Sunscreen should be the only thing on our minds when we pack up our travel beauty bag and head somewhere exotic. Unfortunately, stepping off of a long-haul flight with your skin in tip-top condition is easier said than done and more often than not, we disembark with a parched, unhappy complexion. Because the circulation system of an aircraft must take in breathable air from outside of the plane, flying can wreak havoc on even the healthiest of skin Hayley Gardiner, national training and education manager for EstĂ©e Lauder New Zealand explains. âThe air outside of a plane at 36,000 feet tends to be extremely dry with a humidity of only 10 to 20 per cent,â she explains. âCompared to 40 to 70 per cent humidity that most people are used to, it tends to reduce the moisture within the body.â
Ready for Takeoff
A well-prepared in-flight beauty regimen is only part of the solution says Gardiner and thereâs a lot you can do to minimise the impact flying will have on your skin before you even leave the ground. Keeping on top of your usual skincare routine, both day and night is essential but Gardiner says itâs a good opportunity to think about your skin health from the inside out and says a well-rounded diet is important in the lead up to a flight. âLoad up with water-retaining vegetables and fruit to plump up the skin from the inside out,â she suggests. Drinking plenty of water, eating whole foods, reducing your salt intake and getting eight hours of sleep should all be top of your pre-holiday beauty prep checklist. A handful of raw nuts each day will also help to boost the healthy oils in your skin Gardiner says.
Applying a hydrating face mask a day prior to flying and travelling make-up free will help your skin retain moisture during the flight says Gardiner. âBoarding a plane with a clean, fresh face loaded with hydrating products is best,â she explains. But if the thought travelling bare-faced doesnât appeal, try switching out your go-to make-up for something a little lighter. âTry BB creams, brightening concealer, cream blush, water-soluble mascara and a tinted lip gloss.â Whatever you do, Gardiner says avoid drying powders at all costs.
Up in the Air
Once youâre on the way, staying well-hydrated throughout the flight is not only good for your general well-being but is great for your skin too. âDrink plenty of water, not just when youâre thirsty and a hydrating face mist is also helpful,â suggests Gardiner. Slathering on an in-flight hydrating face mask is no longer a luxury afforded to those travelling in business class as there is a plethora of individual and sheet masks that are perfect for travel. âThese make for easy disposal with no messy face and hands to clean up. Surrounding passengers will be envious of you,â says Gardiner. Once youâre on the ground with well-cared-for, healthy skin, itâs important to keep drinking plenty of water says Gardiner. âWhen you arrive at your destination, refresh skin by cleansing it and applying your hydrating skincare regime including ANR. Donât forget the sunscreen no matter what season you are in.â