How To Take Care Of Your Skin When You Are On A Long Flight?
Travelling can be both enjoyable and stressful depending on how well you are prepared for it. Having an in-flight skin-care routine is not about vanity. It is about keeping it safe and healthy because cabin pressure, recycled air and a lack of oxygen inside an aircraft can wreak havoc on your skin. You are in an environment of not the freshest air because the cabin is sealed and does not allow any air from the exterior enter. A lot of damage happens to it while flying – dehydration, dullness and increased sensitivity are the most basic things. Cabin air contains only 20 percent humidity, which is nearly half the amount that skin operates at best. That means flying can be incredibly dehydrating to the skin and can even inflame sensitive skin conditions like eczema or rosacea.
Before the flight
Repairing and rebuilding the skin barrier, both by minimizing aggressive cleansing techniques and by increasing barrier repair mechanisms is important as a prep before your flight, especially if it is longer than a couple of hours.
Before you step on to your flight, remember to wash your face well so that you clean the skin off any dirt and deposits. Make sure you have a proper bath right before you leave for the airport. Use an exfoliator or a loofah to help your skin remain clear and clean and promote circulation. Apply a body lotion or after-bath oil right after your bath.
The obvious reason for getting spots after flying is a failure to remove makeup thoroughly. Grease, dirt, and dead skin cells can build up and block your pores, but this is more of an issue for long-haul travel than for shorter flights. Do apply a moisturizer that has ceramides, or for those that have problem skin, use a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid. Use a cream based formula that your skin can absorb and not leave an oily layer behind.
During The Flight
Low humidity levels in the cabin over long distances can lead to a decrease in hydration in the outer layer of the skin, which can account for the tightness, dry eyes, and peeling some people experience. So moisturizing is a step that you should never miss. As a matter of fact, keep a small travel-size bottle of moisturizer or hand cream in your bag so you can reapply as and when needed during the flight. A hand cream is handy when you realize that you have a rough patch on your arms or face. The mere pressure in the cabin is enough to cause breakouts. Applying moisturizer in the area will immediately hydrate it and put your worries to rest. Palms and hands tend to feel extra dry for people with naturally dry skin as this is exactly when your moisturizing hand cream comes to your rescue.
Keep makeup for later. At best, you can use a tinted moisturizer. If you must use makeup, then opt for mineral or non-comedogenic make up that won’t clog your pores.
Keep yourself hydrated by drinking water. Refrain from having aerated drinks. Just plain water will help keep your skin hydrated from within. If you are on a long-haul flight, where you can sleep, you can actually apply a brightening serum while you snooze.
Try to relax when you are on a flight. Don’t be anxious. Anxiousness is known to cause excessive sweating which you definitely don’t want to deal with.
After the Flight
As soon as you land, even if you are jet-lagged — or just plain tired — do not forget to cleanse. If you have to head to a meeting from the airport, take some time to freshen up in the restrooms. Wash your face and apply a toner before you put on any make up. Also, keep the makeup water-based and light to allow your skin to get used to temperature differences.
If you can, do try and catch up on sleep. Don’t neglect that, because any additional stress will show up on your skin in the form of dullness and even breakouts.