With the dry atmosphere in the aircraft cabin en route and a sometimes drastic change in climate on arrival, it’s no secret travel can play havoc with your skin. We sit with expert Peter Thomas Roth for a chat about his eponymous clinical skincare brand and how best to treat your skin while travelling this summer.

Your brand is inspired by your family’s Hungarian spa heritage. Is this a destination you’ve travelled to? If so, do you have any tips for people travelling to Hungary?

I make an annual trip to Hungary’s thermal springs, which are incredible. You’ve got to go! The mud and minerals are very healing and soothing, so your skin looks better and you feel better. My grandparents owned spas in Hungary for years. Men and women came from afar to soak in the mineral-rich, fountain-of-youth thermal waters. Even if you can’t make it to Hungary, you can experience all the skin care benefits of the thermal springs with my Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral-Rich Moisturizer. It’s a luxurious cream that gives you firmer, smoother, younger-looking skin in just seven days… You’re going to look gorgeous.

My favourite zip line is in Budapest. It’s also a very kid-friendly city in the summer. There’s an amazing circus, as well as great museums and public swimming pools. There’s even a 70-year-old train line called the Children’s Railway that is operated by children and runs in the Buda Hills.

What are your best skincare tips for long-haul flights?

Beauty editors have told me they swear by my 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches. The air on planes is especially drying for your skin and long flights can be tiring, but wear these while you sit back and relax and you’ll look fabulous and refreshed—easy! Another tip? Take my Water Drench® Hyaluronic Cloud Serum in your carry-on for skin that appears silky smooth, hydrated and radiant when you arrive. Now that’s what I call a perfect landing!

How should people care for their skin differently when abroad, e.g. in a particularly hot or cold climate?

I believe it’s important to stay consistent with your at-home skin care routine while you’re away, and this is why almost all of my products are available in convenient travel sizes. If you don’t have travel sizes of products, however, just buy some smaller bottles. Transfer product from your full sizes into the travel sizes and label them.

Which Peter Thomas Roth product would you recommend to take on a Luxury Escape?

My Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel is perfect for a luxury escape because it combines exfoliating Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid with brightening botanicals to help remove impurities, exfoliate and treat skin while you’re on the go. To lock in moisture, I recommend my Water Drench® Hyaluronic Cloud Cream Hydrating Moisturizer. The lightweight formula absorbs quickly and provides up to 72 hours of hydration, even after cleansing. I also love my 24K Gold Mask and 24K Gold Hydra-Gel Eye Patches, the ultimate anti-aging treatments to help lift and firm the look of skin… and impart an opulent glow.

Have you drawn inspiration from travel and different skincare techniques around the world for your products?

My Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral-Rich Moisturizer is inspired by my Hungarian heritage and travels to Hungary. It’s packed with thermal water from a secret spring in Hungary where the earth’s crust is very thin, allowing water to absorb the most minerals as it bubbles to the surface. It’s your own personal fountain of youth.

My Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask is inspired by my travels to Ireland and contains 9,000-year-old black Moor Mud that’s harvested by hand from the Irish countryside. This amazing, odorless mud has one of the highest levels of organic content in the world and helps draw out dirt, oil and impurities while delivering moisture and vitamins.

Where in the world will you be spending Christmas this year?

I’ll be visiting my mom and friends in Miami.

And finally, what are your top Christmas gift ideas for a skincare lover?

I recommend kits that include multiple products. You can give away the entire kit or use individual products as stocking stuffers. I love my Meet Your Mask and Mask Appeal kits because they include a luxurious mask for every skin concern and they are an amazing value. Use the masks individually or mix and mask together.

Peter Thomas Roth products are available exclusively at Sephora, in stores and online.


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