Summer time is here. The perfect opportunity to travel and get some R & R (rest and relaxation) time. If you are traveling by plane, you might want to follow a healthy skin care routine to avoid breakouts. How does flying really affect your skin? When traveling at high altitudes, the humidity in the air is lower than if we were on the ground. In attempts to balance this difference, humidity is drawn out of your skin, drying your skin out. Here are some of my tips to save your skin on long haul flights:
1. Prepare days before
The night before I go on a long-haul flight I like to use an exfoliating scrub. This can remove any dead skin cells which have accumulated and can prepare my skin for moisture. To then fully moisturize my skin, I will then use a moisturizing mask or sleeping mask to replenish the moisture in my skin. This is important, despite the fact I have oily skin, as the moisture will stop the overproduction of oil which can lead to breakouts.
2.Watch what you eat
Fat, sugar and salt rich are foods are very dehydrating to your body and they can increase any inflammation. Try to eat as healthily as possible and try to consume a lot of fruit. Additionally, alcohol and caffeine can also dehydrate your system, so try to drink water to re-hydrate your body. Body dehydration can lead to skin dehydration too!
3. Pack your bags right
In a carry-on bag, I always pack a hand cream, moisturizer, lip balm and any type of face mist. Seeing as these are liquids, they all need to be under 3.4 ounces, so I would suggest using smaller travel sized bottles. Then whilst I am on the plane, I would reapply these products regularly.
4.Try and use less makeup
Usually on long haul flights, I will not wear any makeup; however, if you do want to wear makeup do avoid heavy foundations and powders as these can look patchy in the drying conditions. Instead maybe use a BB or CC cream along with a cream eyeshadow and lip balm. I usually don’t wear makeup on planes as I love to regularly reapply my skin care products; however, if you do want to do this you can bring a small makeup bag with you and apply it in the restroom before reaching the end of the flight.
5.Protect your skin from the sun
Try to use either a moisturizer with an SPF or a sunscreen to protect your skin from the UV rays. The UV rays do travel through plane windows and you are closer to the sun! Additionally, your skin is more exposed to radiation, so you should use ingredients such as Vitamin E, jojoba, and olive oils.