A long flight on an airplane to a far-off destination can be very exciting. It can also be tiring and wreak havoc on your body, especially your skin. The dry air on a plane can make your skin dry, dull and fatigued. Not to mention all of the dirt, germs, and dust you might pick up during a packed flight. Here are some ways to care for your skin after a long flight, including a few tips to help during the flight:
Before you take off, make sure to bring water on the plane. Board with a clean, makeup-free face as well. Remember that coconut water is also way more hydrating than regular water if you like the taste.
While you are flying, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. You can try using a hydrating face mask while you are in the air or spritz your face with a hydrating facial spray every hour or so.
If you are next to the window, make sure to apply sunscreen to protect your skin. You can actually get sunburned from the window of an airplane and receive long-term skin damage. After you get off the plane, don’t forget to re-apply, especially if you are landing at a very sunny destination.
When you land at your final destination, wash your face and use a facial scrub for sensitive skin. This will help remove any gunk that you picked up during the flight and clean out your pores. If you don’t have time to wash your face, use a cleansing wipe.
Next, you’ll want to make sure to be extra moisturized. Use a hydrating cream or an oil-free moisturizer if you have oily skin. You may also want to apply a hydrating face mask or sheet mask if you didn’t already use one on the plane. If your skin is very dry and dull, you may want to use another mask after you land too.
If your eyes feel puffy or you have bags under your eyes, try using a gel eye mask or a cold compress to refresh your eye area. The only other thing that will heal your skin is a good night’s sleep. If you can sleep on the plane or take a nap when you get to your destination, that would be ideal. If you are having trouble adjusting to a new sleep schedule, try taking melatonin to help you pass out more quickly.
Do you travel by plane often? What are your skin concerns while traveling?
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