Have Your Updated Your Beauty Routine To “In-Flight” Status?!
Passports? Check. Visas? Check. Travel date is set, reservations are all done, packing is almost ready BUT have you updated your beauty routine to “in-flight status” yet?? We guess not! For a terrible flyer like me the last thing on my mind would be my beauty routine or the fact that I have to upgrade it a notch. But a beauty fanatic friend once gave me an invaluable piece of advice that can both shake off my travel jitters while I pamper myself and protect my skin from the damaging and dehydrating cabin air. Focus on beauty….busy yourself with various beauty products while on the flight to make use of the time while you protect your skin.
It is no secret that recirculated cabin air can wreak havoc on your skin as it contains only 20% humidity which is half the recommended amount that the skin likes. So not only is travelling extremely dehydrating it can also inflame skin conditions such as rosacea and eczema so taking care of your skin in-flight should not be seen as a luxury but more of a necessity especially if you’re embarking on a long flight or frequent flights that are close together. Read below for CIIN’s essential guide to our “in-flight” beauty routine….
1 || Avoid Harsh Cleansers Prior To Flight
Since the cabin air can aggravate certain skin conditions, as well as irritate sensitive skin and dehydrate normal skin so it’s best not to get excited before your flight and use aggressive cleansing techniques.
2 || Wash It All Off
We know how much you love your makeup, but sadly we recommend you wash it all off before your flight. Cleanse your face before take off so it can receive the moisturising ingredients that you have to use during the flight as well as to acclimatise your skin to the changes in altitude, humidity and radiation. Use a gentle, non-foaming cleanser and if you must, you can apply your makeup while the plane lands.
3 || Build A Barrier
Work on helping your skin build a natural barrier against the harsh elements as well as increasing its repair mechanism by upping your moisturising ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and ceramides that work very well together. You may also choose a moisturiser with peptides to protect and strengthen skin against drying and damaging elements. Choose one that you can layer with other serums and masks such as Drunk Elephant. You can even choose a moisturising face mist to do the work for you. Dab on your moisturisers before, during, and after your flight.
4 || Sheet Masks
If you’re like me then you are probably kind of lazy when it comes to sheet masks….well you are obviously sitting there doing nothing so what better time and place to apply one than on a plane. If the idea of a sheet mask is too daring for you then choose any of the masks below.
5 || Antioxidants
Apply a layer of antioxidants such as vitamins C or E to inhibit the action of free-radicals during the flight.
6 || Use A Facial Messager
Give your skin a circulation-boosting massage with this mini facial massager. Not only will it help your skin absorb the products but it will give your skin a much needed boost. This will only take you a couple of minutes so don’t hesitate.
7 || Eye Drops
Don’t forget to moisturise your eyes as well. The dehydrating cabin air will greatly dry out your eyes and you will feel tempted to rub and pull at the delicate skin of your eyes so it’s a lose lose situation. Apply eye drops throughout the flight.
8 || Protect Your Lips
Apply super thick lip balms to protect against parched dry lips in the days after your fight. You can even use masks….again.
9 || Eye Creams & Masks
IF you’re the type of person with a tendency for under-eye circles then you know that they will probably increase with flying. Use under eye masks that provide extra-hydrating oils, antioxidants, and elastin to hydrate, plump and de-puff the under eye area. Or opt for gel-like creams that provide optimum hydration without overweighing the skin.
10 || Stay Hydrated From Within
It is a no-brainer that you have to drink plenty of fluids while flying to counteract the drying atmosphere and the salt and sugar-rich plane food. Take it up a notch by mixing one tablespoon of a probiotic supplement into a glass of water to provide you with a dose of vitamins, electrolytes and minerals to keep you well hydrated and energised.
11 || Wear Sunscreen
Yes believe it or not, your risk of ultraviolet rays exposure increases at high altitudes. Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of 30 SPF.
12 || Get Some Sleep
If you can manage to get some sleep during your flight that would be perfect, otherwise, use a sleep mask to help you catch up on your much needed beauty sleep without absorbing the products that you were hopefully piling on during your flight.