It’s winter here, and summer somewhere else in the World… so now is a great time to learn some handy skin tips before jetsetters like you take on the skies to chase some vitamin-D.
It’s no secret that when we travel our skin can feel not-so-fresh. It is afterall, our armour, and it would rather take the brunt of recycled air and bacteria floating in the cabin, than have it affect our gut – oh so kind. The Cosmetic Clinics’ National Training Manager, Sam Wilson, shares her advice to restore the glow post-flight.
Prepare for take-off
Regardless of the amount of time you will be spending in the air, flying is incredibly dehydrating and can have lasting effects on your skin. To address any dehydration, apply a rich moisturiser before boarding, preferably one that is high in hyaluronic acid and vitamins like vitamin A or E.
“Hyaluronic acid helps with the creation of collagen, as well as supporting and retaining the skin’s natural moisture, contributing to anti-aging benefits to the skin,” says Sam. “Vitamin E oil works to block free radicals from the body while Vitamin A encourages healthy skin cell production. Vitamin A also stimulates fibroblasts, the cells responsible for developing tissue that keeps skin firm and healthy, in the deeper layers of your skin.”
This can apply to any exposed skin, so it is helpful to travel with a good quality hand cream to keep your hands hydrated and protected.
Flying high, not dry
Instead of wearing long-wearing makeup, try to swap it out for mineral makeup when you fly. It will allow your skin to breathe and will also increase the benefits of your pre-flight moisturiser application.
“Re-apply moisturiser regularly throughout flights or when you feel your skin drying out,” suggests Sam. “If you feel like moisturiser is too heavy to keep re-applying, a great alternative is a hydrating mist to deliver moisture to thirsty skin. Mists can also have the added benefit of leaving you feeling more awake and refreshed. Our favourite is the Balense Moisture Spritz!”
“Also, be aware of how much you touch your face and make a conscious effort not to, as touching your face is the fastest way for bacteria to spread.”
Another great habit when flying is to drink lots of water – pre, during and post! It’s a simple yet effective way of helping your skin stay hydrated and looking its best. If you’re really serious, skip the temptation of an alcoholic beverage as it will dehydrate your skin even more.
Prepare for landing
The effects of flying don’t stop the minute you touch down and leave the plane, for a few days after your skin may be feeling dry, dehydrated, lackluster and lifeless.
To combat this, fuel your body with lots of skin-loving foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables. Foods high in Omega 3, such as salmon and flaxseeds, will also help to minimise the effect on inflamed skin and aid in recovery.
“If your skincare routine doesn’t seem to improve your skin post travels then it’s worth considering a booking yourself a microdermabrasion with LED Light Therapy,” says Sam.
“Exfoliating facial treatments such as microdermabrasions and medi-aesthetic peels rejuvenate the skin, helping to restore elasticity and remove dead skin and built-up pollutants. Adding LED Light Therapy to your microdermabrasion targets deep into the skin cells, not just the surface, aiding the natural functions and healing from the inside out.”
To find out more on how your skin can recover from a flight visit your local clinic for a complimentary consultation.