If you’re about to get on a long flight, you might already be thinking about all the damage it will cause your skin. Airplanes can leave your skin dehydrated, swollen, and irritated, but read on for tips on protecting your skin, even at 30,000 feet. 

Airplanes have an annoying habit of dehydrating the skin. Why? Airplane cabins have really low humidity levels, which means that your skin becomes dehydrated. Get an extra bottle of water before boarding to be well hydrated, just before taking off. There are many wonderful products such as hydrating oils and even drinks that can help you avoid the damage flying can cause. Here are some top tips on how to protect your skin while traveling. 

It is very important to prepare your skin before going on a trip, cleansing it with light product and applying a nourishing serum, like an oil. Then, add a much more powerful moisturizer to help retain your skin’s water reserves. It is essential not to wear makeup during the flight or at least remove it before boarding. The environment on airplanes is too dry and things are only made worse if your pores clogged with makeup. Hydrate the skin before the flight with a good facial oil, you can even make a homemade one with the following formula: 30 ml of avocado oil, rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins A, E, D and K; 10 drops of lavender oil, which will help you relax during the trip; and 10 drops of jasmine oil, which is super repairing and hydrating. You can reapply the oil it in the cabin, and for long flights, do so every three hours.

Also, try to help your skin from the inside out. Before boarding, you drink a little water with apple cider vinegar or a little lemon juice and ginger, plus a tablespoon of organic honey. This drink helps prevent bloating and bolsters your defenses. Take it before the flight, and you will see the difference! One of the most frequent mistakes people make is wearing fabric masks during flights since they absorb moisture and make our face look even more dehydrated. 

Help your skin by refreshing it again when landing. Your skin doesn’t know you’re on vacation; all it feels are new temperatures and fluctuations in humidity, pollution levels, and water hardness. You have to prepare your skin when you arrive at your destination with a facial toner. You’ve arrived! Regardless of your destination and its climate, you should always apply sunscreen. Remember that sun damage can happen anywhere. Avoid going out when the sun it at its highest point, between noon and three in the afternoon. That is when it causes the most damage to the skin. With these tips, you can enjoy traveling while taking care of yourself. Earning more frequent flier miles shouldn’t imply a tradeoff for your skin. 

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