Summer travels are coming soon, are you wondering how to maintain good and shiny skin when traveling? Renowned New York City plastic surgeon Dr. Lara Devgan shares personal beauty tips.
Why is travel so important?
Travel permeates the rhythm of our daily lives – it helps us undo our daily routine. For me, there is no better place to be than my usual life in the operating room during the day and with my family at night. But I love to travel because wherever I go I increase my ability to think and understand. I grew up with an international background and take care of people from all over the world and this has always influenced my view of the world. Some of my most memorable experiences have come from traveling to visit my parents’ hometowns in Kenya and India, training at the World Health Organization in Switzerland, rotating at the wonderful Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan, and showing my kids Malibu Tidepools, the Eiffel Tower and the Venice Canals and the places that changed me. Sometimes going away helps you appreciate how special it is to come home. I think this is true for all of us.
If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
I will stay here in New York. I feel incredibly lucky to be a New Yorker. She grew up in Los Angeles, California, and moved to New York for fellowships in plastic and reconstructive surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Hospital and Cornell. I would never have imagined staying here, but now that I have experienced living and working in a place that is a diverse and vibrant microcosm of the world, I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Watching New York skip the past few years has been both an endeavor and a fortress, and it has cemented my faith in the people and in the heart of the city.
What makes travel aesthetically challenging?
Disruption of circadian rhythms, dietary patterns and normal skincare routine is the biggest aesthetic issue when it comes to travel. It’s hard for most of us to maintain our regular exercise and eating schedules, and little things like different bathrooms, hotel rooms, and flight schedules are wreaking havoc on our skin.
What can you do to help your skin stay in good shape while traveling?
Consistency is key. This can be difficult because we are in a completely new environment and are out of our daily routine. The most important thing is to be consistent and keep it simple! Many things are modified, but I try to keep my skincare routine as non-negotiable. Even when my time is tight, my desert island absolute must have products like Antioxidant Vitamin C + E Ergothioneine Serum, Hyaluronic Serum, Peptide Eye Cream, Morning SPF BB Cream, Vitamin CBE Ferulic, Retinol Bakuchiol Serum, and Resveratrol Night Cream at night. And peeking at me without Platinum Lip Plump, Platinum Long Lash, and Extreme Lengthening Mascara is more rare than seeing Bigfoot!
How do you treat dry skin after a long flight?
Rejuvenating and moisturizing your skin after a day of travel is essential to repairing the skin’s barrier function and treating dryness. I recommend applying hyaluronic serum to a freshly cleansed face. This ultra-hydrating serum is formulated with mixed molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide to plump and rejuvenate skin, reduce fine lines, increase skin firmness, and improve elastin production. If your skin needs an extra dose of hydration or if you’re traveling somewhere with a drier climate, I recommend applying a resveratrol night cream. It is specially formulated with medicinal ingredients to soothe, calm and repair the skin.
How long should you wait to fly after receiving Botox or fillers?
I constantly have non-surgical patients traveling from out of town, and there is really no useful downtime after injection procedures. I suggest keeping your head elevated for four hours after Botox, and trying to sleep on your back for a few days after the filler. It is always a good idea to avoid alcohol, aspirin, avil and other blood thinners for several days before and after the injection to reduce the risk of bruising. However, there are no official restrictions in terms of timing after injection.
What is your advice to someone who suffers from hyperpigmentation after a sunny vacation?
Hyperpigmentation is one of the most common skin problems I get asked about. I recommend my Hyperpigmentation Kit and my new Antioxidant Vitamin C + E Ergothioneine Serum for gorgeous, even skin. The My Hyperpigmentation range contains five essential products you need to combat dark spots and sun damage. My latest Vitamin C + E Ergothioneine Serum is great for stubborn hyperpigmentation, and for those looking to go the extra mile to brighten their skin. Formulated with 20% Vitamin C and plant-based antioxidants to fade dark spots and protect skin from further damage. I also recommend my in-office treatment with the erbium laser. This is used to exfoliate, erase fine lines, reduce dark spots and pigmentation, improve skin tone and texture, and improve the appearance of scars. The procedure requires only a short recovery period and the person’s skin looks rejuvenated after two weeks.
What do you suggest to deal with puffy eyes after traveling?
A combination of jet lag, fluid shifts, and dehydration can lead to puffiness, periorbital wrinkles, and swelling. The products I recommend to brighten and improve the appearance of eyes are Peptide Eye Cream, SPF 50 Concealer, and Extreme Lengthening Mascara. My Peptide Eye Cream uses a unique blend of vitamins, ceramides and mixed molecular weight hyaluronic acid to nourish and brighten the eye area. I keep using SPF 50 Concealer to correct and protect the eye area and finish with my best-selling mascara—it’s formulated with intense carbon black pigment, and it’s everything you need for gorgeous, multidimensional, gorgeous lashes. To keep my eyelashes looking long and bouncy, I use Platinum Long Lash twice a day – I think long lashes frame the eyes and add dimension.
What are the best products to have when traveling?
I’m a true loyalist of Dr. Lara Devgn Scientific Beauty, my own line of premium medical-grade skincare products. The products are designed to be a modified combination of active ingredients in powerful combinations to improve skin quality. When I travel, I bring my modified range of products that I know I’ll need to protect my skin from changes in climate and unfavorable travel conditions—no matter what they are. It is especially convenient that its sizing makes it easy to carry. My essentials are Hyaluronic Serum, Antioxidant Vitamin C + E Ergothioneine Serum, SPF BB Cream in the morning, and at night, Vitamin C + B + E Ferulic Serum, Retinol Bakuchiol Serum, and Resveratrol Night Cream. I also love our Microdermabrasion Exfoliating Scrub.
What is in your bag when you travel?
Hand sanitizer, a little green and red Tabasco, SPF 50 dusting powder (which has zinc and titanium), a bonus face mask, and some Platinum Lip Bloom, Platinum Long Lash, and Xtreme Lengthening Mascara to revitalize on the go.