Joel Schlessinger MD talks to Daily Makeover about how to recover from jet lag

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses tips to recover from jet lag fast

If you have to fly across time zones when you travel, chances are you’ll experience jet lag. Not only does jet lag leave you feeling exhausted, the drying conditions aboard the plane can zap your tired skin of its natural moisture. Joel Schlessinger, MD recently spoke to Daily Makeover about tips to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy on your next trip.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends getting some sleep to repair the skin.

One of the best things you can do for your skin while flying is to get some sleep. “Skin restores and repairs itself while we sleep, and robbing it of the chance to do so could be another stressor on your complexion,” says Dr. Schlessinger.

A modified skin care routine will help your skin compensate for lost moisture, says Joel Schlessinger MD.

Flying can wreak havoc on the skin due to extremely low humidity aboard the aircraft. Air is continuously recycled and recirculated throughout the cabin while humidity is as low as 20 percent. The air is forced to draw moisture from wherever it can, including the skin. If your skin is already prone to dryness, it’ll become even dryer. Oily skin types are especially prone to post-flight breakouts because the skin begins to produce excess oil to compensate for the drying effects of the air.

To start your vacation on the right foot, Dr. Schlessinger recommends adding extra moisturizer into your skin care routine one to two weeks before you leave. He likes to recommend Obagi Hydrate Facial Moisturizer to his patients. It’s free of harsh ingredients and it contains hydromanil, shea butter, avocado oil and mango butter to restore moisture and replenish the complexion. It’s also a good idea to begin to drink extra water about one to two weeks prior to take-off.

Take FixMySkin Healing Body Balm, developed by Joel Schlessinger MD, on your next flight.

While you’re onboard, you’ll need a portable moisturizer, like FixMySkin Healing Body Balm Unscented with 1% Hydrocortisone. This balm comes in a convenient, heat-resistant stick for easy application on dry, rough patches of skin. Shea butter and cocoa butter hydrate while 1% hydrocortisone provides deep, repairing moisture to irritated skin cells. It’s also great for the face and lips. Keep FixMySkin handy on the plane to spot-treat any areas that feel uncomfortably dry.

To get more of your favorite skin care products in a convenient travel size, visit

Do you have questions for Joel Schlessinger MD about jet lag and skin care? Let us know in the comments section.


About drjoelschlessinger

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon based in Omaha, NE.

Posted on June 6, 2014, in Dr. Joel Schlessinger in the Media. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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