Look just as fresh at landing as you did at take-off! Photo credit: Shutterstock.
I love travelling – airports are my happy place and flights my very own version of roller coasters. But that isn’t always good news for my skin. Flights – especially long flights – can really do a number on the skin. The dry cabin air dehydrates your skin and leaves it looking dull and tired. Add to it the lack of sleep and poor circulation due to restricted movement and it’s a skin disaster. Does your skin also give away signs of a long flight? If you look much better at departures then you do at arrivals, here’s some help for you.
Rule 1: Drink The Right Stuff
Guzzle as much water or liquids before and during flights to combat dehydration. Of course, this does not include alcohol. I know it’s hard to pass up the free booze, but it just makes your skin sallow. Also, don’t drink too much coffee as it will dehydrate your body further.
Rule 2: Hydrate Externally Too
Spritz on some face mist every now and then. Just be careful about not soaking the passengers sitting near you.
Rule 3: Move Around
The lack of movement for long intervals causes poor blood circulation. That’s why you may end up looking bloated after a flight or have swollen feet. Move around the aisle if you can. But the best and most practical solution is to boost circulation by rotating your joints like ankles and wrists.
Rule 4: Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
To look radiant on landing, you also need to boost the skin’s microcirculation. An easy way to do this is by working in moisturiser in small and circular motions. You can do this while watching the in-flight movie.
Don't let long flights make your skin look dull and tired. Photo credit: Shutterstock.
Rule 5:Pump Up Your Skin
Keep a travel size serum in your handbag. Such concentrated formulas are perfect for travelling. Wipe your face with a wet wipe (another in-flight lifesaver) and apply the serum every few hours.
Rule 6: Don’t Forget Your Lips and Peepers
Make use of the airlines’ eye mask. Tired eyes will trump all your efforts, and we don’t want that. You can also apply an eye cream or use a special eye mask, which is very easy to carry. And yes, apply a lip balm from time to time.
Rule 7: Just Before Landing
About 20 minutes before landing, break open a vitamin C or E capsule and apply it to your face. You can also use a clear or gel mask that sinks into your skin instantly – Priyanka Chopra applies the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask before the flight ends.