It is a thrill to anticipate, and still – I’m a bit apprehensive. 😉
Air travel can still be a brutish experience. An extended flight in an airplane’s low-humidity, pressurized interior, followed by exposure to a climate that may be vastly different from what you’re used to, can wreak havoc on your body.
Cabin air is drier than the world’s driest deserts. It’s like 10 percent humidity. That’s a very harsh environment, not just on your face but on your entire body. An environment like that, with no moisture, can make your skin look five to 10 years older.
When the skin has no water, it attempts to compensate for the dehydration by producing more oil—which is the last thing that oily skin needs. But for dry skins that have no oil glands, the skin will be depleted of its water content.
Add to that the inevitable experience of jet lag, often mixed with immodest amounts of caffeine or alcohol, pre-flight stress, high-fat meals eaten in a hurry at airport fast-food outlets, and hours of breathing the germ-laden air in the airplane cabin; and it’s no wonder travelers often deplane dehydrated, with dry, blotchy skin, puffy eyes, and swollen ankles.
Complicating matters are new airline security regulations that limit the liquids passengers can carry on. Yet, despite all these gorillas waiting to pound your skin, savvy travelers can still do a lot to lessen the negative impacts.
The moral: traveling is especially tough on skin, so spend a little time anticipating what you’ll need to take care of your self.
So, before I talk myself out of going, let me suggest a few things I carry at Star Brows, that you (and I) will need to keep our skin healthy, hydrated and happy 🙂
- Moisturizing and hydrating skincare products (in plastic bags in case they leak). Look for serums using ingredients like Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone and Hyaluronic Acid to lock in moisture.
My picks: Hydrate & Hydrating Body Tonic by Tu’el – I call these “under-wear” because they hold onto the moisture that is naturally occurring in your skin, and you typically wear them under sunscreen, night cream and body lotion – especially if you are very dry.
- A facial mist to instantly hydrate (carry on, and spritz your face when you feel dry).
My pick: Climate Control by Senegence
- Lip Conditioner containing shea butter, which not only adds to the protective barrier but also locks in moisture.
My pick: Glossy Gloss by Senegence (the moisturizing part of the long-lasting, top-selling duo – LipSence.)
- Foot cream! 1. To keep your feet in tip-top shape. 2. To have an excuse to massage them.
My pick: Smooth by OPI – it is a no-rinse way to moisturize and exfoilliate.
- Sunscreen, one for the face and one for the body.
My pick: Sun Diffusing Protector by Bioelements and SPF 30 (full spectrum block) of some sort for the bod.
So, we’ve covered the bare essentials – face and body hydration, UV protection and foot and lip care.
Now let’s talk about a couple other travel do’s and don’ts for great skin:
- Avoid putting on makeup before boarding an airplane. Makeup will act as one more barrier if you want to rehydrate your skin during flight. (I’ll admit this is a tough one for us beauty mavens!)
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine, both in flight and before you board, but do drink as much water as you can–ideally, at least eight ounces for every hour of flight time.
- Periodically head to the restroom to splash lukewarm water on your face to rehydrate and clean out clogged pores. For long flights, consider soaking a washcloth or paper towel in hot water and placing it on your face to open nasal passages.
- Apply moisturizer or mist whenever you feel skin beginning to tighten. Every hour is not too often.
- Gel eye masks are inexpensive and you can ask a flight attendant to keep one in the galley refrigerator for you during the flight.
- Once you reach your destination, indulge in a long, hot bath as soon as possible. The key is to immerse yourself in water and restore moisture to your dried out skin, lips, and mucous membranes. In addition, a long bath or shower will help humidify the air, which can also be dreadfully dry in hotel rooms.
- Slip, Slop, Slap as the Aussies say. That’s slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, and slap on a hat!
Don’t stop protecting your skin just because you’ve completed the marathon of getting from Point A to Point B–especially if Point B has a dramatically different climate than Point A. Look out for sunburn.
- Essential Oil is a travel must. The airplane offers a host of bacteria and viruses, essential oils purify, protect and bolster your immune system.
My pick: Thieves by Young Living
An Irish blessing for your travels:
May your day be filled with blessings like the sun that lights the sky, and may you always have the courage
to spread your wings and fly!
See you at the spa!