The plane is a very unnatural environment that doesn't bode well for our skin. It's a pressurised cabin that's very dry because of the unusually low levels of humidity. This causes the moisture in our skin to evaporate quickly, making dry skin an issue regardless of the flight duration.
Those with dry skin will sometimes notice that skin either becomes slightly inflamed or flaky. On the other hand, if you have combination skin, you may experience oilier skin, as your skin produces more oil to lubricate dehydrated skin.
1. Stay hydrated
We know that beauty isn't skin deep, what's inside truly reflects on the outside. So remember to keep your bodies hydrated by drinking plenty of water in the days leading up to the trip.
Experts recommend drinking up to two cups of water per hour to stay hydrated.
2. Exfoliate gently and moisturise
If you have the time, going for a facial in advance would probably be a good idea. Otherwise, home facials would be helpful too. Either way, exfoliating the skin gently to get rid of accumulated dead skin cells and unclogging pores go a long way in helping to prevent breakouts.
After this, remember to pamper your skin with moisturiser and to pack a small amount (less than 100ml) for the flight.
3. Wear little or no makeup
However, the caveat of having makeup on at all is that dry air will suck the moisture out of it, making your skin look cakey and accentuate the wrong kind of lines - wrinkles. More importantly, you can't apply your moisturiser or put on a mask to hydrate your skin if you've got foundation on.
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