Recycled air, chemicals and a cruising altitude of 30,000 feet are torture for your skin. I can always tell when my clients have traveled a lot because their skin will inevitably show signs of damage. However, the good news is there are many ways to protect your skin on every flight. Here are 3 things to do no matter what every time you are in the air.
On average the moisture hydration level in plane is only 10% so your skin is going to need as much hydration as possible. There are a few options to obtain optimal moisture for air travel:
- For long trips, I recommend removing your makeup after boarding, cleanse your face and apply a hydrating mask. Just before landing, remove the mask and apply your daily serums and moisturizer and SPF if needed.
- For shorter trips, apply a hydrating serum and heavier moisturizer before leaving the house.
- However long your trip, I always recommend packing a rose hydrating spray that can you continuously apply right in your seat as needed. Your neighbors will enjoy the scent too!
Protect Your Eyes
Because of the lack of circulation in the body while flying and the sleep deprivation that comes with travel, our eyes can suffer. Before you notice that the eye area has become sensitive or puffy, apply a serum followed by an eye cream to lock in the moisture. Also, ask your steward or stewardess for some ice and apply it to the eye area before sleeping and after awakening. This really helps to reduce redness, irritation and inflammation. I travel with a small travel ice bag so I don’t have to use a plastic bag or tissue to put the ice onto my skin. As a bonus, you can use the ice all over your face to increase circulation!
Don’t Forget Your Lips
My lips always get super dry and chapped on planes. I always bring my favorite lip exfoliator, Bliss Fabulips Sugar Scrub in my carry on bag. I exfoliate prior to boarding, and then apply 100% organic raw shea butter on my lips and hands during flight. Shea butter is known as a miracle beauty balm and I will never travel without it. Raw, unrefined shea butter contains vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A and E, as well as essential fatty acids that keep skin super hydrated and happy! I also like recommending products that have multiple uses when on the go and shea butter can be used all over the body.