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