5 travel essentials to take on your next flight
Did you know that plane cabins are as dry as most deserts? Here are five beauty essentials you need to keep your skin hydrated — even at 30,000 feet in the air.
Travel does amazing things for the soul, but not always so much for your skin. Flying, especially, can be incredibly taxing. When you put cabin dryness, high altitudes, and lack of sleep all together, it’s no wonder planes are the bane of radiant, healthy-looking skin. Start your holiday with a picture-perfect glow just by taking a bit of extra care on the flight.
Before you start touching your face, make sure your hands are squeaky clean. Start by cleansing your face with an oil or emulsion type cleanser to gently remove makeup and impurities so you have a clean base to work with.
At 30,000 feet, cabin air is as dry as most deserts.
The single most important skincare step when you’re flying is keeping your skin moisturised. At 30,000 feet, the air inside a cabin has a humidity of around 20% (that’s as dry as most deserts!) which makes for seriously dehydrated skin that can look dry, flaky, or ashy. A comfortable level of humidity for your skin hovers between 45-60%. Here are some ways to prevent moisture loss while you’re in the air.
Combat extreme dryness
Plane cabins are usually drier than most deserts! Swipe right to see easy ways you can tackle in-air dryness for glowing vacation skin.
Get your mask on
Sheet masks drench your skin in intense hydration quickly. Slip one on for 15 minutes and relax away.
Maintaining your skin’s moisture levels is key, so a quick spritz whenever you’re feeling dry will keep your skin happy and healthy.
Cover it up
Didn’t get to moisturise before you dozed off? No problem. Use a CC Cream that doubles up as sun protection when you get off the plane for a dewy, radiant finish.
Bring out the big (water) guns
A sheet mask will infuse your skin with a concentrated dose of hydration (and other benefits) in a single application, and is incredibly handy and easy to use. Leave on for 5-15 minutes to instantly restore hydration while you’re reclined and watching an inflight movie. Never fall asleep with it on or the mask will start drawing moisture back from your skin as it dries out.
Prevent moisture loss
If your skin is dry it requires oil, but if it’s dehydrated it needs water. On the plane, you’re probably dealing with both. Look for a richer moisturiser with occlusive ingredients that creates a barrier to seal in the moisture. Apply this after you have removed your hydrating sheet mask, and reapply as needed. If you’re planning on putting on makeup when you land, moisturising with a thin layer will also prime your skin as a flawless base.
Reapply whenever you need
Hydrating face mists are perfect for touch-ups while travelling. Spritz this every time your skin starts to feel dry. Close your eyes and mouth and hold the mist about 20cm away from your face, then use a facial tissue to pat in the moisture. Don’t spray and sleep — leaving excess moisture on your skin to evaporate can dry out your skin even further. Some mists can penetrate your makeup to lock in moisture too.