From takeoff to touchdown, Dr. Renée shares key tips for your next trip.
– KEYS SOULCARE
The doctor is in — and she’s clearing the air about in-flight skincare. How do we protect ourselves from post-flight breakouts? Does the plane really dry our skin? And, how should we prep for getting skin back in balance once we land? Our resident skin expert Dr. Renée has you covered. Read on for some essential guidelines to help your skin stay grounded and glowing, even at 10,000 feet.
What does flying do to our skin and eyes?
Flying can wreak havoc on our skin and seriously dehydrate your glow! This is thanks to a lack of humidity in an aircraft cabin, which is 20 to 50 percent lower than what the skin is used to. Air travel will often leave our skin in desperate need of hydration. (Opting for a mid-flight cocktail does not help the situation either!)
Salty plane food contributes to water retention along the lower eyes, and leads to puffy lower eyes that make you look ultra-tired. [To combat this], stay hydrated throughout the flight [and] try to walk [around the plane] every 20 to 30 minutes.
Another thing you need to watch out for is the sun. If you are flying inside a vessel in the sky — especially in a window seat — you’re also closer to the sun, making your skin more susceptible to the sun’s damaging UV rays.
How can we best prep them for flights?
Pre-hydrating and drinking water during flights is helpful. You could also apply an overnight hydrating mask before boarding: these are typically transparent and add plenty of nourishment to the skin. If that feels too heavy — specifically if you’re wearing a mandatory face mask already — applying our Comforting Balm to eyes and lips while flying, then spritzing on our Revitalizing Aura Mist to open pores, [and using] our Promise Serum is a great idea.
What about during and post-flight?
Be sure to keep your shade down and don’t forget to reapply your sunscreen. Remember, sunscreen only lasts two hours at the most. Flights can also increase oil production due to the low humidity levels. Translation? Your skin can try to overcompensate for the dryness and increased sebum production, which could lead to a possible later breakout. If you have post-flight oily skin, give your skin a good cleanse, tone with a pH toner that will return to your skin to the acid mantle it likes to live in, and apply an oil-free moisturizer to help regulate sebum production and decrease the amount of excess oil.
Applying skincare products with a circular massaging motion — or with help from our Obsidian Facial Roller — increases blood flow and promotes a healthy-looking glow post-flight.
Hand cream is also a must after washing hands. Apply our Comforting Balm to cuticles and lips prior to a big nap. Some of us experience red, irritated eyes, too — which are due to the dry climate and air inside the plane. Systane eye drops are my go-to.
Any other personal rituals you swear by?
A ritual I always perform is trying to dress comfortably. I try to wear a boot with a small heel and switch to comfy, fluffy socks while on the flight. I find turning my phone off to be such a nice break and a chance to catch up on my medical journals or my latest favorite TV shows (Ted Lasso is my current fave!).
What’s your skincare flight plan? Share your favorite tip or more Q’s for Dr. Renee in the comments!