Flying can cause skin to dry out and breakout. Whenever the environment is moisture-free (as with re-circulated air in a plane cabin), the air actually draws moisture from wherever it can, including the skin. Dry skin will tend to get drier and oily skin will get even oilier to compensate for dehydration.
Here are a five simple tricks to ensure flawless skin before and after your journey:
1. Apply a serum and sunscreen before boarding your flight – Airplane cabins have low humidity, so applying a serum that delivers enhanced hydration and protection is vital. You want to apply a sunscreen over the serum to filter damaging UV rays, because you are closer to the sun when flying (even though you may not be in direct sunlight), skin is still exposed to harmful rays. Use a moisturizer with SPF 15+ for added protection.
2. Don’t mist your skin with a hydrating spray during flight – When the air is dry, it looks for water wherever it can. So, when you spray your skin with a mist on a plane, the air literally robs skin of the applied moisture. Basically, misting mid-flight really doesn’t do much at all. Instead, try applying another layer of moisturizer as it is much more hydrating and absorbed into the skin.
3. Drink plenty of water – While drinking water isn’t the most efficient way to hydrate the skin, it’s important for the health of your cells.
4. After flying, use a mild facial scrub or light acid peel to remove surface dry skin cells that have accumulated – Be sure to avoid facial scrubs containing natural grains such as apricot kernels, walnut husks, and almonds, as the sharp edges can scratch and irritate the skin. Instead, use scrubs containing polyethylene, jojoba beads, or micro-beadlets. To add back essential hydration and brighten the skin from post-flight dullness, apply a gel mask that is both calming and deeply hydrating, so skin gets the moisture it needs. Just leave it on for 15 minutes, rinse well, and apply moisturizer.
5. Be sure to blot – If oily skin is dehydrated, oil production increases to combat dryness. Dry skin can create surface dead skin cell build-up, which, if not removed post-flight by using an exfoliating product, can cause oil and bacteria to be trapped under the skin, resulting in an increase of breakouts a day or two after flying. On longer flights, it’s important to blot skin with tissue or oil-blotting papers to reduce oil and acne-causing bacteria. When you arrive at your destination, immediately exfoliate and cleanse to keep skin clear.