Now that the world is slowly opening up again, people are taking off in airplanes all over the world. They are packing their swimsuits, sunglasses, and their beach towels. However, they are forgetting the most important thing: skincare! It blows my mind how little people know about the damaging effects that flying has on their skin. Due to the fact that airplanes must recycle the air inside the cabin, this air is incredibly drying to your entire body. Since your skin is the largest organ we have, it takes the brunt of the damage. Listen, don't worry about what anybody else is doing on the flight. Since passengers can't crack a window for some fresh air (seriously, don’t try to do that), a sheet mask is the next best thing. Also, if you thought wearing alcohol-free sunscreen was important when you were on the ground, it is the most important thing I can advise you to do before getting on a plane, even if you forget everything else I’m about to tell you. As we all know, the best way to prepare for an upcoming battle is to know what you're up against. Since you'll be facing a compacted space with dry, recycled air and endless amounts of germs, I'll give you the low down on how to have your skin cruising at a reasonable altitude.
Welcome Aboard Flight 101
Alright, everyone say it with me: HYDRATION! This is the secret golden ticket that will solve all your in-flight skincare problems. It helps to start your hydration journey long before you even get on the plane, particularly the night before when possible. If you don’t have a regular skincare routine, a hydrating face mask and body moisturizer, such as Soulita’s Ultra Healing Shea Butter, will be essential. If you do have a skincare routine, your products that contain hyaluronic acid will be the most beneficial; hydrating your skin more than even water could. This guarantees that your skin is being prepared for the next day. As a tip for my constantly oily readers: this information is vital for your skin since your over-active sebaceous glands make it feel like it is always dry. That exaggeration of your glands, plus the reality of how drying a 30-minute short-haul (or a 15-hour transatlantic long haul) will equal the same traumatic result for your skin either way. Don’t you feel better knowing at least your skin will be prepared for the day ahead filled with long, stressful air travel?
During the morning of the flight, be sure to eat breakfast, hydrate your skin, and most importantly get a lot of fluids in your system! And when I say fluids, I mean water. And I’m not just talking about one single water bottle; you’re gonna want to drink a few bottles of water before getting on the plane and carry an empty bottle on the flight to keep hydrated. All my coffee lovers are going to hate me for this, but I need you to take this flight with little to no coffee consumption. Research from Healthline shows that coffee is a natural diuretic so don't be surprised that you go to the bathroom so often in your regular day-to-day life. This can be counterintuitive on the flight where the goal is to keep water in your system.