Taking Care Of Your Skin When Flying
Flying can wreak havoc on your skin. Dry, recycled air with extremely low humidity, results in dehydration and inflammation. For most peoples skin, 40-70% humidity is ideal; cabin air can reach lows of 10%.
This dehydration leads to excessive oil production as your skin tries to regulate itself, causing congestion and breakouts. Additionally, the higher altitude reduces blood circulation, leading to a sallow and dull appearance.
All this is pretty daunting, but thankfully a good in-flight skincare plan will ensure that you walk off the plane GLOWING! I've made a list of my top recommendations to keep your skin healthy and happy when you fly:
Avoid The Free Alcohol
I know, I know. Probably the last thing you wanted to see on this list, but alcohol ultimately dehydrates your body and skin, and causes an inflammatory response in the body. My advice? Swap the alcohol out for herbal tea, and LOTS of water. Trust me, your body will thank you for it.
Go Make-Up Free
If you can, fly with clean skin. Going without make-up on a flight will allow your skin to breathe, and will make the rest of your in-air skincare routine a whole lot easier when you don't have to go and cleanse your face before applying products.
Use A Mist
Hydrating mist-sprays are ideal for plane travel. They provide your skin with extra hydration, enhance penetration of your other skincare products, and help to mitigate the effects of the dry cabin air. I love Clear Plus by Osmosis - this mist contains hydrating Hyaluronic Acid, soothing Panthenol, and has antibacterial properties.
Pack Travel Sizes
Bring travel-sized versions of your favourite skincare products for on the plane. Hydrating serums, a facial oil, and a nourishing moisturiser are ideal.
Mask It Up
Sheet masks are my go-to when flying. They'll earn you a few weird looks from fellow passengers, but I promise you it's worth it. If sheet masks aren't your thing, the Mango Mask by Osmosis Skin is fantastic - rich in essential fatty acids from nut butter and mango butter, this mask is incredibly nourishing and creates a barrier to protect your skin from moisture loss.