ruby Crystal Power Exfoliator ($98) will take you there. Filled with South African Organic Red Tea Extract, Ruby Crystals, seaweed extract, and hyaluronic acid, this multi-purpose scrub does it all. Treat yourself to a weekly exfoliating treatment that removes dead skin, dirt, and oils for brighter, smoother, and more radiant skin. Rich with antioxidants and vitamins from the tea extract and ruby crystals, the cruelty-free exfoliatin also firms and soothes the skin.  

Here’s to taking more beauty-inspired trip worth your wild in real life soon, until then open your cabinets and explore the world of ingredients. Allow your lotions and potions to take you places you’ve never been to!

Ashley Jimenez’s Bio

Ashley Jimenez is a multi-media journalist and Co-Founder of LatinaWatch. She oversees LatinaWatch.com and all of the website’s editorial and video content and strategy, as well as social media channels. As the former Beauty Director of HOLA! USA, the Puerto Rican-Dominican reporter, is an expert in identifying trends, highlighting multicultural content, and exploring thoughtful conversations within the influential Latina beauty segment. Her past roles include Senior Beauty Editor at Latina Magazine, where she created beauty, wellness, and lifestyle content specifically for women of color. She explored intersections of vision, Afro-Latina identity within the hair industry, socially conscious skin care, mental health topics. Ashley’s dedication to storytelling has created groundbreaking content that speaks to the duality women face as they navigate the world while honoring traditions and crafting new age customs.

Meet Amina Belouizdad. With an impressive pedigree starting with hotel development in China, real estate private equity investing in the US, and creating the perfect all-in-one bags (think backpack to tote to cross-body bag) for ladies on the web (make sure to check out Bartaile!) buckets her in the multi-faceted expertise lane. She speaks a handful of languages, holds two Finance degrees from McGill and Wharton, and is now holds the CCO position at the newly launched The Private Suite LAX (the most luxurious new private traveling experience). Amina is an expert global traveler and we had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with her and learn about her travel must-haves and tips.


What are your go-to wellness travel essentials? 

I don’t wear much makeup in general, and when I travel I like to wear even less. I focus on hydration and exfoliation. So, I always pack Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse for hair and body, LaNeige Lip Sleeping Mask, Caudalie Beauty Elixir and the Goldfaden MD doctor’s scrub.

Check bags or carry-on?

If you check bags, we can’t be friends!

What are your top 3 Carry-On items you cant travel without? 

I tend to pack with 1 or 2 color schemes in mind, so that everything goes together. All black and white is a no-brainer, but sometimes I’ll do blues and beiges too. Having said that, these are my must-packs:

  • Running shoes for impromptu workouts
  • LA Dodgers baseball cap (I have 3 of them!) for bad hair days and LA pride
  • Leather jacket because it makes everything look better

Last trip you took?

In the last month I’ve been to New York (twice), San Francisco, Washington DC, Anguilla and Saint Barth’s.

What do you wear when you fly?

Black jeans by Mother, graphic tee that usually says something French, Chanel skate sneakers, and a cashmere cardigan.

Best airline snack or meal?

I try to not eat on planes (no matter the cabin!), and I always carry on a few giant bottles of Smartwater.

How do you avoid jet lag?

I fight to adjust! If I’m landing during the day, I’ll make sure I stay awake during the flight, no matter how painful it is. If you force yourself to adjust the first 24 hours, it gets much easier from there.

Favorite city? 

Can I have three? New York, Paris and London.

Kindle, iPad or book?

 Book. I’m old school.:)

Travel. Air travel, specifically. Every time you board a plane, you’re exposed to stale, crazy-dry, recirculated air, so even if you’re only taking an hour-long flight (lucky!), you end up with a significantly moisture-sapped, duller complexion when you land. And that’s not accounting for what happens on your actual vacation: using strange hotel beauty products, skin experiencing different water, forgetting your favorite sunscreen, and eating different foods.

We sat down with Dr. G to understand just exactly what happens to our skin and how to combat Jet leg from sinking in while we travel.

Does skin get ‘jet lagged’? How does it manifest?

Jet lag manifests itself in many different ways, both physical and mental. Think fatigue, bloating, insomnia, irritability, digestive issues, breakouts and general stress.

Jet lag, or desynchronosis, is a temporary circadian rhythm disorder that often occurs when a person travels across time zones. The body’s internal clock is disrupted, and major symptoms include insomnia, fatigue, bloating, anxiety, malaise, and emotional disturbances. 

When a traveler crosses a few time zones, the body uses natural cues like sunlight and an eating schedule to try and acclimate to the appropriate time. But because travel is disorienting for the physical body, it can take a few days before all the natural processes even out and become normalized. 

Jet lag is usually worse when moving from west to east because travelers lose hours of their day.

Why does skin suffer? Is the increased cortisol combined with reduced hydration for example?

Stressful security checks, unhealthy airport food options, omnipresent air conditioning, cabin pressure and dry air can wreak havoc on the most resilient complexions. Dehydration and bacteria are major factors here. If you’re prone to breakouts, touching bathroom doors and tray tables (full of germs) and then touching or rubbing your face can exacerbate acne, let alone make you sick. Always a good idea to pack antibacterial wipes and wipe down the areas you will be touching. If you feel ill before travel you may want to wear a mask to protect yourself and those around you.  

If you choose to sleep on a flight (or in the airport) it’s likely not high quality zzz’s. Rest is incredibly important for cell turnover and skin recovery—in fact, regeneration happens three times as fast while asleep.

Are there any ways we can prevent it before hand? Or lessen its impact during flight or afterwards?

Pre-flight:

A pre-trip plan is crucial when it comes to preventing jetlag. If time permits you can start the week before travel by starting to wake up a few hours earlier every day to get your body used to another time zone. This is probably best for time zones, which will be many hours ahead. If you choose to do this, use a light to stimulate your brain/melatonin levels when waking (as the sun will not be up yet).  Being hydrated before your flight is crucial. Try drinking a hydration multiplier powder to increase internal hydration. Going makeup free on the flight is also a good idea but make sure you are wearing an antipollution serum (Brightening Elixir) and heavy moisturizer or nourishing oil (Fleuressence Botanical Oil) to lock in moisture. 

Inflight:

Drink plenty of fluids (no alcohol or caffeine as they dehydrate the body and skin).  Try and rest and or sleep. Pack earplugs and a sleep mask to create a relaxing sleep environment. 

Post Flight: 

Wash your face very well and try a gentle peel. Our Fresh A Peel (lactic acid peel) will obliterate any dry skin or bacteria that may have happened as a result of air travel. Follow with a hydrating oil or rich night cream. 

If possible, try to book a flight that lands later in the evening at your final destination. Your goal is to basically get to sleep, as this is the best way to acclimate to a new time zone. If you arrive during the day, a light workout or walk outside in the sunlight will help set your internal clock on the time zone.