Looking flawless after a long flight? Well, it is possible! Whether you are heading home to visit your family or escaping to an exotic overseas vacation, most of us have plane travel on the books this holiday season. Flight journeys can be a real drag as it can dry out your skin, the lack of moisture or very little oxygen in enclosed or encapsulated environment in the plane’s recirculated or recycled air actually can pull water out of the top layer of your skin, which can result in dryness and inflammation. Not to forget, the stress of travel on its own can aggravate pesky skin problems. So, how can we avoid arriving at our destination with dull and dry skin? All you travelers need intense moisturizing during long air travel to give your skin the room to deal with the low humidity.

Folks, when it comes to the seriously long haul, flights over six hours it is imperative to take care of your skin. And while you are at it, watch out for turbulence and don’t shy away from looking silly! Here’s how you can keep your flight entertaining and walk off the plane as a glowing goddess instead of a zombie! 

In-flight beauty regimen to avoid dehydration and tight skin.

  1. The makeup has to come off before you get comfortable on that seat. Avoid wearing makeup to flight.
  2. Give your face a few good spritzes or rose water post makeup removal session, for extra layer of hydration and to be a fence between your face and the nasty recycled air.
  3. If you have puffiness or swelling in your eyes, try using ice or even a soda can on the area.
  4. Slather on a translucent sleeping or overnight face mask, soothing eye patches they hydrate the skin for hours. You can also apply a hydrating lip balm. Don’t we all love a beauty sleep on the go?
  5. For natural DIY packs, you can get sliced cucumbers and put them on your eyes. While for the skin you can apply some organic aloe vera gel, shea butter, whole milk cream or honey to keep the skin hydrated.
  6. After hydrating your skin from the outside, how about hydrating it from within? It is time to steer clear of coffee, alcohol and aerated drinks, rather energize yourself by embracing water, herbal tea, green tea, flavoured water, fresh juices or electrolyte-replenishing beverages no matter how tempting the mini-bottles of diet sodas or liquor can be. Remember to have one regular sized or half litre bottle of water per hour in flight lest you are left dehydrated.
  7. Also stay away from salt and junk food to avoid bloating. Carry along plain unsalted nuts, fruits, yogurt, kale salad to feel fresh, light and easy. Embrace anti-oxidant rich snacks to counter the radiation and keep toxins away.
  8. If possible avoid watching movies or chatting up with your neighbor instead get in some sleep to ward off jet lag, besides your skin looks best when it is rested and rejuvenated. Getting some quality sleep in a flying tin can pretty uplifting we bet!
  9. After a good sleep and slightly closer to your destination, try to mist or wipe your skin gently, it will refresh your face from the stale air and add more hydration.
  10. Don’t be scared of slathering yourself with face oil or rehydrating serum, regardless of your skin type as they work to add sheer moisture back to your skin, rebalancing the skin’s way of oil production and making it look less slick. You may focus on your cheeks, forehead, and chin, gently massaging it into your skin.
  11. Time to prep your skin and look fresh faced for the outside weather, so you should mist and wipe your face clean. Apply moisturizer and your SPF as a base and then your makeup, blend it well.

Avoid Skin Ageing During Flight Travels

Divya Mehta, of Epique gives us a few guidelines on inflight skincare.
‘The suitcase lies open. Last minute packing is just that. Last minute. You run through the checklists in your head. Whether it is for business or a much-awaited holiday, air travel has become a part of our lives. But, like most things in the modern world, flying too has its effects on mature skin. Here are 4 things to do to maintain that perfect skin for your next flight.

1. The UV Moisturizer and serum probably don’t make the cut to fly in the front with you and are most likely packed into the check in luggage. In-flight conditions are extremely drying and your skin needs to be constantly hydrated. So make sure you include these in your handbag. Most brands now carry travel size options that are easily available. Remember to always pack a broad-spectrum UVA and UVB moisturizer, skin oil, good quality facial wipes, your favorite Serum, eye cream and a lip balm.

2. Hydrate and Nourish your skin with a Serum
Since airplane cabins have low humidity, low pressure and are dry, the recycled air robs moisture from your epidermis (the top layer of the skin). This makes your skin look shallow, dry and tired. To help your skin, the best thing to do is to load your skin with as much hydration pre-flight as possible. Prep your skin with a serum to hydrate and nourish it before applying your UV moisturizer. This will help lock in moisture and get your skin flight ready.

3. UV Protection is a Must
: The most important product in today’s urban conditions is a minimum SPF 30, broad spectrum UVA and UVB moisturizer. This becomes even more of a necessity as you fly at 30,000 feet above sea level. The intensity of UV rays on an airplane is twice that as found on the ground. In fact for every additional 3000 feet increase in altitude, there is a 15% increase in the amount of UV radiation. Airplane windows filter only the UVB rays but only minimally filter the more harmful UVA rays. So don’t forget to apply that UV moisturizer liberally on the face, neck as well as the sides of the neck. Another option is to apply mineral powder with SPF protection. However, a moisturizer is more effective for mature skin.

4. Opt for an Aisle Seat: 
UV radiation is the number one cause of premature ageing, wrinkles and pigmentation. So try and opt for an aisle seat whenever possible. By sitting away from the window and avoiding the direct harsh rays of the sun, you avoid the sun’s harmful effects on mature skin. If you do find yourself on the window seat, try and keep the shade down as much as possible.’

Bon Voyage!


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