Keep fly­ing high

In ad­di­tion to jet lag and fa­tigue, long flights can cause a mul­ti­tude of changes in your skin. DR VARUN KATYAL tell you how to keep glow­ing through your long jour­neys.

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Y ou are all set to fly to your dream hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion abroad. From dry en­vi­ron­ment and changes in alti­tude to sit­ting in a cramped, con­fined space, air travel can def­i­nitely be harsh on your skin, psy­che and body. The fol­low­ing tips fol­lowed un­der the su­per­vi­sion of a der­ma­tol­o­gist may help you main­tain sup­ple, ra­di­ant and gor­geous skin be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter fly­ing in an air­plane:

Un­der­stand your skin type and your skin’s needs. Know the in­gre­di­ents that are cru­cial for your skin type and skin con­cerns so that you know which prod­ucts to pack and which to leave be­hind. Pick and pack prod­ucts based on the cli­mate of your des­ti­na­tion as well. Try and sub­sti­tute the gels and liq­uids with cleans­ing wipes or other solid bars and sticks, if pos­si­ble. The ab­so­lute es­sen­tials in your beauty bag are: Fa­cial Care sk­in­care prod­ucts: Cleanser (prefer­ably opt for a cleanser-cum-toner-cum-makeup re­mover) Eye con­tour sk­in­care prod­uct Mois­turiser Lip care prod­uct with SPF Sun­screen Ex­fo­lia­tor Ap­pro­pri­ate skin serum Face mask Body Care sk­in­care prod­ucts: Body moisturising lo­tion or cream Ex­fo­lia­tor Sun­screen spray or body mist Hand sani­tiser Hand cream

Tip: Use small con­tain­ers to carry your sk­in­care prod­ucts or carry trav­el­sized prod­ucts so that ev­ery­thing may fit into your hand­bag.


Pre­pare your skin by us­ing a mild ex­fo­lia­tor gen­tly, a day be­fore your flight to re­move dead cells.

Main­tain a ba­sic 3-step reg­i­men be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter a flight.

You must main­tain a ba­sic three­step reg­i­men even while trav­el­ling. You may pare down your sk­in­care steps to the ab­so­lute es­sen­tials while trav­el­ling. As a min­i­mum, a three-step ap­pli­ca­tion of cleanser, mois­turiser and sun­screen is ad­e­quate sk­in­care when trav­el­ling.

Use a skin serum.

Ap­ply a skin serum un­der a mois­tur­izer or sun­screen to de­liver mois­ture deep within the lay­ers of the skin while pro­vid­ing an oc­clu­sive seal to help the skin re­tain its mois­ture.

Use a broad-spec­trum sun­screen.

When you are in an air­plane, you are very prone to UV dam­age. There­fore, it is a must to ap­ply a broad spec­trum sun­screen with a min­i­mum of SPF 30 on the face, neck and all ex­posed parts ap­pro­pri­ately and reap­ply it as re­quired.


To pre­vent break­outs while trav­el­ling, avoid touch­ing your skin un­nec­es­sar­ily. Do carry a small bot­tle of hand san­i­tizer with you.

Fol­low proper UV Pro­tec­tion. Use an ap­pro­pri­ate broad spec­trum sun­screen and keep reap­ply­ing it ap­pro­pri­ately at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals. Try and use ad­di­tional UV pro­tec­tion meth­ods like a scarf, sun­glasses, etc.

Keep your­self hy­drated. It is ben­e­fi­cial to keep your body hy­drated while fly­ing, so drink­ing plenty of wa­ter is im­por­tant.

Clean sweep your makeup. If you are on a long flight, make sure you re­move your makeup ap­pro­pri­ately be­fore sleep­ing. Fol­low up with a hy­drat­ing and nour­ish­ing mois­turiser and eye con­tour sk­in­care prod­uct and lip care prod­uct.

Mask dry­ness To re­duce dry­ness, ap­ply a moisturising mask just be­fore board­ing and leave on the skin for the du­ra­tion of the flight, if pos­si­ble.

Get creamy Keep a hy­drat­ing hand cream and lip balm with an SPF in your hand­bag and use when­ever re­quired.

Pre­vent break­outs To pre­vent break­outs while trav­el­ling, avoid touch­ing your skin un­nec­es­sar­ily. Do carry a small bot­tle of hand san­i­tizer with you.


Use a mild fa­cial scrub. When ar­riv­ing at your des­ti­na­tion (ho­tel, home or other), cleanse your skin and use a mild fa­cial scrub to re­move sur­face dry skin cells caused from fly­ing.

Use a hy­drat­ing mask post flight.

Af­ter ex­fo­li­at­ing with a mild fa­cial scrub, it is im­por­tant to use a hy­drat­ing mask. Leave the mask on for a few min­utes, rinse well and ap­ply an ap­pro­pri­ate mois­tur­izer.

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