The combination of recirculated air and increased UV exposure can quickly become a nightmare for your complexion. To make things worse, it’s not easy to stick to your normal skincare routine in such close quarters, especially in what’s essentially a public restroom. Fortunately, there are a few skincare routine tips for a long-haul flight that will help keep your skin in balance and help you stay when you land.
Before you step on that plane, you need to make sure your skin is clean and clear. That means fully cleansed and with no makeup. Ideally, you’ll do your whole routine at some point during the day before liftoff. It’s also wise to do a vitamin-infused facial as close to your departure date as possible to safeguard your skin from the differing climate you’ll experience when you land. Also, try to avoid highly caffeinated, alcoholic, or sugary drinks, as they can zap your skin’s moisture. Ultimately, you need to stay hydrated, but if you can’t kick the craving, just make sure you follow your beverage with some water.
While you’re in the sky, washing your face in the sink isn’t always an option, so to give your skin a boost of hydration, you have a few options. Face oil is a must for every skincare routine, but it’s nearly nonnegotiable when you’re in the sky. Because of the drying conditions, applying it every eight hours will protect your skin from dryness, and you don’t have to wash it off. Simply let it seep into your skin and work its magic.
Your other option is a no-mess, lightweight, moisturizing sheet mask. Slip one on and throw it away when you’re done, and let the hydrating serum soak in. If possible, combine both face oil and a sheet mask to fight off skin dehydration and stay refreshed. And remember not to apply face-mist unless you plan to put a cream or oil on top of it to lock the water in. The recirculated air will just suck it right out.
After you get off your flight, you’ll want to cleanse your skin as soon as possible. If it will be a while before you can, a cotton pad and some micellar water is a quick and easy way to remove dirt and kill residual bacteria.
The rest of your routine will depend on the climate that you’re in. Is it cold, hot, humid, or dry? You know your skin best and how it reacts to certain conditions, so remember to stay prepared and keep an eye on the weather. But no matter where you are, always bring an SPF and reapply throughout the day!
With these long-haul flight skincare routine tips in your toolbelt, your skin will thank you for the nourishment, and you can enjoy your vacation with hydrated, refreshed, and beautiful skin.