As I make my way to the airport for the first of my 14 flights planned for this month, I'm thinking about how much care my skin will need to manage through the harsh airplane conditions almost every other day. How do you prevent your skin from falling off when you put it through this much torture?
It isn't easy, but there are ways to avoid the worst if you come prepared. If you follow the steps in Say No To Plane Face - Step 1: Pre-Flight, the extra hydration boost prior to traveling already helps the skin deal with the low in-cabin humidity levels and protect itself from the harsh environment. What you do right before boarding and throughout the flight, though, is even more important.
Here's how to ensure that get to your destination looking fresh with in-flight skin care:
Bare Faces Are Beautiful In-Flight
Even if you rarely leave the house without makeup, and even though it might help your skin tone look even on the flight, it will likely have the opposite effect after you land. Foundation and powder can clog your pores and lead to more dryness, which is bad news. Clean your face with travel sized gentle facial wipes with antioxidants so your skin can breathe. If you forget to bring them, go to the Duty Free counter and "test" your favorite cleanser or toner. Trying something new is an option, but you never know how your skin will react, especially under the extra challenging circumstances.
Protect Your Skin From UV Rays
Not many people realize this, but if you face an open window during a flight, you actually expose yourself to wrinkle-causing UV-A rays. For pilots, 1 hour of flying is equivalent to 20 mins in a tanning bed according to research (!).
Considering you're not going to get a tan, there really is no upside to this. To shield your face, start off with moisturizing your clean face with a calming serum or face oil, and apply a deeply hydrating cream with SPF to protect you the UV-A rays as well as the dry air. This is your chance to use a rich tinted moisturizer if having completely bare skin makes you uncomfortable. I personally swear by Natura Bisse's The Cure with SPF 20. Don't forget the areas under your eyes and your lips which don't create their own moisture and need extra attention. Try Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. It's great for those with sensitive eyes and rich enough to do the job.
Moisturize Your Face Throughout The Flight
Make sure you reapply the Natura Bisse's The Cure moisturizer throughout the flight. Be mindful of how dirty many surfaces on the plane are so always make sure you clean your hands before touching your face.
Look For Healthy Hydration Products
When first testing out different products, I was encouraged to try Evian Mineral Water Spray to keep my face fresh and happy in-flight. As much as this makes sense logically, in practice it simply doesn't work. As soon as the mist dries on the skin, it actually makes it feel more dehydrated. Laws of chemistry suggest that if you overindulge and spray on too liberally, your skin's moisture is drawn out as the droplets of water evaporate from your face.
Bottom line, if you like using mists, opt for one that has hydrating properties like Caudalie Beauty Elixir and make sure you remove excess liquid with a cotton pad before it steals away the dewyness you are trying to protect.
Your Hands Need In-Flight Care, Too
Since the airplane is covered in cooties, it's good to wash your hands frequently and use hand cleansing wipes if you can't get up. Doing this keeps your hands germ free but it also dries them, so don't forget to use a repairing cream afterwards.
With all that, your skin will be flying high. Look out for Travelle's future posts about Landing Pretty for more in-transit skincare tips.