Up in the Air Skincare: How to protect your skin on a flight

I travel a lot so I know the struggle of trying to stop my skin from freaking out whilst on a plane. Having your daily routine thrown out the window, excessive drying from constant aircon, lack of sleep and a limit of products available to you can all cause your skin to break out or become stressed. After so many years of travel, I have devised a foolproof system that helps my skin survive both short and long haul flights.

Water: I read somewhere that for every 5 hours you are on a plane, you lose up to a liter and a half of water from your system from the dry air and constant air con. Whenever you get a chance, drink water. I recommend sipping it slowly over time instead of gulping it down when you’re already dehydrated. Your skin needs water, especially on a flight so drink up!

Sleeping mask: One of my favourite tips for surviving a long haul flight is by applying a moisturizing sleeping mask just before take off. As these masks are designed to e worn for around 8 hours, your skin will have a protective layer and have moisture added to it over the length of your flight so when you land, you will look glowy, refreshed and have beautiful plump skin. You can put a sleeping mask inside a smaller container and make sure to save enough for your return trip home.
Here’s my comparison on sleeping masks incase you’d like more information.

Sheet mask: Depending on what time my flight is, it is common for most flights to dim the cabin to allow passengers to sleep. This is the best time to apply a sheet mask as it’s dark, most sheet masks appear see through and most passengers will be asleep. I always reach for something moisturizing or soothing but it depends on whatever issues your skin may have. A sheet mask is most effective before a sleeping mask or you can put one on after you wash off your sleeping mask.

Hydrogel Patches: Much like a sheet mask, applying some hydrogel patches under your eyes can brighten and dark patches you may get from a change in routine and the stress of travel. I personally find that I always get off the flight feeling better knowing that my skin hasn’t dried out and I have protected my skin.

Warming Eye Mask: Most Asian cosmetic stores sell warming eye masks which once opened, release a warming sensation and can be scented with lavender. These masks help block out light, relax you and help you fall asleep. By getting more sleep, you will feel better when you reach your destination and your skin will thank you for it.

Lip balm: Your lips are very delicate and drying them out can cause cracking, peeling and bleeding so it’s worth protecting them. I always carry a lip balm with me when traveling and apply it as needed throughout my travels.

Travelling can really suck and sometimes you’re just going to be grumpy and uncomfortable no matter what but by following some of these ideas, at least your skin will thank you for it in the long run.
Also, when traveling, please remember to be polite and courteous to other travelers. We are all tired, annoyed and just want to reach an actual bed and eat food that doesn’t taste bland.

Happy travels!

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