It's a miracle worker on the ground or miles high.
It doesn't matter how attentive I am to my skin on a daily basis, as soon as I board a plane all bets are off. When I look in the mirror within an hour of the flight the reflection staring back at me is not at all what I looked like that morning before I left for the airport. Dull, blotchy skin and chapped lips—it's not okay.
At first I tried the pale blue, gel-like mask as a quick boost of hydration at night after my regular skin-care routine. Within 10 minutes my face felt refreshed, calm, and looked a helluva lot healthier. From there I tried the product's more intense approach—wearing a thin layer of it overnight. My skin would soak up all that it needed and leave behind very little residue (proving just how desperate my face was for a thirst quencher).
With a cross-country flight approaching, I decided I would put Peter Thomas Roth and the Blue Marine Algae Mask to the ultimate test—could it cure my dry in-flight skin woes? Because the product goes on fairly clear, I wasn't super worried about weird looks from fellow passengers. And, frankly, if it worked to keep my face feeling plump, I wouldn't really care.
Much to my surprise, and delight, it totally worked. Just as I typically do at night when my skin needs a pick-me-up, I applied a thin layer of the mask all over my face at the start of the flight, then kicked back with a couple of movies and relaxed. By the time we landed my skin had soaked up all of the product but it didn't feel greasy or appear shiny. And I looked the most refreshed I have after a six-hour flight in a very long time. Now I pack it in tiny disposable plastic condiment cups (that have lids, obviously) so that I can always carry it on a flight (the mask comes in a 5 oz. jar so not airport security-friendly in its original packaging).
Now if I could just do something about my knotted up airplane ponytail hair...
Peter Thomas Roth Blue Marine Algae Mask, $52, peterthomasroth.com