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.
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.
BEFORE THE FLIGHT
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.
ON THE FLIGHT
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.
AFTER THE FLIGHT
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.