Long-haul travel plays havoc on skin. Trudi Brewer shares her advice on how to stay hydrated and look great the moment you reach your destination.
Flying comes at a cost, and skin is often the biggest loser. From the moment you step on board any long-haul flight follow these rules on how to take care of skin before you take off.
Remove your makeup
Flying is a stressful business, which increases skin redness and any inflammatory conditions you may suffer from, such as eczema or psoriasis. Remove your makeup before you sleep, especially on long-haul flights. Short of packing cleansers remove your makeup using a nourishing facial wipe. Try Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towellettes with Cotton Extract, $10.
There is zero humidity.
Skin is at it's best when the humidity in the air is hovering between 40 to 70 percent. When you're in flight cabin humidity is never more than 20 percent, so after an hour skin may not look it but it will be dry. When there is no water in the air, moisturisers don’t work as well, and a facial mist, while high in water evaporates from your skin, which can make dryness even worse. Invest in a hydrating serum and press it into cleansed skin during a long-haul flight: Try Jurlique Nutri Define Superior Retexturising Facial Serum, $175 the 30ml bottle is ideal for travel.
Take care of the lips, and cuticles.
The not-so-pretty side effects of dryness include dry lips, and cuticles as well as that parched feeling inside the nose. Keep a tub of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm, $45 on hand it's a heal-all, true lifesaver in flight.
Wear sunscreen inflight.
Being physically closer to the sun does increase your risk of sun damage, especially if you’re sitting in a window seat. UV rays are much more intense at higher altitudes, and with thinner air, there is less screening of harmful radiation, so sunscreen when flying during the day is a must. Try Guerlain Super Aqua' BB Cream $125.