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Long-Haul Beauty: Caring For Your Skin In-flight

Everyone gets excited packing for a summer holiday, choosing which bikinis to take and working out how many pairs of shoes you can fit in your suitcase. While you may have thought about adapting you skincare routine for your holiday destination, if you’re jetting off somewhere warm do not forget broad-spectrum sunscreen, have you thought about your beauty products for the long haul flight?

While you’re settling in with on board entertainment and dreaming about the sandy white beaches or hotel pool ahead of you, your skin is being sucked dry by the pressurised air in the cabin. If your skin is naturally dry then it's likely to get even drier where as oily skin tries to compensate for the lack of moisture in the air by producing even more oil, but no one is immune from the effects of travelling. Your skin also has the stress of travel to deal with. Jetlag, lack of sleep and other airport panics force the body to go into overdrive and produce the stress hormone cortisol. This can affect the skin and make it appear red, blotchy and more prone to breakouts. Luckily, making a few simple changes to your skincare regime and allowing a little room in your carry on for some helpful products can offset the problems travelling can cause. We've put together a list of ways you can help your skin, for every step of your journey. 

Tweaking your skincare routine before you jet off can be very helpful. A few days before your flight, up your moisturising routine and look for richer creams and lotions. You should also increase the amount of water you usually drink a couple days before you fly, in order to keep hydration levels up. Work out what products you want to take onto the plane with you, and set aside little amounts in travel-sized pots and bottles. Finally, just before your fly, while you're browsing round duty-free take the time apply a serum, like our Y Theorem Repair Serum. Serums are perfect pre-flight because they act as a vehicle to deliver moisturising ingredients deeper in the skin, and also form a barrier to protect the skin

While you might enjoy the inflight bar, your skin certainly doesn’t. Alcohol and caffeine are two major causes of dehydration, instead stick to water or green tea to keep your skin looking fresh. Face creams provide more moisture to the skin than a misting spray do, so keep a small travel-sized pot in your hand luggage to reapply throughout the journey. Try our Space Anti-Age Day Cream which contain hyaluronic acid to plump the skin and draw in moisture, and a vitamin complex to repair and rehydrate. If you’re on a really long-flight then pack an eye mask and try to get a couple of hours sleep. Nothing restores the skin more than a good nap, and while we’re getting some much needed shut-eye our skin is busy repairing itself. 

Don’t feel like applying a face mask in-flight? Then save it for after touch down. Our Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment mask is 500x finer than other tissue masks, allowing them to hold more product. Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes to allow the potent ingredients to skin into your skin, leaving it looking brighter, plumper and refreshed. Once you’ve landed top up your moisture levels by applying a moisture rich face cream, and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. You should make sure to thoroughly cleanse and exfoliate your skin once your reach your hotel room, to remove dead skin cells and leave your complexion looking much brighter.

You must remember that the amount of beauty products you can keep in your carry on is limited. The total amount of liquid you can carry on to a plane is one litre, but each beauty product should be in an individual container measuring no more than 100ml – which is plenty for a flight. Keep all your products together in a clear, zip locked bag. Don’t forget this is just UK airports, if you’re flying from a different country you will need to check their requirements. For more information click here

Published: Monday, 28 July 2014

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