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11-17-10 | Posted by


President & CEO of Swiss antioxidant skin care line Alchimie Forever, Ada Polla spends way too many hours travelling, particularly by plane. Here she shares a few of her travel secrets and product tips for keeping skin fresh and radiant while on the road.

If anything can be said about me, it’s that I travel a lot. I love to travel, I travel for work, and for pleasure. Since launching Alchimie Forever in the U.S. in 2004, I’ve developed a few travel strategies that I would like to share.

Typically, the day before I get on a plane, I will apply Alchimie Forever’s Kantic Mask ($60). It helps to nourish my skin (airplane air is so dehydrating), and gives me a nice glow – i.e. makes me look like I travel less than I do.

A selection of Alchimie Forever products.

While I typically use our Yttrium protective day cream ($67) and Kantic calming evening cream ($71), while travelling, I will pack our Kantic+ Intensely Nourishing Cream ($77). That means I only have one moisturizer to fit in my travel bag, and, again, the thicker texture combats airplane air. In my purse, I always carry a tube of our Superpulse Rejuvenating Eye Contour Balm ($69). I sometimes even use it on my entire face (note that our eye cream and all three of our moisturizers are okay to take as carry-ons). Lastly, Herban Essentials Lavender Towlettes ($15) help me feel fresh even after a six hour flight. That’s my product habits – but travel beauty tips go much farther than product.

A soft pashmina (color will vary based on the mood of the day), helps me stay warm as I am always cold on the plane or train, and it can even double as a pillow. And I have a fabulous silk pink eye mask that helps me sleep (in transit all I do is sleep, catch up on my reading, or think – but mostly sleep).

A key to enjoyable travel is to get to the airport with extra time – in the last two months, I have made both rookie mistakes of booking a return flight from Singapore on the wrong day, and going through security to the wrong gate. Both times, I was able to keep my cool because I had just enough extra time.

I always buy a bottle of water before getting on the plane (after security obviously), and usually I will have a glass of white wine. I know alcohol is dehydrating, but still, a glass of Chardonnay just makes any trip more enjoyable (this is another nice benefit of giving yourself extra time at the airport or train station). And on a good travel day, I remember to pack a banana or some raw almonds to tide me over during a trip.

When travelling across time zones, I have a funny habit of never changing my watch. It is always on DC time, no matter where I am. Again, most travel advice suggests switching your watch to the local time as soon as you land, but keeping it on DC time keeps me connected to the office.

Finally, I am a diehard loyalist when it comes to airlines and hotel chains. I love US Air (and they love me back!), and I love the Hampton Inn.

For Alchimie Forever products: www.alchimie-forever.com

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