Airplane Beauty Tips | Sheperd Integrative Dermatology in Mount Pleasant, SC

From waiting in airline check-in and security lines to the journey to and from the airport, the flying experience can feel overly burdensome. Not to mention the plane ride itself, especially if it’s one of those long-haul flights. It’s not just our emotions that are being affected—our skin can suffer as well. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the air in the pressurized cabins of planes is often below 20% humidity. This is due to recycled air, which is low in humidity and tends to suck moisture out of the skin, leaving it dry, cracked and dehydrated. Anyone who has traveled for any amount of time on an airplane has probably experienced that dry, tight feeling in the face and hands.

Fortunately, there are several tried-and-true methods to counteract the effects of low humidity on your skin when you’re airborne. By following these 5 tricks and tips, your skin will feel hydrated and refreshed, so you’re ready to start your adventure as soon as you land.

1. Exfoliate the night before.

Exfoliation should be a weekly ritual in your skincare routine, so don’t forget to do it the night before your travel day as you’re packing last-minute essentials. It’s important to clear away those dead skin cells so your skin can accept moisture. Be careful not to over-exfoliate – a gentle exfoliation is enough, as you don’t want to irritate or damage your skin. Also, keep in mind the rest of your body can suffer from dryness, so do some dry brushing to shed away dead skin cells everywhere else. After exfoliating, make sure to deeply replenish your skin with moisture – treat yourself to a hydrating mask and nourishing body cream, and relax!

2. Use a serum packed with antioxidants.

Your skin should always receive the nutritive care it needs, so it’s protected against external stressors like air travel. Serums are made up of small molecules that can deeply penetrate the skin and deliver a high concentration of active ingredients. They’re a great way to provide nutrition and moisture, as well as repair your skin after damage from harmful elements such as free radicals. Incorporate a  serum full of antioxidants into your regular routine to protect against environmental damage and premature signs of aging caused by free radicals from UVA/UVB radiation. We love SkinCeutical’s Phloretin CF Gel, a daily topical vitamin C serum that helps diminish the appearance of discoloration, refine skin texture, and improve skin tone. After the serum, apply a face lotion or cream to create a barrier on the skin’s surface to keep all that good stuff in.

3.Don’t wear makeup.

The dryer your skin gets, the higher the risk of your makeup looking patchy and dry. On top of that, a layer of makeup will trap grease, dirt and dead skin cells in your pores, blocking their ability to breathe. Give your skin a break and go makeup-free for the flight. No one ever looks amazing on a flight, so try to get over any insecurities you have about being sans makeup in public. Can’t bear the thought of navigating the airport process without some cover-up? Bring along some makeup wipes to whip out once you find your seat.

Be sure not to forget the sunscreen! Since you’re about six miles closer to the ozone layer while airborne, the sun’s rays are simply more powerful. Whether or not you’re in a window seat, don’t skimp on SPF. You’ll want to wear broad-spectrum sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection, at a minimum of SPF 30. Go ahead and grab tinted sunscreen to give your skin a little extra glow.

4. Prepare in-flight skin care.

While you don’t need to haul your entire skincare regimen with you in your carry-on, take some basic nourishing and hydrating products. Serums are a fantastic choice as they’re usually under 100mL in size, and, like I said, they’re full of nourishing ingredients and antioxidants. Go ahead and pack hand cream, facial moisturizer, hydrating mist, and lip balm in your carry-on bag as well (just be sure they’re under 3.4 ounces so you can get through security). Regularly spritzing your face with an antioxidant-rich facial spray during the hours leading up to your arrival is a great way to revive dull and tired skin. We love

5. Drink up.

Water that is. Avoid alcohol and caffeine while traveling, as these can dry out your system and, inevitably, your largest organ, your skin. Dehydrated skin can appear puffy or swollen, so combat this by making sure you’re getting enough H2O. Take a reusable water bottle and sip frequently or say “yes” to a glass every time the cabin crew circulates, and don’t be afraid to ask for more! Not only does regular intake of water keep your skin hydrated, and your system flushed, and help with the effects of jet lag, but it also gives you an opportunity to stretch your legs and get your blood flowing during bathroom breaks. Hydration should be your priority—your skin will thank you for it.

