Traveling for vacation can be busy and stressful enough without adding breakouts and dry skin to the mix! Because airplanes use recycled air, the humidity level is a lot lower than your skin is used to - 20% humidity or less while on land the humidity is usually 30% or higher. This low humidity level produces a drop in hydration making super dry skin a very real reality. Jumpstart your skincare during flights by following some simple tips to keep your skin hydrated and fresh.
Daily 3-4 days before flight
Chemical exfoliant - use to deeply exfoliate your facial skin to remove any dead skin cells, bacteria or dirt.
Antioxidant rich serum - apply after exfoliating to protect your skin
Hyaluronic acid product - follow the serum with a product containing hyaluronic acid to boost skin hydration
Day before/day of flight
Body scrub in shower - this will help remove dirt and dead skin cells. Follow with a rich body oil.
Drink lots of water - hydrate your skin from the inside out
Rich eye cream topped with oil
Skip the makeup - but if you need a little something, use a light skin tint
Wet wipes - use them periodically to clean and refresh your body and face. Preferably use wipes with aloe or oils added to help keep your skin hydrated.
Rich cream or oil - apply every couple of hours to give your skin an extra layer of moisture
Heavy lip balm - don’t forget to take care of your lips by applying a heavy lip balm every couple of hours or when they feel dry.
Steam room - go to a steam room if the hotel you are staying in has one or just turn your bathroom into one by running hot water and sealing the gap under your closed door with a towel.
Face cream mixed with oil - after your shower, apply and massage gently in circular motions.
Night moisturizing cream or mask - apply before you go to sleep so you can up your moisture while your skin is resting
The most important thing to remember is just to keep your skin moisturized. You can tailor your flight skincare to fit your skin’s exact needs as you go. Just avoid dirt and anything that could clog your pores during your flight and cause breakouts.