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IF YOU’RE JETTING OFF SOME­WHERE EX­OTIC, HERE’S HOW TO AR­RIVE LOOK­ING AS BRIGHT AS THE SUM­MER SUN

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | YOU/ WELLBEING - WORDS: AM­BER MACPHERSON

If you’re one of thou­sands of Aus­tralians head­ing over­seas to es­cape the chill this win­ter, lucky you. While you’re on a fast track to an en­vi­able hol­i­day glow, Bi­ologi der­mal spe­cial­ist Lucy Ku­per says that 18hour or more flight will take its toll on your skin if you don’t take pre­cau­tions.

“The big­gest chal­lenge your skin faces on long-haul flights is de­hy­dra­tion due to the dry cabin air,” Lucy says.

“For most peo­ple, your skin is com­fort­able when the hu­mid­ity is be­tween 40 and 70 per cent, how­ever, most aero­plane cab­ins can get to lows of 10 per cent hu­mid­ity which can re­sult in dry, red and flaky skin.

“This de­hy­dra­tion can then also make your skin over­com­pen­sate for loss of mois­ture and stim­u­late more oil pro­duc­tion, mak­ing it look greasy.

“Com­bine that with the higher al­ti­tude, which lim­its blood flow to the skin and makes your com­plex­ion look dull, and long-haul flights seem less and less appealing.”

While it would be wickedly pleas­ing for those of us shiv­er­ing through win­ter to leave it at that, Lucy is will­ing to share some tips for Euro sum­mer jet set­ters.

She says the first step is to drink wa­ter, and lots of it, and keep your face clean.

“Dou­ble up on your wa­ter con­sump­tion to hy­drate from the in­side, but also be care­ful about things that can un-do the good and de­hy­drate you, such as cof­fee and al­co­hol,”

Lucy says. “Try to wear no or min­i­mal makeup, with just sun­screen ap­plied to your face.”

The next step is choos­ing a mois­turiser that will work twice as hard as your go-to land prod­uct. Lucy says it should in­clude ac­tive in­gre­di­ents — ad­di­tives that ac­tively soothe your skin.

“Look for a high per cent of ac­tive in­gre­di­ents so you know you’re not just ap­ply­ing a whole heap of use­less filler in­gre­di­ents that don’t ac­tu­ally work,” she says. “Ac­tive-in­gre­di­ent serums will have a pro­found ef­fect on the skin, chang­ing it on a cel­lu­lar level and de­liv­er­ing the nu­tri­ents your skin needs. Look for those pow­er­house prod­ucts that con­tain vi­ta­mins and an­tiox­i­dants that give your skin a nat­u­ral glow and pro­vide a pro­tec­tive bar­rier against signs of early age­ing and blem­ishes.”

With lim­ited vol­ume con­tain­ers al­lowed in your carry on, Bi­olgi’s Bf Hy­drat­ing Body Serum is an ideal mois­turiser as it can be ap­plied ev­ery­where.

“It can be used all over, on your body, hands, face, lips and even on the ends of your hair,” Lucy says.

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