There’s nothing you love more than a nice, and well deserved, vacation. So while you’ve planned out everything from which beaches to visit to the perfect hotel to stay at, there’s always one obstacle in the way. That’s getting from point A to point vacay. While there are many in-flight nuisances we could discuss, the number one is that traveling always wrecks havoc on the skin. Luckily, there are ways to save your skin from the trauma if you follow these steps.
For those long flights when you’re stuck in coach, be sure to drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated. Another tip, “Bring a travel-sized moisturizer for your face and hands to prevent skin from drying, accentuating fine lines, wrinkles and tiredness due to low humidity and cabin pressure,” says Smithtown, NY, dermatologist Marina Peredo, MD. Also, don’t forget your lips! The recirculated air on planes tend to dry them out, so be sure to have a hydrating lip balm ready.
To combat under eye circles and puffiness, be sure to have a travel-size illuminating eye cream packed in your carry on. Dr. Peredo also says to avoid mascara, “The dryness causes the mascara to flake and can irritate your eyes.”
In fact, it’s best to skip makeup all together when in flight. Kate Duff, co-founder of the travel website 3FLOZ.com, says to travel barefaced. “Wearing makeup while you fly can dehydrate your skin.” So to spare your skin the trauma, opt for a tinted moisturizer to keep it hydrated and still have some coverage.
Even if you get to travel in style (ahem, First Class), your skin is still at risk but you have access to more beauty essentials. Lower your seat back as far as it can go to avoid fluid from retaining in your eyes that causes bags. Request a cool wet cloth and place it over your face for a bit before your moisturize. “Moisturizing while your face is damp will help to lock in hydration,” says Dr. Peredo.
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