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Flying is notorious for its dehydrating effect on the skin. And no wonder – airplane cabins are actually drier than deserts. Deserts have an annual average of 25 percent humidity while planes typically have a paltry 10 percent.
Fortunately, there are ways you can prevent your skin from being robbed of its moisture during your travels so your skin is soft and supple when you land.
The moisturizer you apply before boarding is key. It must hydrate deeply to provide your skin all-day moisture that can really last through dry cabin air. It’s important to wear SPF as well – especially if you’re sitting in a window seat.
Several flight attendants use our Dramatic Transformation Cream SPF 18 because it provides deep moisture without causing any breakouts. It keeps the skin supple and smooth, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that can be exacerbated by the dry air.
Hydrating internally is just as important as hydrating externally when flying. Drinking liberal amounts of water before, during and after your flight is a must. Plain water is great, but enhanced water is better to replenish your body. Nuun tablets contain electrolytes, which play vital roles in keeping the water balanced both inside and outside of our cells. Pop a tablet into your water bottle pre-flight and you’ll have extra protection against dehydration.
Other options that can promote a boosted hydrating effect are Smartwater, which is infused with electrolytes, or coconut water, which naturally contains multiple electrolytes.
Try to limit caffeine during your trip, which can cause you to become even more dehydrated than you would be otherwise. Be mindful that if you’re going to have that cup of coffee, make sure you chase it with water.
Snacking on water-filled fruits in-flight also gives your skin and body an extra boost of hydration. Apples, grapes, and melons are typically readily available in every concourse.
Once you arrive at your hotel, cleanse your skin to refresh and apply a manual scrub if your skin is feeling especially parched. If you don’t have a manual scrub handy, our Refining Treatment Cleanser can be used as a flash mask in a pinch. Just apply it to wet skin, leave it on for 10 minutes, rinse and pat skin dry. Follow with moisturizer and you’ll be good to glow.