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May 24th, 2007, 06:25 PM
This article is more for women, cross-dressers, and traveling actors -- but I've been meaning to start a general topic on the 3-oz rule, and this is a good... err... launching pad.*

Getting Around the 3-Ounce Rule

By Leslie Baumann, M.D. (http://health.yahoo.com/experts/skintype/bio;_ylt=AnWin8Z9hVo83cYKIDD8z2jd1IZ4)

(May 17, 2007)

I fly at least once a month - and I never want to check my bags. Trouble is, I have very dry, sensitive skin and cannot use hotel products.

So how do I limit myself to three-ounce bottles and fit everything in that (zip-top, quart-size) plastic bag we're limited to these days? Here are some tips I've learned to save my skin - and my time.

1. Yes, toothpaste counts. Put a travel size tube in your plastic bag to start.

2. Remember, the rule is that containers can't be larger than three ounces - so don't try to bring the remaining three ounces of a six-ounce shampoo bottle.

3. Your eye cream can double as a nighttime facial cream (that's what I do when I'm traveling). Similarly, a separate eye cream isn't absolutely necessary - just pat your regular moisturizer around your eye area. Let your products do double duty.

4. Look for stick foundation, rather than liquid, so your makeup doesn't take up valuable space in the plastic bag.

5. Bring lipsticks and lip balms instead of glosses to save even more space.

6. Avoid liquid eyeliners and eye shadows - stick to powders to avoid problems.

7. This is the one time you will hear me recommend a bar soap for the face (but look for the gentlest you can find). These don't need to go in the bag.

8. Save your favorite perfume samples or visit a department-store perfume counter and pick some up before you leave. They're a huge space saver.

9. Going to be outdoors during your trip? Buy sunscreen when you arrive. Not only will you save precious room in your luggage, you'll ensure that the sunscreen is at maximum potency (unlike years-old tubes you might have lying around the house).

10. One thing you should never skimp on when flying is hydration. Look for small spray bottles of water that you can mist on your face during the flight. Follow that up with moisturizer, and you'll lock in moisture to fight the effects of airplane air.

Finally, take inexpensive, small items that you won't mind leaving behind. Flying internationally? Think of it as freeing up room to shop the duty-free stores on your way home.

I always buy color cosmetics and perfumes duty-free - it's cheaper, and your purchases aren't subject to the liquid and gel rules when you buy them after you've cleared security. (Charles de Gaulle in Paris and the airport in Vancouver, Canada, have the best duty-free shops, in my opinion)

Wishing you great skin!
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Dr. Baumann is author of the best-selling book, "The Skin Type Solution (http://shopping.yahoo.com/p:The%20Skin%20Type%20Solution::3004480427;_ylt=At TBUkrnssck3UV3tKkhXd7d1IZ4)." To learn more about her revolutionary skin typing system, visit her Web site (http://us.lrd.yahoo.com/_ylt=AvKy3vgIjR36Sxy9eNgQ5UXd1IZ4/SIG=11bhjg2hn/**http%3a//www.skintypesolutions.com/yahoo). Many of Dr. Baumann's recommended skin care products (http://us.lrd.yahoo.com/_ylt=Avlbz6O4tHOM8TtVqHAW6E_d1IZ4/SIG=11b33hqml/**http%3a//www.skintypesolutionsstore.com/) are available there, and a portion of proceeds goes to The Dermatology Foundation.


*Introducing my 3-Groan Rule: If 3 or more members groan at a Punzi pun the first week it's posted, I delete it.;)

May 24th, 2007, 06:42 PM
Speaking of airport security, I found it a little disconcerting that I was not once asked to remove my baseball cap as I was going through security for my last two flights.

I could have had liquids up the kazoo in some kind of container underneath my hat and would have easily passed security.

May 24th, 2007, 07:03 PM
what stops people putting some container of liquid up their keister?

May 24th, 2007, 08:51 PM
This is some excellent advice i will make good use of when i fly in 6 weeks. I don't normally wear makeup, but guess i can make an exception just this once.

May 25th, 2007, 09:14 AM
I think the plastic bag thing is a little annoying.

That and the 3oz containers, etc etc etc. Quite honestly, placed right even 3oz's of the volitile reactants would be enough to blow a hole in the fuselage, so why are they making it so hard for everyone to fly when most things don't really help that much?

May 26th, 2007, 05:28 AM
what stops people putting some container of liquid up their keister?

Touche~ And we women have twice the buying power.:p

It's just another gimmick by the government to help us feel "secure" -- like they've put in a monumental regulation that will save all our lives...

I feel less secure; I'm thinking, "Is this the best they can do?"

People who aren't afraid to be suicide bombers sure aren't afraid to stuff liquid containers into their body crevices.

May 26th, 2007, 06:03 AM
. . . I was not once asked to remove my baseball cap as I was going through security for my last two flights.

You just gave me an idea -- wigs and hair pieces! Big hair is coming back, you know...

*Second light bulb moment*

Those big, hallow doughnut tubes, (sold in the beauty products section in stores), that women wrap their hair around to make chignons. For that librarian look, you know. Mine holds about 8 ounces.

(Then again, I could wrap my hair around a 16-oz bottle and nobody would notice.)

*Another light bulb moment*

Those old-fashioned "falsies" bras, jock straps and derriere-enhancers. The ones with the foam stuffing bits. Unstuff... then re-stuff, like a turkey.



May 26th, 2007, 02:55 PM
I'm probably more particular about my cosmetic products than everyone on this board combined, so let me share my secret of how to deal with airport security: I check my bags.

May 27th, 2007, 12:44 AM
I'm probably more particular about my cosmetic products than everyone on this board combined...

Yes, you held the record until I joined this site.;)

I've deemed that no cosmetic product is good enough for me. Until the industry meets my standard, I'm boycotting it.

June 12th, 2007, 11:55 AM
Added idiocies:

European airports do not have the shoe removal requirements. One of the DUMBEST things i have seen is a security attendant forcing an old lady take off her SANDALS!

We have to stop this crap or just forbid carry-on luggage altogether and have people come to the airports in bathrobes and slippers.

Also, European airports have only ONE carry-on. If you transfer in Europe, you may need to check in the #2 that JFK/Newark allowed you to bring with you.

Noone tells you this, of course.

Rhetorical question:

If the plastic knives they give you on the plane are enough to cut meat (any meat) then why do they not allow nail-clippers with the file attachment? Worried that someone is going to "Bourne" and hold everyone at bay with threats of a manicure to the jugular? :p

June 13th, 2007, 09:25 PM
The scary thing is that all of these inane security checks are seemingly pointless now that every new terror plot arrest seems to involve a baggage handler, or some sort of airport worker with security clearance. How about securing the guys with access to the planes first --- then we'll worry about grandma's nail clipper.