Hydrating your skin in flight mode
We all need a little help when it comes to avoiding the dreaded dehydrated skin that comes with flying.
Like desert air – which is notoriously harsh and contains very little moisture to speak of – in-flight conditions are extremely punishing on the skin. Both have the same ultra-low levels of humidity, and are 50% drier than normal air. That’s why long stretches at high altitude can cause any skin type and every complexion to look dreary and dehydrated well before the destination is reached. By the time you’ve climbed above 30,000 feet, the high altitude may also decrease the blood flow to skin, giving your complexion a dull, lacklustre appearance.
To discover how to keep your skin well-hydrated and refreshed while flying, our skincare expert Helen Robb-Lacey, head of endota Wellness College, reminds us of the easy essentials to put on our checklist the next time when travelling by plane. Helen’s advice is particularly important during those long-haul flights when moisture levels take a nosedive.
How to hydrate your skin from take-off to touch down
As Helen Robb-Lacey explains, "Flying can take a real toll on the skin. The atmosphere on board has very little moisture. Dry cabins and recycled air can dehydrate your dermis, increase oil production, and exacerbate acne in all skin types. And of course, the longer the flight, the longer your skin is being compromised in this harsh, unforgiving environment."
This lack of humidity associated with air travel often leads to flaky skin that is prone to redden and become inflamed. "This not only affects the complexion," says Helen, "the recycled air also causes eyes and mucous membranes to dry out. It’s common to also suffer from cracked lips, blocked noses, sinus problems and split cuticles."
The simplest and most effective way to keep well-hydrated internally is by drinking plenty of water before, during and after your flight. "But steer clear of caffeine, and take a pass on the drinks trolley as well – coffee and alcohol can also suck out more moisture from your skin.”
Helen also suggests the use of skin-quenching mists, masks and moisturisers during your flight. "These are of enormous benefit as they help revive and lock-in moisture, assisting the skin to combat the controlled air environment. Look for travel-size skincare or sample packs, and remember to check with your airline regarding carry-on allowances."
A luxurious yet easy way to restore hydration and keep skin glowing is with the use of a jade roller, paired with your favourite serum. This simple face massaging technique will promote blood flow and lymph drainage. Your moisture levels will be replenished, and fluid retention and puffiness visibly reduced.
What many of us don’t realise is that the greatest damage to the complexion will be most evident in the following days and weeks after a flight. Helen warns, "You may see more breakouts, more flakiness and an increase in sensitivity. But if you keep internally and externally hydrated while you’re in the air, you will definitely reduce the overall negative effects on the skin, and your complexion will recover more quickly from the experience."
Another benefit of keeping your body and skin well-quenched while flying is that jetlag and travel sickness are diminished. Try taking short naps, or listening to a guided meditation during your flight. It will relax your mind and senses, and revitalise your body systems, allowing for healthier skin and enhanced wellbeing once you’ve landed.
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