How To Keep Your Skin Radiant Throughout A Long-Haul Flight

Recycled airplane air, environmental changes, and stressful layovers can zap radiance and moisture from skin and cause breakouts. Here are ways you can avoid them.


Before the flight:

Cabin air can suck your skin dry, so it’s important to keep your skin from dehydration. Apply a serum to seal in moisture and layer a moisturiser with SPF on top to help filter out damaging UV rays. If you have oily skin, manage sebum production by training your skin to rebalance itself with facial oil instead.

During the flight:

If it takes more than eight hours to your destination then bring your serum and sunscreen on board for reapplication as needed. Aesthetician Renée Rouleau recommends against using a face mist on board as the aircraft air will rob skin of the applied moisture. Serum or moisturisers are better options as they are more hydrating; rather than just sitting on the surface, they are designed to be absorbed by your skin. Most importantly, (as tempting as that can of soda is) stay hydrated with lots of H2O.

After the flight:

Pre-pack travel-sized bottles of your regular skincare as you’d want to avoid using hotel toiletries which may contain stuff that might disagree
with your skin. At the hotel, be sure to exfoliate, and then use a facial mask to deeply hydrate. Proceed with regular skincare. As soon as your vacation ends, book yourself a facial to correct any issues.

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