HOW TO STAY HY­DRATED AT 30,000 FEET

Vacations & Travel - - V&t Travel Tips - By Sigour­ney Can­telo

It’s no se­cret that to fly is to de­hy­drate. While you’re up in the strato­sphere, cabin hu­mid­ity can be as low as 10 to 20 per cent – three times drier than the Sa­hara desert – and as the mile-high hours limp along mois­ture is leached from your body at a ter­ri­fy­ing rate.

On a 10-hour flight men can lose around two litres of wa­ter from their bod­ies, while women say good­bye to 1.6 litres. This means that on a long-haul trip to Europe you could lose 8 per cent of all your bod­ily wa­ter.

Drink­ing bucket loads of H2O while min­imis­ing your al­co­hol and salt in­take is the ob­vi­ous an­ti­dote to in­ter­nal wa­ter loss, but sadly it’s not enough to counter the parch­ing toll that fly­ing takes on your skin, nose and throat.

As a beauty writer with a pas­sion for travel, I’ve spent many years in­ter­ro­gat­ing flight at­ten­dants, celebri­ties and fab­u­lous jet­set­ting ‘it’ girls for their best in-flight fixes and, while re­sponses vary, the unan­i­mous view is that you need to be pre­pared with your full skin­care rou­tine in travel sizes – then layer them on fas­tid­i­ously dur­ing the flight. High main­te­nance? Sure, but you’ll reap the ben­e­fits when you reach your desti­na­tion. And let’s face it, you’re go­ing to have time.

Start by re­mov­ing any makeup

– a lovely hy­drat­ing oil cleanser like Der­ma­log­ica PreCleanse rinsed off in the bath­room will nour­ish your skin from the get-go – that’s if you can be both­ered to get up. If you’d rather stay in your seat, just use a mi­cel­lar wa­ter with cot­ton pads like Bio­derma Sen­si­bio. But what­ever you do make sure you steer clear of makeup wipes, as they’re too dry­ing.

Next, to pre­pare skin and start the lay­er­ing process, spritz on a fa­cial spray like Eve Lom Ra­di­ance Fa­cial Mist. Keep it in your seat pocket and top up ev­ery cou­ple of hours or when­ever you re­mem­ber – it’s meant to re­place 80 per cent of lost skin mois­ture.

Next ap­ply a hy­drat­ing gel mask. While tis­sue masks are great at main­tain­ing mois­ture, they can look pretty ridicu­lous. If you don’t fancy look­ing like Han­ni­bal Lecter, trans­par­ent gel masks are a much more user- and neigh­bour-friendly al­ter­na­tive. Sim­ply slather on the clear gel (like Ori­gins Drink Up In­ten­sive Overnight Mask), pop on your head­phones, cue movie and mar­i­nate. You’ll most likely find that two hours later there’s barely any­thing left to tis­sue off. That’s good – it means it’s work­ing.

If you’re not into mask­ing, a hy­drat­ing serum (like Hyalamide Booster) fol­lowed by mois­turiser

(like The Or­di­nary Nat­u­ral Mois­tur­is­ing Fac­tors + HA) that are both pumped with Hyaluronic Acid (a whiz-sk­ingre­di­ent that holds 1000 times its own weight in wa­ter) are the best way to su­per­charge your skin and quench its thirst. Cleanse again at the end of the flight and re­peat your serum and mois­turiser ap­pli­ca­tion be­fore dis­em­bark­ing.

So that’s it – LOTS of lay­ers.

And, just like when you’re dress­ing for cold weather, it’s all about mul­ti­ple light­weight sheaths. The Kore­ans and Ja­panese have known this for years, and fi­nally their skin wis­dom is catch­ing on in the West.

One fi­nal is­sue to ad­dress … the mois­ture loss from your air­ways. When your mu­cus mem­branes dry out, you are left much more sus­cep­ti­ble to air­borne in­fec­tions, which is why so many of us wind up with the dreaded lurgy a few days after a long flight. High-pro­file Syd­ney fa­cial­ist and Chanel Aus­tralia’s skin­care ex­pert Melanie Grant swears by a de­vice called the Hu­midiF­lyer™ that re­cy­cles your own mois­ture in your breath and sup­pos­edly pre­vents much of this de­hy­dra­tion.

How­ever – much like the Han­ni­bal Lecter sit­u­a­tion – if you don’t fancy look­ing like Darth Vadar, there are nasal sprays like Fess Fre­quent Flyer that can lu­bri­cate your air pas­sages. Keep a bot­tle in your seat pocket with your fa­cial spray and spritz reg­u­larly.

If any­one looks at you strangely just point your atom­iser in their di­rec­tion. They may en­joy some mois­ture, too.

Sigour­ney Can­telo is a reg­u­lar flyer and founder of on­line beauty hub Beau­ti­cate.com

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