How to Avoid Dehydrated Skin on Your Next Flight

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Words by Emma Tiernan
June 11th, 2018

When it comes to flying, we all know that it is no friend to our skin. The dry cabin air causes it to become dry, flaky and red as a result of dehydration. However, dehydration not only affects our skin, it also takes a toll on the rest of the body. For example, did you ever hear that you should drink a Bloody Mary on a flight because it tastes better in the air rather than on land? That is because dehydration even affects your taste buds, so much so that you cannot taste as much as you can on land. While this may not be key to skin health, it just goes to show how important it is to look after your skin both from the inside and the outside to combat the stress travelling can have on your complexion. The more prepared you are for your flight(s), the easier it will be on your skin.

To prepare for the impending in-flight dehydration, drink plenty of water to keep your hydration levels up and stay away from those irresistible salty airplane snacks (you can always keep them for later). When it comes to the outside, it’s recommended not to wear makeup while you travel, however, making your way through the airport barefaced isn’t always a viable option so removing your makeup once you get on the flight is the next best thing. Take hydrating products on the plane with you and treat your skin to a mini facial as soon as you fasten your seatbelt- if people look at you weirdly just remember you’ll be the one laughing when your skin comes out the other side looking hydrated and bright.

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Cleansing Water

If you are going to wear makeup pre-flight then make sure to bring a cleansing water such as Bioderma Micellar Water to easily remove your makeup once you are onboard. Even if you are travelling barefaced to begin with, giving your face a quick once over with the cleanser will help remove any impurities before you continue with the rest of your in-flight skincare routine.

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Bringing some hydrating serums can help keep your skin in check. With how dry the air is your skin will drink up every last piece of moisture it can get. Using a serum that also helps to alleviate and soothe stressed-out skin is key here as it will help prevent any impending breakouts travelling might cause.

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Hydrating Sheet Mask

You may get a few stares if you pop on a sheet mask and sit back to watch a movie but we can guarantee a lot of people will be envious that they didn’t think of it themselves. Using a hydrating sheet mask will help lock in the serums in your skin and help add even more hydration.

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It may sound obvious but after the sheet mask, make sure to apply a generous amount of moisturiser- even more than you would normally use. Your skin will drink it up so don’t be afraid to lather it on and reapply at a later stage if you’re travelling on a long-haul flight.

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Lip Balm

Taking care of your lips is also important, making sure your lips don’t dry out and start to crack, we all know how painful that can be! Glossier’s Balm Dot Com is the best multi-purpose lip balm. As a skin salve you can pop it on anywhere that is feeling a little bit dry including your hands and cuticles.

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Overnight Mask

If you are on a long-haul flight or a red-eye, then opting for a hydrating overnight mask is a brilliant idea. Apply it after you have done your mini facial, slip on an eye mask and doze off knowing your skin is being continuously hydrated.

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Face Mist

By now we have established that airplanes are moisture sucking monsters so having a face mist that you can spritz your face with every so often is key to keeping the moisture in your skin while ensuring it looks rejuvenated when you land.