What Happens to Your Skin When You’re on an Airplane
Tomorrow I'll be on a plane to NYC! I wanted to make this post to remind myself to constantly hydrate and protect my skin while flying and of course I wanted to share it with you all if you're flying soon or will be flying in the near future.
If you did not know, low air quality and high air pressure on airplanes will dry out your skin immensely. It's because air is recycled throughout the plane, along with extremely low humidity, which will cause your skin to dry out! But fear not, I'm here to help you prevent this.
With constant dry and recycled air, your skin is prone to excessive dryness AND also over production of oil. This sounds counter-productive right? It's because your skin is so dry, so your body compensates by producing excess oil. You can prevent all of this by moisturizing before and during the flight.
Another major issue, especially if you're at a window seat is exposure to UV rays. You're closer to the sun, which makes you more susceptible to UV light damage. Airplane windows are designed to block out UVB rays BUT not UVA rays. UVA rays can penetrate deep into the dermis which will increase your chances of skin cancer.
So, you now know what happens to your skin when flying, here's how to prevent it!
1. Use a cleansing stick instead of a liquid cleanser.
Cleansing sticks are TSA-friendly and won't spill anywhere. It's always nice to be able to wash your face from that excess oil and pollution while on the plane.
My favorites: Neogen's Real Fresh Green Tea Cleansing Stick ($22), Milk Makeup's Matcha Cleanser ($26)
2. Bring sheet masks with you.
Depending on the length of air time, 1-2 sheet masks are enough (more if you want to use them throughout your trip). I personally like to use gel sheet masks because they are less messy/won't drip everywhere and are equally hydrating.
My favorites: Glow Recipe's Watermelon Glow Jelly Sheet Mask ($8), Manefit's Natural Gift Green Tea Pore Care Sheet Mask ($5), Dr. Jart+'s Brightening Infusion Hydrogel Mask ($7.50)
3. Misting will keep your skin quenched.
Need a quick hydration? Misting will help get rid of dry skin quickly.
My favorites: Cosrx's Low pH PHA Barrier Mist ($21), Benton's Honest TT Mist ($11)
I would add Glossier's Soothing Face Mist to this list, but unfortunately, it's over TSA's 3 oz limit.
4. Pack a versatile moisturizer.
If you want hydration but don't want something heavy or time-consuming like a mask, a light-weight moisturizer will do. My favorite one is Glossier's Priming Moisturizer. It's perfect for a flight. It's buildable and hydrating without clogging your pores or making your face feel sticky.
My favorites: Glossier's Priming Moisturizer ($22)
5. Don't forget sunscreen!
Yes, even when on an airplane I apply sunscreen. I avoid the window seat in every way possible, unless if I'm flying at night. If you hate sunscreen, these are some of my favorite non-greasy, lightweight ones.
My favorites: Neogen's Day-Light Protection Sun Screen SPF 50/PA+++ ($30), Glossier's Invisible Shield SPF 35 ($25)
Other Beauty Tips:
Pack your eye creams in contact cases
Soak your toner in cotton pads and keep them in a plastic bag
Mix your serum into your moisturizer to save space
Pack skincare & makeup samples as a backup
Now you're prepared to fly knowing that being on an airplane won't wreak havoc on your skin. Just because of rules and regulations, doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your skin. Traveling can be stressful and your skin will go through a lot. Make sure you and your skin are well hydrated and your skin will thank you.
I am not sponsored by any of the brands nor am I affiliated with any of the brands listed above. Thank you for reading & take care! – xoxo, Annie.
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