Travel Essentials for Dry Skin can seem difficult flights can cause dry skin, here’s what you can do about it.
Fact: Airplane air dries out your skin.
When you’re flying high at 30,000 feet above the ground, the air is much less humid than the normal levels your skin is accustomed to. Typically the skin is comfortable at 40 to 70 percent, but humidity levels on a plane cabin are at 20%– less than half of what’s normal. As a result, our skin works harder to grab onto moisture. The water inside skin cells is drawn out, making dry skin feel even drier long after you’ve landed. Oily skin is not safe either, because oil production will go on turbo drive to compensate for the lack of air moisture.
While your skin will recover from the dryness within a day or so after your flight, you really don’t want to risk breaking out, especially while you are traveling. So, how do you keep airplane air from stealing your glow? Have a reliable pre-flight and post-flight skincare plan. Check out my very simple travel essentials for dry skin. I personally use these each time I fly!
Pre-flight: Dry Skin Remedy Here’s What To Do
Use a good sunscreen moisturizer
You might be thinking, “I know the moisturizer is for dryness, but why should I wear a sunscreen inside a plane?” Simple. You’re closer to the sun when you’re up in the clouds. UV rays will be more intense, and they’ll trickle through the window and cause damage to your skin. So slap on a good sunscreen moisturizer to protect the skin from arid air and harmful sun rays.
PJ tip: Book a window seat so you can close the window shade. Block those UV rays out!
Drink water, LOTS of it
Post-flight puffiness – you know this all too well. Water retention, which is the build-up of excess fluids in the body, happens in a flight because of inactivity and increased salt intake (thanks, in-flight snacks!). Drink plenty of water before and during your trip to combat dehydration and prevent the body from conserving excess fluids.
Don’t use your face mist in-flight
“Wait, don’t face mists help hydrate the skin?” Well, yes, they do. But not if you’re flying. Water attracts water, meaning when you spray your face, the water on the surface takes out the water from the inside of your skin. The result? All that water just evaporates into the air, making your skin feel even tighter and drier. The better in-flight skin treatment is a facial oil as it retains moisture more effectively. When I’m on a long-haul flight, I like to apply Oh It's Natural hemp all over oil every hour to maintain skin suppleness.
Now that the pre-flight skincare plan is set let’s talk about what to do after you land.
Post-Flight: How to Get Rid of Dry Skin After Landing
If your balance has been thrown off during the flight. Using these quick travel essentials for dry skin can help a lot. So once you’ve settled in your hotel or wherever you’re staying, it’s a good idea to take some time before bed to reset the skin. Let’s have a mini facial, shall we?
Step 1: Exfoliate
On your freshly-cleansed face, exfoliate with a gentle scrub like a natural Hemp + Sugar scrub. This will effectively get rid of oil and bacteria build-up accumulated during your flight. After exfoliating, your skin will be able to effectively absorb the nutrients in the face mask we’re going to use in the next step.
Step 2: Apply a mask
It’s mask time! I always enjoy putting on a face mask and feeling all the good stuff seeping into my skin.
After you rinse off your exfoliator, apply a soothing mask to restore hydration levels and instantly brighten post-flight dull dry skin. I recommend using a honey mask because of it's anti-bacterial properties. By the time you have reached your destination, your face has been exposed to dirt and grime (hello, dirty airports!), so you need to get all that off to keep blemishes at bay. A honey and lavender face mask is also a great one to calm, repair, and deeply hydrate the skin.
Leave the mask on for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and follow with your favorite moisturizer.
With a pre-flight and post-flight skincare strategy, you can keep your skin hydrated, balanced, and protected from dry airplane air.