Why Do We Need to Take Care of Our Skin When Flying?
Dr Chee Yew Wen mentioned that one of the most common skincare concerns experienced by many during long-haul flights is experiencing thirsty and dehydrated skin especially on the face. Imagine you’re all ready for a summer holiday trip you have been counting down to and after a long haul flight, you noticed your skin feels extremely dry out, dull and fine lines start to surface on your face.
These are some common problems faced during long haul flight due to high altitude and moisture are being sucked out of your skin. Not only will you experience dehydrated skin issues, you may also experience other potential effects like water retention which leads to eyes puffiness, dark eye circles and bacteria overload. Dr Chee suggested a few steps you can follow below to keep your skin moisturised and supple during and after long haul flight.
Skincare Before Flight
It is important to start prepping your skin right even before your flight. It is important to lay a good foundation for a radiant and moisturised skin. The night before your long haul flight, apply a hydrating face mask with ingredients like raw honey or oatmeal can give your face an extra boost of long-lasting moisture. Raw honey and oatmeal have soothing and hydrating properties and most importantly, they are natural ingredients which are gentle on the skin.
After rinsing off your mask, choose a gentle cleanser for cleansing in order to prevent over-drying and tightness on your face. After which, apply a serum that can deliver moisture down into the deepest layer of your skin and retain the moisture that you need is important and choose a moisturiser that can seal and lock in moisture on the top layer of skin.
Lastly, sunscreen is a must as you are exposed to the UV radiation which is extremely harmful therefore it is highly recommended to wear sunscreen which has SPF30 and above with UVA / UVA protection. If you are seated by the window, you can pull down your window to minimise direct contact with the Sun.
Skincare During Flight
You have applied sunscreen before your flight but if your flight is longer than 2 to 3 hours, remember to reapply it every 2 hours to maximize your protection from the UV radiation. The higher the altitude and the longer the flight, the more UV radiation you’re risked being exposed to which will cause premature aging and pigmentation in the long run.
Dr Chee also reminded us the importance of keeping your body hydrated therefore drinking plenty of water can help to lessen the dehydration on your skin. While face mist is a good skincare product to freshen up your skin, you should hold off the face mist during flight as the dry air will strip off moisture from the top layer of your skin therefore a moisturiser will be a better choice to keep your face hydrated during flight. The dry air in the plane caused by high altitude will also dry up your lips and hands. Keep a lip balm and hand cream in your carry-on so you can apply them as and when to keep them fully moisturised.
People who tend to suffer oily skin will experience oilier skin so be sure to blot off the excess oil. It is also best to avoid wearing heavy makeup like foundation on your skin during flight as the dry air will leave your makeup looking cakey and worsen the appearance of fine lines on the face and may clog your pores. If you must, go for something light like applying a loose powder or tinted moisturiser along with a moisturizing lip balm.
After Flight Skincare
You have successfully keep your face moisturised and hydrated after a long haul flight. What now? Exfoliate your skin with very gentle products that is not harsh can brighten up your dull skin post-flight and continue to hydrate your skin with moisturiser or apply face mask as you will experience a change in climate upon arrival. Your skin may also feel sensitive due to the climate change so it is important to layer your skin with hydrating, chemical and fragrance free skincare products.