Rebecca Treston, gives us her top 10 skincare tips for flying this summer and explains why flying is such a stress to our skin.

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Why is flying such a stress for our skin?

Pressurised cabins have low levels of humidity and are very dry places to be for any length of time. Research suggests that for humans to be comfortable, humidity should be at between 30 and 64 per cent but in an aircraft, it can drop to two per cent and the natural moisture in your skin quickly evaporates. This means that your face, hands and other extremities will start to feel dry and look dull and parched.

10 Skin care tips for inflight

  1. No Make-up, allow your skin time to breathe. If you can’t bear to step outside without makeup on then be sure to remove your makeup once on board your flight with some skincare wipes.
  2. Use moisturiser, after makeup removal, apply moisturiser. Look for a moisturiser that contains essential nutrients and Hyaluronic Acid which will keep skin hydrated for hours on end.
  3. Drink lots of water, while your face is being hydrated from the moisturiser, don’t forget that good skin comes from the inside out so be sure to drink plenty of water to ensure you stay well-hydrated.
  4. Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine. Though both may be freely on offer throughout the flight, don’t be tempted as both are really dehydrating. Stick to water instead – your face will definitely thank you for it.
  5. Give your eyes some TLC. Gently dab a rich eye cream underneath your eyes. This is the only part of the face that doesn’t create moisture, so this eye contour region can get very dry on a flight. If you’re on a long flight and aren’t worried about looking a little silly, try some moisturizing and soothing eye patches.
  6. Mask your fatigue. Should you not quite feel comfortable slathering your face with green goo at 40,000 feet, there’s an entire range of “sleeping” face masks that go on translucent, and are specially formulated to hydrate for hours. If you don’t want to splurge on one, ask for a tiny sample at a beauty counter — it will be the perfect amount and won’t break cabin baggage rules!
  7. Get some sleep. While you’re waiting at your gate, calculate the best time to get in some sleep—and how much—in an effort to ward off jet lag. Not only will this have you feeling more alert and remarkably less zombie-like upon landing, but you’ll also look better.
  8. Embrace the mist! Once you have woken up and have had the chance to stretch, wipe down the skin again with a refreshing facial mist. Misting your face with something gentle and non-irritating such as the classic Evian spray will refresh your face from the stale air and add more hydration.
  9. Use a facial oil. Don’t be scared of slathering yourself with it, regardless of your skin type. Face oils work to add pure moisture back into your skin, rebalancing your skin’s modes of oil production and making you look less slick. With clean hands (use the face wipes you had to remove make up at the start of the flight!), apply a liberal helping of oil, concentrating on your cheeks, forehead, and chin, making sure to gently massage it into your skin.
  10. Invest in some lip balm. Be sure to pack a rich and nourishing lip balm as in the drying atmosphere lips quickly get chapped so a lip balm will be your lips’ salvation.

Skincare tips for when you land

Before arriving at your destination, re-apply your makeup or simply slather on a high factor SPF with UVA and UVB protection for daytime.

In really hot climates, you might like to apply a gorgeous hydrating mask in the evenings which will replenish moisture lost during the day-time. Then replace your usual moisturiser with a light-weight serum.In the event that your skin does get burnt make sure to apply some Aloe Vera gel or lotion to the affected areas.

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