The spring and summer seasons have officially started, so one priority that is probably taking over your mind is travel! With long haul flights to countries like Australia sometimes lasting for as many as 15 hours, however, you may wonder how to save your skin against the effects of flight. Research indicates that planes do indeed hamper skin quality. Hovering at 10% to 20%, humidity levels are very low in aircraft, and this means that both dry and oily skin can suffer. Streamlining your beauty routine while flying is important for keeping your skin looking fresh and bright while on vacation.
The key to caring for skin and during your adventures is sticking to the basic aspects of your skincare routine. You may lower the steps in your daily care, but you definitely need to keep up traditional care methods and rely more on natural ingredients like Waxing Kara’s Rose+Lavender Facial Oil to nourish skin throughout your travels.
Why Do Flights Affect Both Oily and Dry Skin?
If you have dry skin, then you will probably notice that familiar tight, uncomfortable sensation about an hour into flight. Those with oil skin, meanwhile, may notice that their oil glands seem more active as usual. In essence, dry skin is caused by oil glands seeking to over-compensate for dryness. Therefore, you will need to tackle both problems prior to take-off. Lips can also become very dry, and you may notice cracking and chapping. Pop a tub of Waxing Kara Raspberry or Blueberry Lip Scrub with you. Made with soothing honey, it is gentle and paraben, petroleum, and phthalate-free. The tub is nice and tiny, so it won’t take up too much space in your bag.
Ditch heavy makeup to give skin a fighting chance during a hectic flight. Before leaving your home, cleanse and moisturize the skin as usual and afterward, use a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid, which is a powerful hydrating ingredient. Avoid vitamin A-containing creams (retinoids) during the day, since these can have a drying effect when you start using them. After your moisturizer, apply a sunscreen with a high SPF (aim for 30+). Remember that the sun can still enter through the window, thus potentially worsening sun spots and dark patches. Of course, sunscreen will be key throughout your voyage, especially if you are exploring exotic countries or warm sunny areas in which being out an about is the order of the day. If you have oily skin, bring gentle wipes containing micellar water.
If you will be flying at night time, take advantage and apply a simply wipe-off mask during ‘lights off’ time. The mask should ideally be made with a hydrating base like shea butter. Masks generally need to remain on skin for 10 minutes minimum; just wipe it off with your favorite micellar wipes afterwards. Even oily skinned passengers will find that a non-comedogenic (i.e. non-pore-clogging) moisturizing mask will leave their skin beautifully smooth and silky, and not greasy in the slightest. Even if you normally love black charcoal peel-off masks, the humidity challenge in planes require a more hydrating solution.
After the Flight
Keeping up a complex skincare routine will be tough if you are hopping from city to city or taking part in adventure activities. Take it down to four ingredients if you can: your cleanser, serum, moisturizer, and any specific treatment that is part of a long-term program. This can include glycolic acid or retinol capsules, which are small and which therefore take up very little space and time to apply. Lastly, remember to use a good sunscreen every day. This will ensure you don’t return with sunspots or sunburn.
Try to bring only the beauty products you need on your next flight, making hydration and lip care key priorities to battle dryness. If you have room in your bag, a mask is a fantastic idea to help skin enjoy a boost of moisture. Keep up any long-term skincare routines you have been relying on, but take individual capsules or smaller tubs with you. You may not have time for your usual five-or-more-step routine, but you can definitely continue to target your major skin concerns during your flight and beyond.