If you’ve got a holiday coming up, you’ve probably been doing a bit of shopping for your holiday outfits and makeup. But how about your skin care? We think packing the right skin care products is just as important as your summer wardrobe. It’s not often talked about but air travel can actually be detrimental to your skin health. We explain how, why and what you can do to protect your skin. We’ve got some beauty secrets and skin care travel essentials to ensure your skin is at its absolute best.
What Happens To Your Skin On a Flight?
When you’re in an aeroplane, your skin can dry out and feel parched or equally it can break out. Essentially, whatever skin type you have becomes enhanced during a flight.This is because the environment inside a plane cabin is moisture-free and the re-circulated air draws moisture from wherever it can. That includes your skin. So, dry skin will feel stripped of moisture and oily skin can potentially become even oilier to compensate for dehydration.
What Are The Beauty Secrets to Remedy Aeroplane Skin?
There are a few things you can do before, after and during your flight to help prevent skin from becoming your worst nightmare.
Before the Flight
Enhance hydration prior to your flight by applying a Hyaluronic Acid serum like the Pure Hydration or Advanced B5 Hydration. An effective serum can penetrate deeper into the epidermis, providing exceptional hydration and nourishment to the skin as well as an occlusive seal to help skin retain its moisture.What’s more, Hyaluronic Acid attracts and maintains hydration to hold 1000 times its weight in water. Perfect for the low humidity and dry air of an aeroplane cabin.
During the Flight
There are several beauty secrets to keep skin fresh during your flight:
- If it’s feeling parched, you can simply try applying another layer of moisturiser to hydrate the skin.
- Plus, be sure to keep drinking plenty of water as it’s important the keep skin cells healthy and working efficiently.
- If you have oily skin, you need to keep skin moisturised as well, otherwise, if skin feels dehydrated, excessive oil production can occur as a means to compensate and rehydrate the skin. Furthermore, oil is a breeding ground for bacteria and the increased oil may provoke further breakouts.
- On long-haul flights, you may want to blot skin with blotting papers or tissues to help control oily skin and keep it at bay, avoiding acne-causing bacteria from forming.
After the Flight
Use a gentle skin exfoliator to remove the old skin cells that will have likely accumulated during your flight. If you’ve noticed your skin often looks dull and lacklustre after a flight, exfoliating will help promote cell renewal and revive your skin to look fresher. Using an exfoliant with ingredients such as Jojoba Beads can help brighten skin whilst also provided much-needed hydration.
Expert Tip: Avoid harsh scrubs that use grains such as apricot kernels as these can irritate and damage the skin.
You can also indulge your skin a little with a face mask, to give the nourishment and TLC it needs.