Modern Getaways Long Haul Skin Secrets
BY: ANIKA PANNU
Don’t get us wrong — we love jetting off somewhere, especially if a long-haul flight is involved, because that typically means an epic destination is in store. But, there’s a turbulent side to long-haul travel that wreaks havoc to your skin. Anyone that’s been on an airplane has most likely experienced that dry, tight feeling in the face and hands.
Cabin pressure, low humidity and poor air circulation cause your skin to become dehydrated, puffy, flaky, highly sensitive and prone to breakouts. That’s because the conditions at 30-thousand feet just aren’t ideal. Your skin is most comfortable when humidity levels are between 40 to 70-percent and cabins hover around 20-percent. Yikes.
Thankfully, there are ways you can counteract these effects so you can land with vacation-ready skin. Here, we’re highlighting the best products and tips to keep your skin looking and feeling its best during a long haul flight. Follow this and you might just step off the plane looking like you just came back from holiday instead of starting it.
hydrate before you fly
Before take off, start hydrating your body from the inside. Drink copious amounts of water even before getting to the airport. After you pass security, buy yourself a one-liter bottle of mineral water, or better yet, pack a durable, reusable water bottle that you can refill in the airport and the plane. We love this bottle by LARQ, it uses UV light to neutralizes up to 99-percent of harmful, odor-causing germs. It also zaps those germs automatically every two hours, meaning your bottle is always clean and never stinky. Perfect for travel.
2. PRIME WITH HYALURONIC ACID
Products that contain hyaluronic acid - a sugar molecule that is naturally found in the skin - has an excellent ability to mesh with water. We love Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion, an oil-free gel-cream moisturizer that provides time-released hydration. Shop it here.
3. seal in moisture with CERAMIDES
Now that you’ve added moisture, you need to seal it in. We suggest reaching for a moisturizer with ceramides, as it will act as a barrier to prevent moisture loss. It works because ceramide-containing moisturizers hold the same balance of lipids - fats - that your skin has. Neat, right? Be sure to reapply every 1-2 hours to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized.
4. protect with spf
You don’t really think about it while you’re up there, but flying puts you at a much higher risk for sun and UV exposure because you’re that much closer to the sun. That’s why while at 30-thousand feet, it’s so important to layer up with SPF. If you’re sitting by the window or flying during the day, this is especially important.
5. Keep Fresh With A Mist
For an instant boost, use a facial mist spray every hour of your long haul flight - it will act like a big glass of water for your face. Our favorite is Kiehl’s Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist. This is also a great hydrating solution for those who like to keep their makeup on while flying, as each spritz won’t mess up your look, but will provide some serious hydration.
6. Tackle other vulnerable dry spots
Now that your face is fully hydrated, you can’t forget about the rest of your body. Your eyes, lips, nose, and cuticles will become drier at these high altitudes altitudes, too. Mucus membranes dry out easily, so carrying an all-purpose balm will aid in restoring the moisture barrier and locking it in while you jet off to your next destination. We love Glossier’s Balm Dot Com for this, as it comes in multiple scents and flavors so you can use it however you please. We also suggest packing some eye drops. All that air blowing around can cause serious irritation.
BONUS FOR THE BRAVE: A FACE MASK
While wearing a nourishing face sheet may look a little scary or seem intimidating to do in public, your skin will only thank you after! The best part is they don’t require you to wash off after use, allowing your skin to drink up the moisturizing properties and is very convenient for in-flight. You face will feel fuller and plumper and is perfect for just before landing.