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Rebecca Repaire


Becky is a board- certified Physician Assistant and has practiced Dermatology for over 18 years. She graduated magna cum laude from her undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia, then completed her Physician Assistant studies at the Medical University of South Carolina. She now practices medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. She has done extensive training in the use of a dermatoscope and equally extensive training in surgical techniques for the removal of skin cancers. As her practice and skill have continued to grow, cosmetic dermatology has become a passion of hers and she devotes herself enthusiastically to continuing training to ensure she remains at the forefront of innovations with Botox, fillers, threads, and other techniques. She believes that our skin is a reflection of our overall emotional and physical well-being, and she delights in helping patients find their inner beauty.

Amy Jetter


Amy brings her whole heart to her role on the Sheperd cosmetic team.  A graduate of Elon College and the Medical College of Virginia, Amy has been a board-certified nurse for over 30 years.  Bringing her skills as an ICU nurse into her role in cosmetic patient care, Amy provides a warm, reassuring presence to all her clients, listening to their concerns and collaborating with them in a plan to bring forth and enhance their natural beauty.  A standing member of the American Association of Plastic Surgery Nurses and a past RN trainer in cosmetic and aesthetic procedures, Amy offers all types of laser treatments, botox and dermal filler injections, and chemical peels.

Melissa Mancuso

Body Contouring Specialist

Melissa has six years of experience in body contouring, beginning with her role as the CoolSculpting representative for Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Since joining the Sheperd team, she has received additional training and now offers chemical peels, Vivace micro-needling, and Diamond Glow dermal infusion. She loves helping patients feel good about their bodies and teaching them about how the various cosmetic procedures can help them achieve the results they are seeking.

Margaret Gierhart


Margaret, a South Carolina native, is a Licensed Esthetician and makeup artist with over 20 years of experience in the beauty industry. She earned a BA in Psychology from the University of South Carolina. She began her career in beauty as the resident makeup artist for Bobbie Brown cosmetics at Saks Fifth Avenue in Charleston. In order to expand her knowledge, she earned her degree in esthetics from Trident Technical College, graduating with honors. She joined the Sheperd Integrative Dermatology staff in 2014 and is certified in a wide array of cosmetic procedures and skin care products. Her offerings include laser skin resurfacing, IPL, micro-needling, chemical peels, radio frequency, laser hair removal, and body contouring. Her background in both psychology and artistry gives her a deep capacity to care for patients and understand what makes them feel beautiful. A mother of two daughters, Margaret understands beauty as not only external appearance, but also as a manifestation of the inner qualities of kindness, generosity, and well-being.

Madeline Anderson


Maddie is a board-certified Physician Assistant and a Lowcountry native. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Clemson University and then went on to earn a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the Medical University of South Carolina, graduating with highest honors. While in PA school, Maddie served as a Student Representative for the SC Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. After graduation, she completed a six-month advanced dermatology internship here at Sheperd Integrative Dermatology. She also completed the Diplomate Fellowship with the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. Maddie has a heart for medical missions and is passionate about patient education. Her free time is shared with her family, her friends, and her two fur babies!

AnnaKathryn Keiper


AnnaKathryn completed her Doctorate degree at the Medical University of South Carolina and has seven years of experience in dermatology. She has completed additional training in medical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, and functional medicine. She provides skin cancer screenings, surgical removal of skin cancers, treatment of precancerous lesions, extractions of cysts, and the treatment of acne. In the cosmetic domain, she provides laser, filler, and neurotoxin treatments. Certified through the Institute of Functional Medicine, AnnaKathryn has a special focus on wellness, including weight loss and diet consulting. She uses her expertise in this field to create an individualized program to help each of her patients achieve optimal wellness supporting them in maintaining vibrancy and vitality throughout their lifespan.

Allyson Harrell-Garrison


Ally is a board-certified Physician Assistant and a Diplomate of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, their highest rating. She is a graduate of Clemson University and earned her Master’s degree in Physicians Assistant studies at the University of Alabama; additionally, she completed a dermatology fellowship at Charlotte Dermatology in North Carolina. For more than ten years, her focus on both medical and surgical dermatology has included identifying and treating skin cancers as well as managing biologic medications for psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Ally has a strong love of surgical dermatology and she performs surgeries every day in the clinic, including excisions of cysts and skin cancers. She also loves the challenge of a difficult case! On the cosmetic side, Ally is a skilled injector of both Botox and Dysport. She sees compassion and empathy as vital qualities that she brings to all her patient interactions. She is mindful that skin cancer screenings can be frightening or overwhelming; her warm, calm manner and her focus on patient education throughout each appointment make her an outstanding clinician.
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