How To Keep Your Skin Hydrated On A Flight

Hello Everyone,

If you’ve ever traveled by air, you probably noticed that it can take a toll on your skin! Upon landing at your destination, there’s a good chance you felt dehydrated and had dry skin. Even if you applied face and body moisturizer, spending time in pressurized cabin thousands of feet high can leave you with what’s commonly known as “airplane skin.”

It’s a well-known fact that airplane cabins have extremely low humidity, which can cause extreme dryness and dehydration in the skin and if you have oily skin, this will make it even oilier, since your skin will produce even more oil than normal in order to compensate for the loss of water. Simply, airplanes can wreak havoc for ALL skin types.

That doesn’t mean you should just give up and accept it, because there are multiple things you can do to protect your skin while flying. Keep scrolling below to see all of my tips to follow before, during, and after a flight for balanced, healthy-looking skin.

What to Do Before a Flight

It’s a good idea to apply moisturizer all over your body before heading to the airport. Consider grabbing a thicker product to hold in more moisture. 

After moisturizing, apply a sunscreen with a high SPF on your hands, arms, ears and face. 

To maximize your body’s hydration levels, make a point to drink plenty of water on your way to the airport and while you wait to board the plane. 

When you board the plane and take your seat, slather on a lip balm with SPF that contains hydrating and moisturizing ingredients like beeswax, coconut oil or shea butter.

What to Do During a Flight

Applying a few drops of well-formulated face oil every hour during your flight will dramatically help your skin retain moisture. 

Sit in a window seat so you can control the shade. Flying on an airplane is an example of incidental exposure. When you sit in a window seat, you can close the shade to protect your skin. It may seem like a minor thing, but it can make a major difference, especially if you’re a frequent flier.

Drink plenty of water, it’s always beneficial to keep your body hydrated while flying.

Get up and stretch, high altitudes can exacerbate circulation problems, which is why it’s a good idea to move around throughout a flight. Don’t sit with your legs crossed, take short walks up and down the aisle, and try to do some light stretching if you can. It will help with your overall blood circulation.

What to Do After a Flight

When arriving at your destination (hotel, home, or otherwise), cleanse your skin and use a gentle face scrub to remove dry surface cells. This is also a good trick for boosting circulation to the outer layers of your skin, helping to brighten a tired-looking complexion.

Once you’ve used your gentle face scrub, reach for a soothing face mask. This is important as it adds essential hydration back into the skin and helps brighten post-flight dullness. 

Keep your skincare routine consistent, keep things consistent and pack your go-to products. This will help keep your skin calm and clear.

Hope you enjoyed todays post! Let me know whats your travel skincare tips?

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