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. â€śThe 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€ť she explains. â€śCompared to 40 to 70 per cent humidity that most people are used to, it tends to reduce the moisture within the body.â€ť
Ready for Takeoff
A well-prepared in-flight beauty regimen is only part of the solution says Gardiner and thereâ€™s 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 itâ€™s 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. â€śLoad up with water-retaining vegetables and fruit to plump up the skin from the inside out,â€ť 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. â€śBoarding a plane with a clean, fresh face loaded with hydrating products is best,â€ť she explains. But if the thought travelling bare-faced doesnâ€™t appeal, try switching out your go-to make-up for something a little lighter. â€śTry BB creams, brightening concealer, cream blush, water-soluble mascara and a tinted lip gloss.â€ť Whatever you do, Gardiner says avoid drying powders at all costs.
Up in the Air
Once youâ€™re 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. â€śDrink plenty of water, not just when youâ€™re thirsty and a hydrating face mist is also helpful,â€ť 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. â€śThese make for easy disposal with no messy face and hands to clean up. Surrounding passengers will be envious of you,â€ť says Gardiner. Once youâ€™re on the ground with well-cared-for, healthy skin, itâ€™s important to keep drinking plenty of water says Gardiner. â€śWhen you arrive at your destination, refresh skin by cleansing it and applying your hydrating skincare regime including ANR. Donâ€™t forget the sunscreen no matter what season you are in.â€ť