Have you ever boarded an airplane looking fabulous and landed looking like you’ve aged 10 years? Well, you’re not alone. Airplane cabins have extremely low humidity that can cause our skin to become dehydrated quickly. The re-circulated dry air in the cabin is on a search for moisture and that search usually ends with our skin being sucked dry. Not only will dry skin become drier but oily skin can become even oilier. Seems crazy, but it’s true. When skin loses its water, it tends to produce more oil to compensate for the loss. So what can we do to look after our skin? Read on to learn my few simple skincare tips for air travel.
Bring your own beauty bag
First of all, have a thorough understanding of just what you can and cannot bring with you on your flight. Pack a small clear zip-lock bag with all of your travel essentials including a hydrating cleanser, moisturiser, lip balm, hand sanitizer and hand cream. The maximum size, based on FTA guidelines is 3.4 ounces (100ml) per product. It is critical for your skin to have your favourite products on hand to apply throughout the flight. So remember to plan ahead.
Time to strip down
Ladies, do I dare say it? To help our skin, we need to avoid wearing makeup while on an airplane. If you absolutely cannot go bare faced, it’s time to make some compromises. Make sure to avoid any foundation or powders as they definitely contribute to the drying of the skin. But, I see no harm in a bit of mascara and a swipe of lip gloss. When I have to board a flight with a full face on, I always give my skin a quick cleansing in the powder room with a moisturising cleanser or make-up removing wipes and then slip quietly back into my seat.
Hydrate and protect your skin
Make sure to have your moisturiser conveniently on hand throughout the flight. This means your products must stay with you and never make it into the overhead bin. The longer the flight the more frequently you should moisturise – your skin will thank you.
Don’t forget sunscreen
Seems crazy that we would need to be concerned about the sun’s rays while sitting on an airplane but think about it—it’s when we are flying that we are the closest to the sun and, unfortunately the windows on a plane aren’t capable of filtering out the damaging UV rays. So wear your moisturiser with SPF, shut the shade and choose an aisle seat over a window seat if you can.
Stay hydrated and drink
It’s key in keeping our bodies hydrated while flying. Avoid further dehydration by skipping the alcohol and drinking lots of water. Susan Bowerman has told me to aim for a glass of water for each hour I’m in the air.
Join the mile high skincare club
When you reach your final destination, be sure to give your skin a good cleansing with a gentle facial cleanser or scrub. This will help remove the ugly, dry skin cells and excess oils that may have appeared during the flight. To really get your skin back in tiptop shape, moisturise from head to toe when you get to your hotel room or home.
Be sure to follow these easy skin care tips while traveling. Your skin will look hydrated and refreshed, and no one will ever know by looking at you that you, and your skin, have been on a very long journey.
Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife.