Interviewed by Kate Cheng
With all the newest Korean skincare regimes (snail slime, anyone?) and hydrating serums on the market, it's hard to believe that every ladyboss still doesn't have perfect, healthy skin. But the truth is, traveling between airports, cities and planes, a Travelle doesn't always have the time for that 10-step regimen. Because all that sun, cabin air and UVA/UVB was starting to get to us (literally), Travelle sat down with DNA Renewal, an LA-based skin care solution with over 25 years of skin cancer research behind it, started to scientifically address sun damage and ageing. By being able to topically reapply DNA Repair Enzymes, Travelle will make sure every globetrotter is able to directly address these issues for the first time.
What are the best post-flight skincare products for DNA damage?
What most people don't realize is that, no matter your flight time, there is a significant amount of DNA damage being incurred during your flight. Just like your car windows, plane windows do not protect from UVA/UVB rays and the exposure at 20,000 feet in the air is much higher than it is on the ground (which may be why pilots have a high rate of skin cancer). Plus, if you're flying long enough distances to make you jet-lagged, you are messing with your circadian rhythm, your body's natural DNA repair process that it undergoes at night time. All of this adds up to damaged DNA and a lagging DNA repair process in your body. Science has progressed to the point where we can scientifically prove telomere shortening after eating a hamburger or as a result of stress or UV exposure. Airplanes are also notorious for removing moisture from the skin, which means those prone to dry skin get dryer, and those prone to oily skin get oilier, as a compensation for the dehydration. Luckily, addressing all these concerns is actually much easier than it sounds once you know what's happening.
First and foremost, you need to cleanse your skin thoroughly, ideally using a formulation with a gentle glycolic acid formulation like our Foaming Gel Cleanser so it removes dead skin without drying the skin out further. After cleansing, its best to look for products that rehydrate the skin and restore the DNA repair process. For dryer skin types I would recommend products like our Night Renewal and our Restoring Mask that are heavy with DNA Repair Enzymes and who's formulations rehydrate and calm the skin with Lavender and Vitamins C and E respectively. For those with oilier skin, I would recommend the Intensive Renewal post-flight to help ease your skin back into a normal level of hydration and repair, loaded with our bioderived DNA Repair Enzymes, it's formulated to be a light moisturizer that hydrates without being too heavy.
What does DNA Renewal recommend for beach vacation products?
For a truly successful beach vacation, you will want to make sure you pack a broad spectrum sunscreen with DNA Repair Enzymes to make sure you don't get burned! Sunscreens like our Sheer Defense sunscreens offer UVA and UVB protection as well as DNA Repair Enzymes to maximize your protection (especially if you're remembering to reapply every 3/4 hours!). New studies are coming out that are showing that UV radiation continues hours after exposure which is why applying products that address the continuous DNA damage after sun exposure is often the forgotten key to sun protection and anti aging. After you rinse off a long day at the beach, applying a cream or mask with restorative properties like DNA Repair Enzymes will help address the UV damage that is continuing under the surface--especially if you're noticing some spots that you may have missed while applying sunscreen. If you do happen to get burned, make sure you address it right away, patients who have had DNA Renewal with them on beach vacations tell me that applying Intensive Renewal or the Restoring Mask right onto the burn makes for immediate relief and little to no peeling afterwards.
Furthermore, studies out of Australia have shown evidence that taking twice daily 500mg of VitaminB3 can also reduce skin cancer by increasing DNA repair, so taking supplements like our Remedy Blend or Nox Blend can help boost your DNA repair process during and after your beach vacation
For when you're in transit / en route to the airport?
En route to the airport, make sure you have TSA approved sizes of your go-to cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen! Preflight, it may be worth it to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen to keep the UVA and UVB rays at bay like our Sheer Defense sunscreens which also have DNA Repair Enzymes in them for maximum protection, but if you're afraid of getting your skin too oily etc. If you're on a long haul flight and worried about dehydrated skin while you snooze, applying a light mask like or Restoring Mask pre flight could help alleviate that stress and help you sleep. If you're pulling a red eye or just trying to guarantee you get some quality beauty sleep, taking a natural supplement like our Nox Blend before a flight is a good way to simultaneously get a good rest with ingredients like Valerian Root, Lemon Balm and Melatonin, while boosting your natural repair process with Vitamin B3 so you're guaranteed to be able to hit the ground running when you land.
How do you protect your DNA when you're on a city break (especially in a polluted city with traffic / UV exposure)
City trips mean a lot of pollutant exposure which is another form of DNA damage as are carcinogens like smoking or UV exposure. Here you want to make sure you have a cleanser you can really rely on. Choose a cleanser with active ingredients like AHAs (citric, glycolic, lactic) to get rid of the dead skin and dirt in your pores. Our Foaming Gel Cleanser has a mild amount of glycolic acid to ensure maximum cleansing with minimum irritation. You definitely want to be wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen during the day, especially if you'll be spending time in traffic or in a cab since that is when people are typically unaware of the UV exposure they are getting. Before you tuck in at night and after cleansing, applying a serum like our Regeneration Serum can help brighten and tighten your skin after a stressful day. It's barley derived Growth Factor allows for skin stimulation that you can apply under a mask or moisturizer before your next day in the city!